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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


Apartheid gone, but racism remains—in cinema

Scholar MaryEllen Higgins sees a new type of covert — though not necessarily malicious — type of racism in Hollywood's representations of modern Africa. This simplified view of the continent and its peoples, she says, often finds its way to Western audiences under the guise of human rights or other well-meaning themes.


The LIBOR scandal: What is it and should you care?

The Libor interest rate determines lending rates for trillions of credit dollars, from loans between financial institutions to adjustable-rate mortgages and credit cards. It's also forms the basis of how the big banks trade an estimated $350 trillion in derivatives worldwide. The manipulations may have cost pension funds and local governments billions of dollars.


South Sudan: One year after independence

Expectations were high one year ago when South Sudan gained independence. Many are optimistic about the direction of the country, but many also believe the fledgling country has failed to live up to expectations.


How to live a life free from plastic

While recovering from surgery in 2007, Beth Terry read an article — and saw a photo — that changed her life. Now the anti-plastics crusader has gotten her plastic consumption down to just two pounds a year. She says you can too, and joins Worldview Monday to explain how. 


Chicago activist gives globally, despite personal loss

Mona Purdy, founder and executive director of Share Your Soles, lost everything in a home fire four months ago. But the tragedy hasn't stopped her charitable work.


Film explores suicide epidemic among Indian farmers

Big agribusiness companies claim their genetically modified seeds offer effective solutions to feeding the planet. But there’s growing concern over such technological trade-offs. The situation is especially desperate in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides has claimed over a quarter-million lives in the last 17 years.


Death threats force Mexican priest, migrant advocate to Chicago

Many describe Alejandro Solalinde as a voice for justice, crying in the wilderness for migrants from Central America and Mexico. This has been especially true since he made it clear he is willing to die for this cause.


Film ‘Reportero’ documents drug war related press killings in Mexico

More than 50,000 Mexican men, women and children have been killed in drug war related violence since December of 2006, including many members of the Mexican media. Director Bernardo Ruiz followed employees of the weekly paper Zeta as they grappled with the violence.


Documentary initiative advocates for victims of sexual violence

The Voices and Faces project documents the stories of survivors of sexual violence. One recent effort took them to Mexico, where they interviewed women who were the victims of rape and torture at the hands of Mexican police.


The end of America's Middle East moment?

Scholar Fawaz Gerges argues that despite his efforts to limit the damage done by the Bush years and all that came before them, President Obama may be seen as an “American Gorbachev” in the Middle East.


Peace activist envisions a world without NATO

German activist Reiner Braun, a noted representative of Germany’s peace movement since 1982, has serious concerns about NATO as it pursues so-called "out of area" operations. Wednesday on Worldview Braun shares his vision for a world without the treaty organizaion.


Bringing music, art and English to an Indonesian orphanage

How does a white girl from Chicago get interested in teaching music to orphans in Indonesia? Music for Lombok co-founder Kat Vallera explains.


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