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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
  • FBI Chicago’s terror team now investigating school threats

    WGN Investigates The most conservative estimates found there were at least 3,380 threats of violence made against American schools last year including 120 in Illinois. That’s a 62 percent increase over the previous school year, according to data compiled by the Educator’s School Safety Network. The FBI’s Chicago field office is responding to the troubling trend by rethinking the way it helps local police investigate school threats. Agents from the counter-terrorism squad are now joining the hunt to track those […]

  • On 60th anniversary, a look back at the tragic Our Lady of the Angels fire

    CHICAGO — This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of a fire that tore through a Catholic school on Chicago’s West Side. 95 people died as a result of the Our Lady of the Angels school fire, almost all of them were children. The fire tore apart families, firefighters and an entire city. The fire is believed to have started in a paper-filled trash bin in a stairwell. The Tribune reported a fifth grade student confessed to starting the blaze in 1961 […]

  • Federal agents raid office of powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke

    CHICAGO — Federal agents raided the office of Chicago’s longest serving and most powerful alderman, Ed Burke, the FBI confirmed Thursday. “Our agents are executing warrants at multiple locations today,” an FBI source told WGN News. No additional information on the nature of the investigation was provided. Burke released a statement and said he is “cooperating fully.” “I am completely confident that at the end of the day nothing will be found amiss in this instance…” he said. Burke statement pic.twitter.com/Xvwxw6H93V […]

  • Suburban cop pleads not guilty to recording women

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — A south suburban police chief entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to charges he recorded himself having sex with women and then shared the images without their permission. He also says he did not try to intimidate a witness in the case. Christian Daigre ran the Chicago Heights park district police department until prosecutors charged him with illegally recording two women.  He was suspended from the force. Wednesday, prosecutors dropped a case that was filed Tuesday […]

  • Suburban officer charged with recording third woman

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — There are new charges against a south suburban police chief accused of recording himself having sex with two different women and then sharing those images without their permission. WGN Investigates has learned Cook County prosecutors have now charged Christian Daigre with recording a third woman and distributing the images without her consent Earlier this month, WGN Investigates was the first to report the accusations and charges against Daigree. He ran the little-known Chicago Heights Park Distirct […]

  • Woman sought protection order against Chicago hospital shooter 4 years ago

    CHICAGO — Juan Lopez had threatened women before Monday’s shooting at Mercy Hospital but he never faced criminal charges, according to a review of court records by WGN Investigates. Lopez’ ex-wife citied “constant infidelity and abuse” when she sought a dissolution of marriage roughly four years ago. “I fear that my safety is in jeopardy” the ex-wife said in a hand-written request for an emergency order of protection. WGN Investigates was not able to reach the ex-wife for comment. Police […]

  • Holstered gun stops bullet from injuring police officer in Chicago hospital shooting

    CHICAGO — Another Chicago police officer could have been seriously injured in Monday’s shooting at Mercy Hospital, if it wasn’t for his gun holster. These are pictures of the bullet lodged inside the holster. The bullet stopped in the officer’s gun. A few inches either way, and that officer would have been severely wounded. A second Chicago cop was shot but not injured during today’s Mercy Hospital shooting. Looks closely, you’ll see where bullet hit the officer’s holster and gun. @WGNNews […]

  • Tinley Park family says embattled mortgage firm didn’t credit payments

    TINLEY PARK, Ill. — A nationally known mortgage company is accused of “years of widespread errors” and botching basic functions like crediting customers’ payments and sending out accurate monthly statements. Now, a Tinley Park family says they are losing their home because of similar errors and a maddening, years-long effort to correct mistakes. “I can’t fight this any longer,” Sandy Zbonski said. “It’s been going on for six years.” Her home is scheduled to be sold in foreclosure in December. The […]

  • Family questions police cameras’ usefulness following teen’s murder

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has 2,740 public safety cameras. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications has access to video from a total of 32,000 cameras. When one murder happened near two cameras this summer, a South Side family assumed video footage would help catch the killer. “From what we’ve been told neither one of the cameras captured anything,” Lanese Turner said. Turner’s nephew, Toby Robinson, was gunned down in July at the age of 14. “It’s so […]

  • How much did Rauner and Pritzker spend on each vote in Illinois governors race?

    CHICAGO —Both candidates for Illinois governor spent millions of dollars of their own money, making the the most expensive gubernatorial race in America. Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker spent the most, nearly $171 million. While he shared some of that money with other Democrats, it amounts to roughly $ 72 for every vote he received. Gov. Bruce Rauner spent half as much as Pritzker on the race. Rauner’s cost per vote was $46. In the northwest suburbs, one vote is all that […]