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
  • Search warrants reveal suburban mayor target of raids

    MCCOOK, Ill. — Search warrants obtained by WGN Investigates revealed Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski was a target of an FBI raid in the suburbs last week. The warrants specifically identify Tobolski, who is also the village president of McCook. Agents confiscated computer equipment and were looking for evidence of official actions taken for personal benefits. The search warrants specifically mention Chicago Cubs spring training trips, a law firm, a business and a  police officer. McCook officials redacted portions of […]

  • Deceased abortion doctor’s fetal remains collection filled 71 boxes: sheriff’s report

    WGN Investigates has obtained the reports from Will County sheriff’s officers who responded to the home of a now-deceased abortion doctor in the south suburbs. Days after Dr Ulrich Klopfer’s death in September his family was cleaning out his home in unincorporated Crete. A heavily redacted police report released to WGN said investigators found 2,246 fetal remains believed to be from Klopfer’s decades of work as a doctor who performed abortions.  He worked out of clinics in Gary, South Bend […]

  • Could this fatal Chicago police shooting have been avoided?

    CHICAGO — WGN investigates a case of mistaken identity that led to the killing of a 21-year-old man. Chicago police now acknowledge they had the wrong guy. Curtis Stagger was not the suspect they were pursuing in a murder. But his encounter with police proved fatal, leading to questions about everyone’s actions that day. Police were searching for a suspect, wanted in the death of Jaylin Ellzey. The 15-year-old Fenger Academy High School student was killed this year in a […]

  • Suburban mail carrier investigated after seen on camera kissing elderly woman in her home

    WILMETTE, Ill. — Postal inspectors are investigating a north suburban mailman who was caught on camera kissing an elderly resident. Relatives of an 89-year-old woman told Wilmette police about the postal worker who repeatedly went inside the woman’s home. According to a police report, video from a Ring camera inside the kitchen captured the mailman telling the woman he loved her and then hugging and kissing the woman on the lips. Relatives told police the woman is not able to […]

  • Federal agents raid McCook, Lyons village halls

    MCCOOK, Ill. —FBI agents carried out raids at village halls in at least two southwest suburbs Thursday and visited a third. Agents raided the village halls of McCook and neighboring Lyons, two democratic strongholds with rich histories of cronyism and patronage.  They also carried out “investigative activity” in nearby Summit. Sources told WGN agents spent several hours inside the McCook village hall.  They left with “certain records,” according to the McCook village attorney. He declined to elaborate. Democratic State Senator […]

  • Oak Park River Forest teacher investigated after reports of inappropriate conduct

    OAK PARK, Ill. — An Oak Park River Forest high school teacher has been placed on leave while the district investigates reports of inappropriate conduct. School officials refused to provide specifics but WGN News obtained an internal email sent to staff.  It confirms that a teacher is on a leave of absence and says the district is taking all appropriate steps to investigate allegations and ensure the safety of students. The memo also instructs teachers and staff not to discuss […]

  • 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 […]

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