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
  • Mayor Lightfoot calls Fraternal Order of Police VP a ‘clown’ on open mic

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was caught on an open microphone belittling the number two man in the local Fraternal Order of Police during Wednesday’s city council meeting. As a clerk called on FOP Lodge 7 First Vice President Patrick Murray to speak during a public comment section of the meeting, Lightfoot is heard saying “Oh, back again.  This is this FOP clown.” The comment was recorded and archived during a live stream of the meeting on the Chicago […]

  • DCFS sued for records about kids sleeping at offices

    CHICAGO — A new lawsuit says DCFS has failed to turn over information detailing how often kids wind-up sleeping in state offices. It’s a problem first exposed by WGN Investigates last month. Images taken last year show kids sleeping in the DCFS office in Chicago’s South Loop. Now the Cook County Public Guardian is suing the child welfare agency for failing to respond to public records requests after his office uncovered a case in which two teenagers were forced to […]

  • DCFS placed boy in foster home with sex offender, he was abused: lawsuit

    CHICAGO — A new allegation claims the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services placed a child in a home with a convicted sex offender, and he was sexually abused. That’s according to a pair of lawsuits filed by the Cook County public guardian against DCFS, the foster mother and the sex offender. “DCFS is supposed to run a background check,” public guardian Charles Golbert said. “They did not do that in this particular case so they ended up placing […]

  • Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to life in prison

    NEW YORK — The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord once notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble. A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday, five months after Guzman’s conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case. The 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by an army of gangsters and […]

  • Amidst shelter bed shortage, pics show kids sleeping on DCFS office floor

    CHICAGO — Newly obtained pictures show a problem the Cook County public guardian fears is happening too often: Kids sleeping on the floor of a state office building. The kids were in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services at the time. Experts said the images underscore systemic problems in the agency charged with protecting Illinois’ most vulnerable children. Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert was first to blow the whistle on the sorry sleeping conditions for […]

  • Alligators not the only exotic animals found in Chicago

    CHICAGO —While the Humboldt Park lagoon alligator is getting a lot of attention, finding unusual or exotic animals is nothing new for Chicago’s Animal Care and Control team. In recent years, they’ve been called in to remove everything from a peacock or a pot-bellied pig.  While the unusual sightings can cause some excitement experts remind people that often these animals start as illegal or unwanted pets who grow beyond their owner’s ability to care for them. In 2011, Cook County […]

  • Inspector General found no beds at DCFS office where children slept

    CHICAGO — A surprise inspection of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services office, where some children reportedly slept on the floor, revealed no evidence of beds, pillows or other items kids might need if they slept there. In June, WGN Investigates was first to report on a letter filed in federal court by the Cook County Public Guardian claiming two teenagers had been forced to sleep on the floor of the DCFS office at 1911 S. Indiana Ave. […]

  • Suspect in police custody after Posen hostage situation

    POSEN, Ill. — A suspect is in custody following a hostage situation in south suburban Posen Tuesday. Sources told WGN that a man believed to be armed was holding a mother and her baby hostage in a home on Blaine Avenue. Members of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team responded to the incident, which began just before 10 a.m. SkyCam9 was flying overhead at about 11 a.m. when the mother and baby were released from the home. The suspect was […]

  • Baby reunited with officers who delivered her, now ‘honorary’ aunts and uncles

    CHICAGO — A group of Chicago police officers who helped deliver a baby in April was reunited with that little girl, her grateful mom and “anxious” grandfather. The reunion happened at the Chicago Police Department’s 3rd District Station on the South Side, where two-and-a-half months ago a little girl was in a hurry to be born. The grandfather of the baby, Johnny Stokes, was rushing his daughter to Comer Children’s Hospital, but he came up 20 blocks short. “I was […]

  • Recycling in Chicagoland: We’re doing it wrong and soon it’ll cost more

    CHICAGO — Recycling needs to be rebooted. That’s the opinion of experts as commodity prices crash and many residents still can’t recycle right. WGN Investigates rode along one recycling truck’s route in Oak Lawn and followed it to the yard to see how much of the material residents put in their green carts is actually recyclable. “Believe it or not we get a lot of diapers,” said Pete Keller of Republic Services which handles waste hauling for dozens of Chicago suburbs. […]

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