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Steve Bynum

Steve Bynum

Worldview Producer

Steve has been a senior producer for Worldview, WBEZ’s global affairs/news program since 2001. Worldview is the only daily radio talk show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to global news and affairs. On Worldview, Steve is responsible for creating in-depth stories, features, series, film projects and outreach events that connect listeners to global communities in Chicago and around the world.

Prior to joining WBEZ, Steve worked as: program manager for WYLL 106.7 FM in Elk Grove Village, IL; morning show producer for WMBI 90.1 FM in Chicago; producer at WSCR sports radio in Chicago; freelance sports reporter for the Chicago Tribune: and he worked in marketing for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (now Joint Commission) in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

For his work on the program Sandy Rios Live on WYLL 106.7 FM, Steve shared a Gabriel Award, honoring “works of excellence in broadcasting that serve audiences through the positive, creative treatment of concerns to humankind.” In 2013, he shared the Indiana Associated Press Award for producing “Best Public News Program” for the episode, “The Afternoon Shift, live from Crown Point.”

Steve serves as a board director for organizations such as WorldChicago and the Chicago Cultural Alliance. He is also program committee member for the International Network for Urban Agriculture and an International Fellow at the University of Alberta’s Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life.

Steve is a fan of Sci-fi, Foreign and 1930s film.

Recent Stories


Loujain al-Hathloul, Tortured Saudi Activist Refuses Conditional Release

Activist, Loujain al-Hathloul, refused an offer of freedom from a Saudi Arabia prison if she videotaped a statement that she had not been tortured in prison.


Forces Backed By United Arab Emirates And Saudi Arabia At Odds in Yemen’s Civil War

Separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates seized a Yemeni from Saudi-backed government forces, potentially causing a rift between the two allies.


Hong Kong Protesters Shut Down Airport

The protests started eight weeks ago over a proposed law that would enable Hong Kong to extradite its citizens to territories to which Hong Kong doesn’t have existing extradition agreements.


U.S. and Guatemala Sign Secretive Deal on Central American Asylum Seekers

Alizana Americas founder Oscar Chacon gives us an update on President Trump's agreement with Guatemala to limit asylum seekers.


Chicago High Schoolers Experience Climate Change Firsthand On Arctic Voyage

A group of Chicago high schoolers are learning about Indigenous communities and climate change on a voyage through northern Canada.


North Korea Continues Missile Launches

North Korea has fired two unidentified missiles into the sea east of its South Hwanghae province, its fourth such launch in less than two weeks.


U.S.-China Trade War Intensifies

China on Monday allowed its currency to drop to the weakest level in over a decade.


Can A Public Health Approach Help Reduce Gun Violence?

David Hemenway unpacks a public health approach to tackling gun violence, and takes listener calls.


What's the Relationship Between Gun Laws and White Nationalist Terrorism?

Juan Cole discusses the differences between white nationalist terrorism and other forms of terrorism, as well as flaws in gun control policies.


Forest Bathing Connects Arboretum Visitors With Nature

The Worldview team went "forest bathing" — without soap or shampoo!


Trees Are Helping Us Achieve UN Sustainability Goals

Trees make us happier and healthier; that’s what the research is saying.


The Spirituality Of Trees

We're learning about the spirituality of trees in Chinese culture.


Oaks Under Threat In North America

American oak trees are under threat. Several native species are directly affected by climate change and human activities.


Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Calls For Systemic Action

Greta Thunberg spoke last Tuesday in front of the lower house of France’s Parliament.


What Trees Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Trees tell stories about our environment — and especially about climate change.


What Can Drones Tells Us About Trees?

It can be hard to see a tree’s leaves overhead or roots below ground. But to understand a tree’s health, we have to get there.


#WVBus: The History Of The National Anthem, From Francis Scott Key To Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix famously performed a version of the national anthem at Woodstock that wowed some and offended others.


Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May Delivers Last 'Question Time' to Parliament

Outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her last 'Question Time' to Parliament yesterday. It was a record-breaking 63 minutes long, and touched on several subjects including May's multiple failed attempts to have Parliament approve a deal on Brexit. May also faced several heated questions about her successor, Boris Johnson, and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn pressed her on declines in the quality of life for several sections of the British population including the higher use of food banks and a decrease in police numbers under her tenure. 


Chicagoans Protest Blockade Of Gaza Strip

This weekend, Chicago-based organizations are hosting three days of actions to protest the ongoing Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip.


U.S. Will Not Sell F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets To Turkey

The U.S. will not sell F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey, following Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.

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