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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
  • In some cases, lying to police can come with weak penalty

    CHICAGO – From Day 1, the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was no ordinary case. Within 48 hours of Jussie Smollett reporting he had been attacked, not one, but two Democratic presidential candidates called what allegedly happened to him a “modern day lynching.” Everyone from TMZ to the Times of London jumped on the story. The story was full of bizarre turns, as Smollett appeared on “Good Morning America” and described the alleged incident and the racists and […]

  • Air traffic controllers cautioned pilot in fatal California crash: NTSB report

    The National Transportation Safety Board is out with its preliminary report on a plane crash that killed a man who was posing as a retired Chicago police officer. The Cessna 4-14 crashed in Yorba Linda, California February 3rd and killed four people on the ground. Pilot Anthony Pastini was also killed.  For years, he had told people he was a former Chicago officer.  Crews also found a Chicago police star in the wreckage that was later determined to be fake.  […]

  • Some voters, experts cold on Chicago’s February election tradition

    CHICAGO — In Chicago, the dead of winter isn’t most people’s idea of a good time for an outdoor outing. Yet for more than 100 years, it’s the month when Chicagoans head to the polls and vote in municipal elections. WGN Investigates took a deeper look at the long standing tradition of Chicago’s oddly timed elections. “Most people don’t question it too much because it’s how it’s always been,” Austin Berg, member of the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, said. Berg […]

  • Details of Aurora gunman’s past encounters with police show dark side

    New information on the Aurora gunman obtained by WGN Investigates shines new light on his previous run ins with police. It also underscores how WGN Investigates was able to obtain information that Illinois State Police did not get when they approved his application to own a gun. Gary Martin was an employee at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora.  Martin was about to lose his job and opened fire Friday at the warehouse, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers. Martin died in a […]

  • Reviewing the reviews: Business owners say Yelp is ‘hiding’ most useful comments

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO — Before you make a big purchase or a sign a contract for a service chances are you check the company out online.  Some suburban business owners said they’re not happy with a popular online review site who they claim is “hiding” some of the best — and most helpful — comments on Yelp. “I went from 38 five-star reviews all the way down to six,” Pete Melidones, owner of 312 Flooring, said. Melidones said Yelp has buried […]

  • How gunman in Aurora shooting got his gun

    AURORA, Ill. — Illinois State Police said Monday the man responsible for the workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois lied on his gun license application and a records search didn’t catch it. Police said Gary Martin, 45, is responsible for the deaths of five people who were shot and killed Friday at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora. Martin applied for a Firearm Owners Identification Card in January 2014.  State police said Martin answered “no” to an application question about whether he […]

  • 5 employees dead, 5 officers wounded in Aurora shooting; gunman killed by police

    AURORA, Ill. — Five victims were killed and six others wounded — including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex Friday, police said. The alleged gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fatally shot by police after he fired a Smith & Wesson handgun at officers inside Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Martin was an employee at Henry Pratt, Ziman said, […]

  • Aurora shooter’s FOID card was revoked; gun never confiscated

    AURORA, Ill. — The fired employee who fatally shot five people at an Aurora manufacturing facility had a handgun despite a criminal history that includes an aggravated assault conviction and dozens of arrests for domestic violence and traffic violations. Aurora police on Saturday released new information about 45-year-old Gary Martin’s troubled past. It exposes a glaring hole in gun laws meant to keep weapons out of the hands of potentially dangerous individual Martin received an Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) […]

  • Illinois EPA shuts down Sterigenics

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — The Illinois Environment Protection Agency has ordered a controversial health equipment sterilization facility in the southwest suburbs to be immediately sealed. Sterigenics in Willowbrook was ordered to shut down Friday. It comes after months of concern about the release of potentially cancer-causing levels of chemical ethylene oxide. “This impact creates an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health or welfare,” wrote John Kim, acting director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The order says “emissions are continuing […]

  • Parkland shooting: 1 year after Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre

    PARKLAND, Fla. — Hundreds of thousands of students and adults across Florida and beyond bowed their heads in a moment of silence Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead. “It’s a permanent sore spot,” said Fort Lauderdale High School junior Jake Lynch. “Forever, me going forward, I’ll feel this day, and this time and those names. It reminds me of where I want the […]

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