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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
  • Korean War, World War II vets experience memorable Honor Flight

    Honor Flight Chicago has transported nearly 8,000 veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice. Korean War, World War II vets experience memorable Honor FlightIt’s a mission that began a decade ago with a desire to show gratitude to World War II veterans. As members of the “greatest generation” age and pass away the focus has shifted to those who served in the Korean War. While there’s no shortage of local veterans interested in […]

  • Infamous Chicago mobster make new plea of innocence in letter

    CHICAGO — An infamous Chicago mobster has made a new plea of innocence. Joey “The Clown” Lombardo has been behind bars for more than a decade serving a life sentence after being found responsible for 10 mob murders. Thursday a letter he wrote to a federal judge was made public. Lombardo rose through the ranks of the outfit in the 1970s and ‘80s.  He was a senior citizen by the time he was convicted in the “Family Secrets” case and […]

  • 3D guns will soon be a reality; Lawmakers voice concerns

    Not long ago it was the stuff of science fiction, but now US officials and lawmakers are grappling with a new reality — the ability for citizens to print firearms at home. As of Wednesday, it will be legal to download instructions on how to make a plastic handgun with a 3D printer. The instructions for the Liberator are being published on a website run by nonprofit Defense Distributed. So what’s the controversy all about? What are 3D-printed guns? The […]

  • Inside the Joliet prison: Is there a tourism opportunity under the decay?

    JOLIET, Ill. — Ever since it closed in 2002, the old Joliet prison has endured years of decay and speculation over whether it will ever be redeveloped. Some see it as an eyesore, while others view it as an opportunity to bring tourism and understanding to the southwest suburb. After the prison has sat silent for years, there’s now real progress in efforts to open it to public tours. Things got serious in December, when the city signed a five-year lease […]

  • Getting to know the history of Homewood: Bat Company and Aurelio’s Pizza

    HOMEWOOD, Ill.  — WGN’s Ben Bradley gives us a tour of his home town, the Village of Homewood. Incorporated as the Village of Homewood in the 1893, it is known as one of Chicago’s finer suburbs with more than 19,000 residents. Homewood is home to the Homewood Bat Company and the famous Aurelio’s Pizza. For more information, check out: www.village.homewood.il.us

  • Judge appears to drop gun in Cook County courthouse

    CHICAGO — WGN Investigates obtained a video Tuesday that appeared to show a Cook County judge dropping a gun inside a courthouse lobby. Judge Joseph Claps is seen in the video wearing a white shirt and sunglasses holding his jacket in his arm. He was walking through the lobby of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue when a gun appears to drop to the ground. The judge nonchalantly picked it up, put it in his front […]

  • How a con man almost got away with stealing, faking priceless sports memorabilia

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO — His lens captured some of baseball’s biggest moments. As the team photographer for both the Cubs and White Sox over a decades-long career, Chicagoan George Brace documented the planting of the ivy at Wrigley Field and baseball greats like Ernie Banks, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig when they came through town. Now his pictures are gone. “It’s heartbreaking,” Brace’s granddaughter Deborah Miller said. “That was our family legacy.” After Brace’s death, his daughter and granddaughter trusted […]

  • Judge: Lincoln Towing ‘fit’ to keep license

    CHICAGO — WGN Investigates has learned an infamous Chicago towing company may get to keep its license. The Illinois Commerce Commission launched an investigation into Lincoln Towing last year. Monday, WGN Investigates obtained a copy of an administrative law judge’s order in the case. It said commerce commission staff dramatically overstated Lincoln Towing violations. The judge concluded Lincoln Towing is fit, willing and able to continue towing cars. Complaints have dogged Lincoln Towing for decades. The company has been accused […]

  • Toys R Us writes heartwarming goodbye as it prepares to close its last stores Friday

    NEW YORK — Toys R Us is closing its last U.S. stores Friday, the end of a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores, brightly colored logo and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot. On Friday, the popular toy store wrote a heartfelt farewell to their customers on its website, saying: “Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who’s built […]

  • Chicago mob family’s secrets revealed

    WGN Investigates Frank “The Breeze” Calabrese was a feared mob enforcer tied to 13 murders during the Operation Family Secrets investigation.  After his death, Calabrese’s final possessions fit into eight boxes. They contain more “family secrets” that his son is now willing to share. WGN’s Ben Bradley has an exclusive look at what’s inside those boxes.