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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
  • Inspector general report reveals inappropriate behavior by city employees

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General came out with its quarterly report Tuesday documenting city employees behaving badly. Investigators found an employee with the Department of Fleet and Facilities Management took sexually inappropriate photos of himself while on duty at a city facility and sent the pictures to a teenager he met on Facebook. Investigators also found that a clerk at the Department of Planning and Development looked at hundreds of pornographic images on city computers […]

  • Chance the Rapper not running for Chicago mayor; endorses Amara Enyia

    CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper announced at City Hall on Tuesday that he is not running for mayor of Chicago, and instead endorsed Amara Enyia. The 25-year-old Grammy winner endorsed Enyia, the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, touted his shared goals for the city with Enyia in empowering the impoverished. A voter registration push is planned, and Chance predicts the highest 18 to 25-year-old turnout in Chicago history. Chance’s endorsement is at odds […]

  • Police suicides prompt new mental health outreach

    CHICAGO — After three police officers committed suicide in less than three months over the summer, the Chicago Police Department is renewing  and expanding its outreach to officers. From a priest on patrol to peer support groups, police brass have tried to reach each and every officer to say it’s okay to seek help. Chicago police also plan to hire more clinicians, as officers like Rob Casale work to fill the void in their free time. Casale said trauma takes a […]

  • Toll Authority pays millions to get out of oasis deals

    WGN Investigates If you had completely gutted and renovated your house would you tear it down 14 years later?  That’s precisely what the Illinois Toll Authority is doing to several over-the-road oases. A private firm paid to renovate those oases in exchange for a 25 year cut of the profits. Now, the toll authority has determined the oases are in the path of progress for road expansion. It’s paying a private company at least $18 million to break contracts for […]

  • Cicero officer who was shot several times released from hospital

    CICERO, Ill. — A Cicero police who was shot multiple times during a traffic stop was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, five days after the shooting. Officer Luis Duarte was shot on Sept. 14.  Prosecutors said two Cicero officers attempted to a stop a Mercedes that was being driven erratically. The officers attempted to block the Mercedes at a stoplight near Cicero Avenue and the Stevenson Expressway. Prosecutors said a convicted felon, Daniel Mageo, 27, got out of the car […]

  • Lincoln Towing can operate during appeal, judge rules

    CHICAGO — Lincoln Towing can resume pulling cars off the road. A judge ruled Monday the notorious Chicago towing company can continue to operate as it appeals a decision from state regulators to revoke their license. Last week, Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously to pull Lincoln towing’s license after an investigation found hundreds of violations in an eight month span. While Lincoln Towing is back in operation, the company will have to file their daily tow logs with the attorney […]

  • Lincoln Towing claims ‘chaos,’ possible violence after getting the hook

    CHICAGO — The operators of an infamous Chicago towing company that lost its license this week claim “chaos” has ensued as a result of its tow trucks being sidelined. Attorneys for Lincoln Towing filed a 70-page request for a temporary restraining order that would allow it to resume operations while it appeals the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision to revoke Lincoln’s license. The complaint claims drivers are now parking in private lots without fear of being towed “sparking chaos through the […]

  • Lincoln Towing’s license revoked by Illinois Commerce Commission

    CHICAGO — The Illinois Commerce Commission has revoked the license of Lincoln Towing. The ruling came after an unanimous vote Wednesday. ICC staffers presented evidence Lincoln Towing engaged in more 800 unauthorized tows.  But an administrative law judge found the investigation flawed. Wednesday the full commerce commission revoked Lincoln’s license anyway writing, “Lincoln Towing Service has not conducted its business with honesty and integrity.” Read the full statement from the chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission here. THEY’RE STILL HOOKING […]

  • Water Woes: High bills, bad estimates plague suburb

    WGN Investigates Some residents in one western suburb are finding themselves “underwater,” unable to pay residential water bills that can top $500 a month. “That’s not manageable,” Linda Reedy, a Maywood water commissioner, said. Others complain of wildly incorrect estimates, sky-high reconnection fees and village employees who seem indifferent to their complaints. “I was going down there every month and finally my wife, she said, ‘Kenny, just pay the bill or leave,'” Kenny Cook, a Maywood resident, said. “You can’t […]

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election

    CHICAGO — In a surprise move Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he will not seek re-election in 2019. Emanuel said in a statement released by his office that being mayor “has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.” The Chicago Tribune says he had already raised more than $10 million for another run for a four-year term. Emanuel, 58, was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama before […]