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
  • As CPD copes with 4th officer suicide this year, police brass remind cops ‘you’re not alone’

      CHICAGO — Suicide has struck the Chicago police department once again. A 40-year-old officer who worked in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the city’s North Side took his own life, according to the department. Police say the 17-year veteran was well-liked and a friend to many on the department. Superintendent Eddie Johnson and grief counselors met with the officer’s co-workers in the 24th District Tuesday. It is the fourth suicide of a Chicago officer this year. Suicide among Chicago […]

  • Fact checking Preckwinkle’s claim ‘less than one percent’ of gun offenders on bond re-arrested

    CHICAGO — After a weekend that saw at least eight people killed and 23 injured on city streets, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is defending a bail reform program that police say allows too many people arrested with guns to get out of jail in a matter of hours or days. Every Monday – like clockwork – police promote their efforts to get illegal guns off the streets. This Monday, it was the arrest of five people after a […]

  • Lawmakers introduce bill to phase out ethylene oxide emissions

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new effort is underway in Springfield to ban companies like Sterigenics from being able to emit any amount of one cancer causing chemical into the air. The Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment. But it’s raised concerns from residents nearby about cancer risks. The state shut down Sterigenics in February, but a deal in July would allow it to reopen if it reduces emissions. It is not the only plant using […]

  • Aging Airliners: American retires fleet to the desert

    Have you ever wondered what happens to aging airliners? Last week, American Airlines retired its entire fleet of MD-80 airplanes on a single day. American began flying MD-80s in 1983. The jet in this story had logged more than 61,000  hours in the air on 31,092 flights and is estimated to have carried more than 3.5 million passengers. After the planes dropped off their final passengers in Chicago and elsewhere, two dozen planes flew off into the sunset and retirement […]

  • Woman pulled from lake by good Samaritans at North Avenue Beach

    CHICAGO —A woman is hospitalized after being pulled from Lake Michigan by good Samaritans at North Avenue Beach. Emergency crews were called to the beach around 10 a.m. Thursday after a report of an unresponsive person. When the police marine unit arrived to the scene, they found the woman had been pulled from the water by a passerby, according to police. Fire department crews took over and performed CPR on the woman. She was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in […]

  • American Airlines retires MD-80 planes

    CHICAGO — American Airlines is retiring its remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft, as the airline modernizes its fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient planes. So long silver bird. Next stop Chicago. And then a “retirement home” for aging aircraft in the New Mexico desert. #Super80SendOff pic.twitter.com/VNx8dxO46n — Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) September 4, 2019 The final revenue flight of the aircraft, also known as the Super 80, was from Dallas to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Wednesday. The final flight of an aging […]

  • No one found alive after California dive boat catches fire; 34 dead

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Officials said Tuesday that 34 people died after a boat packed with scuba divers caught fire near an island off the Southern California coast and they have called off search efforts for survivors. The Coast Guard and law enforcement said no one has been found alive after flames tore through the dive boat early Monday as passengers on a recreational scuba diving trip slept below deck. The Conception carried 33 passengers and 6 crew members, and […]

  • Chicago-area train deaths surge this year

    CHICAGO — Officials are at a loss to explain a sudden surge in the number of people killed by trains in the Chicago-area. Six people have died in the last two weeks alone. A Metra spokesperson said there have been 21 fatalities involving the commuter rail agency’s trains so far this year, compared with 18 in all of last year. Metra suspects suicide in 12 of this year’s deaths, including recent incidents in Evanston, Des Plaines and Elgin. An ultimate determination […]

  • Kane County sheriff pushing for detainee’s release

    ST. CHARLES, Ill. — It’s rare for a sheriff to push for the release of a detainee, but that’s what’s happening in Kane County. Sheriff Ron Hain is championing the case of a repeat-offender and former drug addict who has taken steps to turn his life around while behind bars. John Fowler, 44, has been in Kane County Jail since December 2017. He is awaiting trial on charges he sold a total of three grams to an undercover informant. A […]

  • Pilot praised for crash-landing crippled plane in 1989 dies at 87

    The man who crash-landed a crippled airliner bound for Chicago in 1989 — likely saving the lives of over 100 people on board — has died. On July 19, 1989, Captain Al Haynes was at the controls when a United DC-10 travelling from Denver to Chicago suffered a catastrophic failure of its flight control systems, and was forced to make an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa. Who could forget the images of what came next: a United jetliner dipping […]

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