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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
  • Former City Colleges vice chancellor charged in kickback scheme

    CHICAGO — A former top official from the City Colleges of Chicago and seven others have been charged with running a $350,000 kickback scheme that steered college funds to companies that benefited them financially. A federal indictment says Sharod Gordon held a variety of top positions with the City Colleges of Chicago in recent years, including vice chancellor for legislative and student affairs. Prosecutors said Gordon and others used existing companies, and formed new ones, to disguise the fact payments […]

  • Mercy Hospital shooting: 3 killed one year ago today

    CHICAGO — It’s been one year anniversary of the deadly shooting at Mercy Hospital. The former fiancé of Dr. Tamara O’Neal shot her to death in the parking lot outside the hospital. Then he went inside, where he fatally shot a pharmacy resident Dayna Less and Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez. Police said he fired more than 40 rounds in a shootout with SWAT team officers.  He then took his own life. Since the shooting, hospitals are now required to […]

  • The Wrong Stuff: Demetrius and Ben and Space Camp’s big final test

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory is a NASA nerd. Ben Bradley loves all things aviation. So what happens when they head to Space Camp together? Yes, it turns out space camp isn’t just for kids anymore; or at least they’ll admit a couple of TV journalists looking for a taste of what it’s like to be an astronaut. But before they were allowed to fly simulators or suit up for a spacewalk, they had to train, testing their fears […]

  • State senator’s cannabis company facing scrutiny

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois state senator’s side gig has landed her in an uncomfortable spotlight. State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, of Chicago’s South Side, is now the subject of a securities investigation by the Secretary of State. WCIA was the first station to report on the state senator’s side gig. Despite the investigation, online and in person, Van Pelt isn’t shy about promoting her crash course in get-rich-quick schemes underpinned by pot. She is essentially selling investment advice for […]

  • ‘Code of Silence’ on Chicago streets leaves police without witnesses, and cases unsolved

    CHICAGO — There have been 16 murders this year in Chicago’s 9th police district on the South Side, and an arrest in only one of the cases. People are getting away with murder, and the street’s “Code of Silence” is contributing. “If police don’t get him, the streets are going to get him,” a young man said as he visited a makeshift memorial to his brother, who was gunned down near 50th and Winchster. “I witnessed my brother’s murder. The […]

  • DCFS launches internal investigation after teens forced into shackles during drive

    CHICAGO — The Department of Children and Family Services has launched an internal investigation into why two teenagers were forced into shackles under its care. From a 30 mile car ride from Chicago to a placement facility in Palatine, a 15-year-old and 17-year-old were reportedly forced to wear shackles, WGN Investigates has learned. They were driven to the shelter separately. The Cook County public guardian said there was no clinical or safety justification for restraining the teens’ hands and feet. […]

  • Johnson reflects on career, personal experience that led him to CPD

    CHICAGO — Chicago police superintendent announced Thursday he will be retiring at the end of the year. Back in March 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Johnson as the city’s top cop, ignoring three candidates recommended by the police board. Johnson hadn’t even applied for the job. At the time, there was turmoil in Chicago. Protesters were in the streets day and night, angry over the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer. On that day, nearly four […]

  • Odds of getting away with murder in Chicago are better than 50 percent

    CHICAGO — If you kill someone in the city of Chicago, you have a better than fifty percent chance of getting away with it. Experts say a key reason is a lack of cooperation, either because people distrust the police or because they’re afraid to speak out. Either way, Chicago police clear fewer homicides than departments in other big cities. Take the March 2019 murder of 25-year-old Terry Green Jr., shot and killed outside a West Side fast-food joint. Cell […]

  • Convicted sex offender coached football at another school; Fenwick head coach dismissed

    OAK PARK, Ill. — When the Fenwick Friars made their playoff run in 2016, a convicted sex offender was helping coach on the sidelines. WGN Investigates has learned Frank Battaglia, who also was a football coach at Lake Park East High School in Roselle, helped coach during the 2016 season at Fenwick High School in Oak Park. It’s now led to the dismissal of Fenwick’s head football coach Geno Nudo. “When this was confirmed by the school and was brought […]

  • Improvements on O’Hare’s ‘people mover’ delayed — again

    CHICAGO — The long-delayed improvements to O’Hare International Airport’s train system are delayed again. The airport’s popular “people mover” won’t be running in time for the busy holiday travel season. The automated train system has been totally off-line since January, and not running most weekdays for nearly a year-and-a-half.  That means 30,000 people a day are using buses to get between terminals, to long term parking and a new rental car facility. This wasn’t the original plan. The city’s $300 […]

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