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
  • Gov. Pritzker calls rape email controversy a ‘gathering storm’

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. JB Pritzker has made his strongest comments to date about a growing email scandal with ties to House Speaker Mike Madigan. The governor has called it a “gathering storm” that threatens others. “Anyone who thinks it’s okay to talk about these things like they’re in a crime syndicate doesn’t belong in Springfield anymore,”Pritzker said. “We need change.” The strong words strike close to House Speaker Mike Madigan. It’s Madigan’s longtime friend and fixer turned lobbyist, Michael […]

  • Deadly Puerto Rico earthquake leaves close to 300K homes, businesses without water

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Puerto Rico on Tuesday morning, killing at least one man, damaging homes and cutting power and water service to swaths of the island a day after a 5.8 magnitude quake shook the US territory, officials said. Tuesday’s quake — the strongest and likely the most damaging of a series of quakes that have hit the island since December 28 — moved Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced to declare a state of […]

  • IG alleges 4 MWRD commissioners used state email accounts for campaign work

    CHICAGO — Cook County’s Inspector General is cracking down on one agency’s use of government email for political purposes. WGN Investigates obtained a copy of a secret IG report that alleges some Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioners were emailing employees about political work and fundraising. The report from IG Patrick Blanchard said four commissioners used political email accounts, “to solicit MWRD employees … for political purposes.” The employees, he found, were sent invitations to political fundraisers, and emails offering ways […]

  • United Methodist Church proposes historic split over gay marriage and LGBT clergy

    United Methodist Church bishops and leaders are proposing a split into more than one denomination in a bid to resolve years of debate over LGBT clergy and same-sex weddings, according to the church’s official news agency. The proposal, from a 16-member group of bishops and church leaders, says a separation was “the best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the Church to remain true to its theological understanding, while recognizing the dignity, equality, integrity, and respect of every person.” […]

  • 123 children died within a year of DCFS involvement, study finds

    CHICAGO — The inspector general of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is out with some startling statistics: 123 children died within a year of becoming involved with the child welfare system over the last fiscal year. “This is wholly unacceptable and represents a nearly 25% increase from the prior year,” Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert wrote in a statement to reporters. A deeper dive into the inspector general’s report examining the period between July 1, 2018 […]

  • DNA, determination help find man abducted as a baby in Chicago 55 years ago

    CHICAGO — An update now to a WGN Investigates Exclusive — the case of a baby abducted 55 years ago from a Chicago hospital has been partially solved thanks to consumer DNA testing. On Wednesday, WGN Investigates showed how we tracked down that kidnapping victim. Now, we have the story of the DNA specialist who helped confirm the link. CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist, helped solve the mystery. It began in 1964 when a woman dressed as a nurse took […]

  • Check cashing scam on the rise

    WGN Investigates a financial scam that’s been around for years and continues to grow. Experts say people are especially vulnerable this time of year, tempted by the offer to act as a “secret shopper” in exchange for extra cash. “Who doesn’t want to go shopping and make a little money,” Lisa Bates, of Chicago, tells WGN Investigates. Bates recently received an unsolicited “priority mail” envelope with a check inside for $2,450. The sender claimed to be offering a cash advance […]

  • Newborn baby abducted from Chicago hospital 55 years ago found living in Michigan

    CHICAGO — Fifty-five years after a newborn baby was kidnapped from Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital, WGN Investigates has learned investigators have found him living in rural Michigan. The April 26, 1964 abduction captivated the nation. One day after Chester and Dora Fronczak became the proud parents of the baby boy, a woman wearing white and appearing to be a nurse entered Dora Fronczak’s hospital room and said she would take the baby to see the doctor. She never returned. The […]

  • Illinois prison officials fight to keep Drew Peterson’s location secret

    CHICAGO — Where in the USA is cop-turned-convicted killer Drew Peterson? He was transferred out of the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Dec. 6 on orders from the Illinois Department of Corrections. An IDOC spokesperson only said Peterson is “in a state facility not located in Illinois.” Peterson’s attorney Steve Greenberg tells WGN he has not heard from his client and has no idea where he’s being imprisoned. Now, IDOC has denied an open records request from WGN […]

  • 13-year-old boy suspected in murder of nurse in Chicago’s Little Village

    CHICAGO — Police suspect a 13-year-old boy may have pulled the trigger in a shooting that killed a nurse in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Detectives presented their case against the boy to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and have been asked to seek additional evidence before charges are filed, according to a police spokesperson. Prosecutors said Frank Aguilar, 32, was an innocent victim who spent his life helping the disabled as a nurse at Misericordia. Aguilar was visiting family […]

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