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
  • Mysterious ‘special prosecutor order’ email in Smollett case, records show

    CHICAGO — New questions have emerged in how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handled potential conflicts of interest in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax investigation.  As WGN Investigates previously reported, a top deputy in the office found fault with state’s attorney Kim Foxx’s alleged recusal from the case due to contact with Smollett emissaries early in the investigation. “While the State’s Attorney has complete discretion to recuse herself from any matter, she cannot simply direct someone (even the […]

  • A look at the Chicago connections in the Mueller report

    CHICAGO — A Chicagoan received special mention in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The 400-plus page report also revealed details about a Russian hack of Illinois’ election database. George Papadopoulos worked for the Trump campaign for just six months, but his role in the Russia probe covers 15 pages of the Mueller report. Papadopoulos tried and failed to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign.  The Trump team, worried about looking too cozy […]

  • 2 top aides leaving Kim Foxx’s office

    CHICAGO — WGN Investigates has learned embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is losing two top deputies. A spokesperson confirms chief ethics officer April Perry and the head of the conviction integrity unit Mark Rotert  are both leaving the office. Perry also served as Foxx’s chief deputy. The departures come at a difficult time for Foxx who has come under fire for her office’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case.  The Empire actor claimed he had been a victim […]

  • Prosecutors’ texts show Foxx involved in Smollett case after recusal

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO — The Cook County State’s Attorney Office released documents Tuesday related to the agency’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case. Kim Foxx’s office in March dropped all charges against the actor, who was accused of lying about being the victim of a hate crime. The nearly 4,000 pages of documents were released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from news organizations. There was no smoking gun, but the documents revealed Foxx was kept in the […]

  • Top Foxx official said recusal wasn’t right

    WGN Investigates has more on Tuesday night’s massive document dump from the Cook County State’s Attorney office relating to the handling of the Jussie Smollett case. Text messages released show Kim Foxx continued to chime in on the Smollett case long after she claimed to have recused herself. Additionally, a top official in her own office suggested the recusal was not right. Smollett may have escaped from his hate crime claims legally unscathed but the county’s top prosecutor continues to […]

  • Illinois inmates who expose themselves to guards may face harsher punishments

    CHICAGO — The Illinois State Senate has passed a bill to crack down on inmates who expose themselves to correctional officers and others. WGN Investigates reported on the problem back in 2017 when Cook County Jail inmates set fire to new uniforms meant to prevent them from exposing themselves and throwing bodily fluid at staff and visitors. Back then, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart identified 107 detainees who were engaging in the conduct. Some were charged with public indecency but […]

  • Drew Peterson speaks after 10 years behind bars

    A decade after Drew Peterson went to prison, he’s talking about his time behind bars and the cases against him. Peterson said he sees similarities between the case against him and the current prosecution of R. Kelly, saying both were fueled by the media and years of innuendo. The men share more as well: they use the same attorney, and maintain their innocence. He said 10 years behind bars haven’t changed his interests of sense of humor, and he’ll be […]

  • In emotional video, CPD brass share stories of struggle in hopes of helping other cops

    CHICAGO — A spike in suicides among Chicago police officers has members of the department sharing stories of their own struggles. Four Chicago officers committed suicide last year and there have already been three this year. CPD’s rate of suicide is more than double the national rate for members of law enforcement. In the video, four current and former Chicago cops sharing piercingly personal stories. Their stories are part of a new department video that was shown to officers for […]

  • ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ motel in Braidwood site of prostitution bust, drug overdoses

    BRAIDWOOD, Ill. — The Braidwood, Ill., motel made famous in the movie “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” has become home to prostitution and drug use, according to local police. They carried out a year long undercover sting operation that resulted in the arrest of the motel’s current owner Vinodchandra “Vinny” Patel of Des Plaines for promoting prostitution. Motel manager Kanubhai “Kenny” Patel is charged with aggravated battery for allegedly fondling a legitimate guest of the motel. The Braidwood Inn served as […]

  • Official: Chicago is seeking $130K from Smollett

    CHICAGO –A city official says Chicago is seeking $130,000 from “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to cover the costs of the investigation into his reported beating, which police say was staged. Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city government’s legal department, confirmed the amount Thursday, hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would try to recoup the money it spent on the investigation. Emanuel and the police department blasted the decision to drop the charges, saying they stand by their […]

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