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
  • Gloves off: A tale of two Rods

    CHICAGO — From the somewhat contrite convicted governor to the fighter who reemerged from prison, WGN Investigates has the tale of two Rods. “This is a time to be strong. This is a time to fight through adversity,” Blagojevich said after his 2011 sentencing hearing. It was a shell-shocked Rod Blagojevich who emerged from his sentencing hearing nine years ago. His acceptance of responsibility, apology and plea for mercy has for the most part fallen on deaf ears. “I have […]

  • City Council honors Boston man who disarmed would-be robber before Chicago Marathon

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council honored a man from Boston Wednesday who disarmed a would-be robber the morning of the Chicago Marathon. In video seen in October, Jean Paul LaPierre is seen confronting a man who was attempting to rob CTA passengers on a Blue Line train. The suspect is heard saying, “It’s just a gun, let me go.” LaPierre, who is a former Golden Gloves boxer, said “I’m not letting you go, I’ll break your head in one […]

  • Former Gov. Ryan reacts to Blagojevich’s release

    CHICAGO — One of the reasons Judge James Zagel handed down a harsh 14-year prison sentence to Rod Blagojevich was because his predecessor in the Illinois governor’s mansion also went to prison. Blagojevich campaigned on a promise to clean-up corruption in Illinois following the licenses-for-bribes scandal. “He cut me up pretty good,” former Gov. George Ryan recalled in a phone interview Wednesday with WGN.  “That’s okay, it’s over.  It’s past and it’s a new chapter in both of our lives […]

  • Former FBI boss: Blagojevich ‘very corrupt’

    CHICAGO — The former head of the FBI in Chicago, a man who oversaw corruption cases against two, Illinois governors, spoke to WGN News about Blagojevich’s commutation. Rob Grant called it a miscarriage of justice and sees a direct link between it and the president’s own legal problems. “I have sympathy for the family saying he’s been in prison a long time, but he’s been in prison a long time for a very specific reason: Because he was very corrupt,” […]

  • Highlights of FBI wiretaps that brought Rod Blagojevich down by his own words

    CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich was brought down largely on the strength of his own words. Secret government recordings of the then-governor were often the main attraction during his 2011 criminal trial. One of the most famous quotes from released wiretaps caught Blagojevich discussing the vacant Senate seat. “I’ve got this thing and it’s (expletive) golden. And I’m just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing,” Blagojevich said. While we await the imminent release from prison of former Illinois Governor of […]

  • DCFS fires contractor after another child transported in shackles

    CHICAGO — It’s happened again. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services admits one of its contractors improperly restrained a child during transport. “On February 10, a youth in our care was transported to an out-of-state facility. During the trip, the youth was unacceptably restrained with hard ankle restraints by a transportation contractor. The use of hard restraints on any child is completely unacceptable and violates the Department’s ban on ever using hard restraints. No one in our care […]

  • From suburban cop to terrorist tracker for the CIA

    CHICAGO — Any one of Darren LaBonte’s jobs would have made for a remarkable career for most. He was an Army Ranger, a Libertyville police officer, a deputy U.S. Marshal and then became an FBI agent. It wasn’t enough. “He felt one person can make a difference,” Dave LaBonte, Darren’s father, said. Soon after the September 11 terrorist attacks, family and friends said LaBonte wanted to get back in the fight and bring those responsible to justice. That’s why he left the […]

  • Mayhem in Markham: Mayor’s promised makeover isn’t pleasing everyone

    MARKHAM, Ill. — It’s a small town with a big history of trouble. For years, south suburban Markham has been plagued by crime and political corruption. The new mayor campaigned on a promise to clean up the town of nearly 13,000 residents. Since Roger Agpawa took office, he’s closed some strip clubs and businesses which he alleges were magnets for trouble. According to police records, there were more than 35 shootings and six murders in 2017 and 2018, the year […]

  • One Year Later: A look back at the Jussie Smollett saga

    CHICAGO — It was one year ago Wednesday actor Jussie Smollett told police he was a victim of a hate crime in downtown Chicago. On Wednesday the Chicago Tribune reported Smollett’s attorneys are looking for information on former police superintendent Eddie Johnson as they fight back against a city lawsuit that seeks $130,000 for the cost of the investigation into his hate crime allegation. The lawyers have subpoenaed paperwork about Johnson’s firing on an unreleated issue and are apparently looking […]

  • Kobe Bryant’s helicopter was previously owned by the State of Illinois

    The Sikorsky-76 helicopter that crashed Sunday, killing basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others was previously owned by the State of Illinois, according to online aircraft database Helis. The helicopter was manufactured in 1991. Records show it was owned by the State of Illinois from 2000 until 2015 when then-Governor Bruce Rauner put the state’s fleet of aircraft up for sale in a cost-saving measure. While it was owned by the state, the luxury helicopter was used for […]

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