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Ben Bradley is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter who joined Chicago’s Very Own WGN Investigates team in January 2017. He currently co-anchors the WGN Evening News from 4-5 pm with Lourdes Duarte.

Prior to WGN-TV, Bradley spent 14 years at WLS-TV, ABC7 in Chicago as a reporter and weekend morning anchor. While reporting for WLS, he has traveled the globe on various stories including trips to China, Brazil, the Caribbean and nearly a dozen states.

His career started in 1994 at KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO as a weather anchor and reporter. He then traveled to WCBD-TV in Charleston, SC as a news reporter and weekday morning weather anchor. From 1998-2002, he was a weekend anchor and reporter at Tribune-owned CLTV.

In recent years, his work has been recognized with five Emmy Awards for breaking news coverage as well as two Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards for investigative reporting and a documentary on the legacy of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. He is also a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors Association and past president of the Chicago Headline Club, which, at the time, was the nation’s largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is married with three sons.


Recent Articles
  • Report details half dozen DCFS investigations into Joliet girl’s home, family

    WGN Investigates received the results of a Department of Children and Family Services review into the death of a Joliet toddler hours after a case worker visited the home. 17-month-old Semaj Crosby was first reported missing then found dead inside her family’s home in April. DCFS has come under fire for not removing Semaj or her siblings sooner. The case review says Semaj and other occupants of the home had been the subject of at least a half dozen DCFS […]

  • The bill is due: CPS owes staggering amount on teachers’ pension fund

    CHICAGO — $700 Million.  It’s an amount that’s difficult to get your mind around.  But that’s how much Chicago Public Schools owes its teachers’ pension fund.  Payment is due this summer. “The problem we have is for two decades the employer didn’t do their part,”  Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund director Chuck Burbridge told WGN Investigates.  “They skipped payments.” They were called “pension holidays” and they were orchestrated under the watch of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and passed by the […]

  • WGN Investigates puts Chicago’s 911 system to the test

    CHICAGO — When you dial 911 in an emergency, do dispatchers know where you are? If you call from a cell phone, the answer is often “no.” “We have to explain to [callers] that we need to verify their address because with cell phones, we don’t get an exact address,” said Chicago 911 dispatch trainer Sherrie Y. Wright. Most callers assume 911 operators receive address information automatically when they call. That’s the case with landline phones but not cellular calls. […]

  • Justice Dept. names special counsel in Russia investigation

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the position in a letter obtained by CNN. Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russia investigation due to his role as a prominent campaign adviser and […]

  • Thieves targeting tourists at Chicago’s best known hotels

    CHICAGO — While thefts from inside hotel rooms are rare, WGN Investigates found more than 230 police reports filed over the last two years at eight of Chicago’s best known hotels. They detail reports of robberies, burglaries, theft and identity theft. Thieves are targeting tourists visiting Chicago’s best known hotels. “This looked like an inside job because there was no sign of forced entry and nothing else was rummaged through the room,” Amy Moody said. She and her husband spent a […]

  • Trump says firing Comey was ‘right thing for the American people’

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he feared his firing of FBI Director James Comey could confuse Americans, but went ahead with the plan anyway. “When I did this now I said, I probably, maybe will confuse people,” Trump told NBC News. But he said he did it anyway “to do the right thing for the American people.” Trump said he wanted the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling to be “absolutely done properly.” He said Comey’s firing might “lengthen […]

  • Lourdes takes Ben to try ‘Chapulines’ – aka grasshoppers

    It’s Cinco de Mayo and many of us use the day as an excuse to have a margarita.  But it’s also a day to learn a little more about the Mexican culture. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte took co-anchor Ben Bradley to lunch at Mezcalina in Streeterville and introduced him to a popular Mexican delicacy – Chapulines.  Also known as or grasshoppers.

  • Cook County inmates facing arson charges

    CHICAGO — Eight Cook County jail inmates now face charges of arson. Newly released video shows the uprising which took place in April. The inmates are accused of setting fire to their jail issued jumpsuits. The jumpsuits are stitched higher to discourage inmates from taking them off and throwing their bodily fluid at staff. In addition to the arson charges, one inmate is also accused of attacking a corrections officer during the fire.

  • Police reports offer new details in United passenger dragging

    WGN Investigates has obtained reports filed by Chicago Department of Aviation security officers involved in an April incident in which a United Airlines passengers was violently dragged off a plane parked at O’Hare International Airport.  Aviation officers describe the passenger as the aggressor and claim they used “minimal but necessary force to remove the subject.”  The reports also state that passenger David Dao said “just kill me” to the officers. United was trying to force Dao off the flight to […]

  • Aviation officers say United passenger removed using ‘minimal but necessary force’

    CHICAGO — Documents released Monday shed new light on the removal of a passenger from a United flight earlier this month that caused an international uproar after video of the incident went viral. Documents released by the Chicago Department of Aviation include eyewitness statements and reports made by security officers and supervisors. The documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by WGN Investigates. Among them, a recording of a phone call made to police by United Airlines employees captures the decision United’s CEO now […]