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
  • Newborn baby abducted from Chicago hospital 55 years ago found living in Michigan

    CHICAGO — Fifty-five years after a newborn baby was kidnapped from Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital, WGN Investigates has learned investigators have found him living in rural Michigan. The April 26, 1964 abduction captivated the nation. One day after Chester and Dora Fronczak became the proud parents of the baby boy, a woman wearing white and appearing to be a nurse entered Dora Fronczak’s hospital room and said she would take the baby to see the doctor. She never returned. The […]

  • Illinois prison officials fight to keep Drew Peterson’s location secret

    CHICAGO — Where in the USA is cop-turned-convicted killer Drew Peterson? He was transferred out of the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on Dec. 6 on orders from the Illinois Department of Corrections. An IDOC spokesperson only said Peterson is “in a state facility not located in Illinois.” Peterson’s attorney Steve Greenberg tells WGN he has not heard from his client and has no idea where he’s being imprisoned. Now, IDOC has denied an open records request from WGN […]

  • 13-year-old boy suspected in murder of nurse in Chicago’s Little Village

    CHICAGO — Police suspect a 13-year-old boy may have pulled the trigger in a shooting that killed a nurse in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Detectives presented their case against the boy to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and have been asked to seek additional evidence before charges are filed, according to a police spokesperson. Prosecutors said Frank Aguilar, 32, was an innocent victim who spent his life helping the disabled as a nurse at Misericordia. Aguilar was visiting family […]

  • Chicago Tribune journalists: ‘We need new owners’

    CHICAGO — Journalists at the Chicago Tribune have signed a petition to the company’s board of directors pleading for it to consider selling the venerable publisher to a local or civic-minded group. “We need new owners,” wrote Tribune City Hall reporter Gregory Pratt on Twitter.  It comes after Alden Global Capital, a group known for cutting costs and eliminating newsroom jobs, purchased a 32% stake in Tribune Publishing. Unions representing journalists at several news outlets across the country owned by […]

  • Chicagoan who started Russia investigation sought to ‘monetize’ his role

    WASHINGTON — The Chicagoan whose conversation with an Australian diplomat touched-off the Russia investigation was caught on a 2016 recording hypothesizing ways to monetize his foreign contacts and role with President Donald Trump’s campaign. That’s according to a conversation memorialized deep into Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ examination of the origins of the Russia investigation. George Papadopoulos was barely a decade out of DePaul University when he landed a spot on the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team. The Inspector […]

  • Drew Peterson transferred to an undisclosed state prison

    WGN Investigates has learned Drew Peterson has been transferred to a new prison. He’s been at the federal prison in Terre Haute Indiana since 2017. He was transferred there by Illinois prison officials. Now, the Illinois Department of Corrections said Peterson is no longer in federal custody and has been transferred to a state prison outside of Illinois. Officials declined to say where citing inmate safety and security. Peterson was sentenced to 38 years for killing his third wife Kathleen […]

  • FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says

    WASHINGTON — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been the target of a “witch hunt.” The long-awaited report rejected theories and criticism spread by Trump and his supporters, though it also found “serious performance failures” up the bureau’s chain of command that Republicans are citing as evidence that […]

  • New details on bodycam video on Eddie Johnson’s incident

    CHICAGO — WGN Investigates has new information in the October incident that eventually led to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s firing. The city’s inspector general has interviewed several key police officials. When officers responded to the call of person slumped over the wheel at a stop sign after midnight on October 17, they were wearing body cameras. A source who has seen the video said body-cam footage shows them walking-up to the unmarked vehicle. Its engine was running. They observed […]

  • Chicago mayor fires top cop Eddie Johnson over ‘intolerable’ actions

    CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot terminated Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson effective immediately Monday, saying an investigation into an incident when Johnson was reportedly asleep in a vehicle revealed, “actions that are intolerable for any leader.” In October, Johnson was spotted slumped over the wheel of his black SUV near his Bridgeport home. In a press conference he called after the incident, Johnson initially said he’d forgotten to take his blood pressure medication and became lightheaded. But he later admitted […]

  • Chicago officers credited for helping save 15-year-old gunshot victim

    CHICAGO — Four Chicago police officers are getting credit for helping save the life of a teenage gunshot victim. Officers John Mitrogiannis, Dawid Kasprzak, Juan Guerroero and Saul Avila were on patrol on Nov. 19 when they received a call of shots fired near 71st and Lawndale. They found a 15-year-old boy on the ground suffering from gunshots wounds to his back and chest. They used their medical and rescue training to put a seal on the teen’s chest to […]

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