About Steve

Steve Chamraz is a veteran reporter, an engaging anchor, and an enthusiastic newsroom leader.

In the studio… Steve is a warm and dependable presence behind the anchor desk. He anchors TMJ4 News at 4 and TMJ4 News at 5 for Wisconsin’s legacy station WTMJ-TV.

He also anchors Milwaukee Tonight, a 6:30 p.m. news magazine designed for viewers who want to watch a non-traditional newscast.

In the field… Steve leads the way on special projects reporting. His investigations win awards, draw viewers and push positive change in the community.

In the newsroom… Steve is a leader and a teacher. He is a consistent resource for colleagues who need guidance reporting a story or searching out details to set their work apart from the competition.

On social media… @TMJ4Steve has become a trusted voice in the community for breaking news, interesting daily topics, and personable interaction.

Professional Experience

WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee
News Anchor/Investigative Reporter
February 2011 to present

  • Primary anchor of weekday evening newscasts.
  • Anchor of 6:30 p.m. news magazine, “Milwaukee Tonight.”
  • Contributed investigative and general assignment reports to the 10 p.m. newscast.
  • Reported, wrote, and produced a 30-minute documentary on the USS Milwaukee, which won a 2016 Edward R. Murrow regional award.
  • Reporting on an obscure Wisconsin law banning the sale of certain types of butter spurred state and federal lawsuits.
  • Series on illegal daycare providers lead to state-level hearings and legislation to correct deficiencies.
  • Relentless reporting on Milwaukee parking ticket errors prompted the city to create a new way for people to clear tickets issued by mistake.
  • Created and launched two 6:30 p.m. news magazines, “The Now: Milwaukee” and “Milwaukee Tonight.” Each became a model for other stations in the Scripps family.

WFLD-TV, Chicago
General Assignment Reporter/Interactive Producer
November 2008 to February 2011

  • Part of reporting team honored with the 2010 George Foster Peabody Award.
  • Shifted seamlessly between creating content for on-air and online platforms.
  • Fluent in content management, search engine optimization, social media, and basic HTML.

KMOV-TV, St. Louis
Chief Investigative Reporter
November 2005 to November 2008

  • Created and managed an award-winning and market-leading investigative unit.
  • Contributed to ratings success of the market’s #1 10 p.m. newscast.
  • Investigated fraudulent practices of clothing recycling company US’Again, resulting in new state law.
  • Exposed Walmart’s corporate policy requires thousands of tons of edible food to be thrown in the trash, resulting in policy change and a new food donation program.

KCTV-TV, Kansas City
Chief Investigative Reporter
November 2002 to November 2005

  • The founding reporter for an award-winning and market-leading investigative unit.
  • Contributed to ratings success of the market’s #1 10 p.m. newscast.
  • Ground-breaking series on internet predators prompted the FBI to open a computer crime lab in Kansas City.
  • Relentless reporting resulted in the resignations of a judge, police officers, hospital board members, and the head of a public utility company.

KGO-TV, San Francisco
General Assignment Reporter
August 2000 to August 2002

WKOW-TV, Madison
General Assignment Reporter
June 1998 to August 2000

WTMJ-TV/AM, Milwaukee
Producer/Field Producer/Radio Newscaster
November 1996 to June 1998

KTKA-TV, Topeka, Kan.
General Assignment Reporter
June 1996 to August 1996

WISN-TV, Milwaukee
Associate Producer
June 1995 to June 1996


Awards & Honors

George Foster Peabody Award
2010, WFLD-TV News Team

National Headliner Award
2005, Investigative Reporting, 2nd place

Investigative Reporters & Editors Award
2007, Broadcast Award Finalist

Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards
2016, News Documentary
2009, Breaking News Coverage
2008/2005/2004, Investigative Reporting
2008/2007, News Series
2007, Hard News
2007, News Writing
2005, Overall Excellence

Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award
2022, Environment/Science Reporting

Mid-America Emmy Award
2008, Investigative Reporting
2008/2007/2005, News Series
2008/2006/2004, News Excellence
2007/2006, Political Reporting

Wisconsin Broadcasters Award
2021, Election Coverage
2018, Newscast
2017, Political Reporting
2017, News Writing
2013/2015 Investigative Reporting
2013, Spot News Coverage
2013, Continuing Coverage

Milwaukee Press Club Award
2018, News Writing
2013, Investigative Reporting
2013, News Feature

Missouri Broadcasters Award
2008/2007/2004, Investigative Reporting

Kansas Broadcasters Award
2005, In-Depth Reporting

Kansas City Press Club Award
2005/2004, Investigative Reporting

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