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When he joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2011, Steve Chamraz returned to the place where his career began. In 1995, Steve worked as newsroom intern while a freshman at Marquette University. He stuck around for a couple more years, working as an overnight newscaster on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and as a television field producer.
These days, Steve anchors “The Now: Milwaukee” and contributes to the TODAY’S TMJ4 I-Team.
“This is the place where I learned to love television news,” Steve said. "Working here just feels natural."
Since returning to TODAY’S TMJ4, Steve has twice won the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award for investigative reporting. In 2016, he was awarded an Edward R. Murrow award for his news documentary “Making the Milwaukee.”
In 2011, Steve's I-TEAM reporting exposed problems with illegal day cares, including dangerous practices that contributed to the deaths of children. This prompted hearings by a state senate committee, which is considering legislation to help keep children safe in day care.
In 2014, Steve’s reporting exposed local school districts failing to do the required number of safety drills each year. These schools were forced to change their safety drill policies after being caught violating state law.
One of Steve's favorite projects was documenting the construction of the USS Milwaukee, the fifth navy ship to bear the name of our city. He followed the construction of Milwaukee from day one, blending stories about the new ship with tales of the ones that came before.
In his free time, Steve enjoys following Brewers baseball and Marquette University basketball. He is also a fan of Milwaukee's thriving dining scene.
Before returning to Milwaukee, Steve worked as a reporter for FOX-owned WFLD-TV in his hometown of Chicago. He led the investigative reporting teams at KMOV-TV in St. Louis and KCTV-TV in Kansas City. He has also reported for television stations in Madison and San Francisco.
Steve has received some of the industry's highest honors including a National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting. Steve was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, won ten regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, nine Mid-America Emmy Awards, three Missouri Broadcasters Awards, the Kansas Broadcasters Award and numerous awards from the Kansas City Press Club. In 1997 the Hearst Journalism Foundation named Steve one of the top young reporters in the country.
Steve's work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes and Court TV. It has resulted in new state laws, reforms to the court system, the clean-up of illegal dumps, criminal investigations and the resignations of powerful public servants.