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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


Chicago LGBTQ Film Festival Celebrates Its 35th Year

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival is celebrating its 35th year at Landmark Theatres' Century Centre Cinema.


Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 'The Toad Knew'

We’ll talk about Chicago Shakespeare Theater's new venue and play with the theater's executive director and the venue's lead designer.


Chicago's Filipino Community On Duterte's Police State

A group of Filipino-Americans have formed a collective response to the extrajudicial killings tied to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.


Mexico City Earthquake Leaves More Than 200 Dead

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 216 people, including at least 21 schoolchildren.


Only One Sky Presents 'Sky Day' 2017

Only One Sky has declared Sept. 22 an annual International “Sky Day.” Each year, they encourage school-aged children to look at and photograph the sky in support of the climate and planet. Filmmaker Whitehouse joins 'Worldview' to discuss the project.


Co-Authors Reflect Ten years After Publishing Controversial Book, 'The Israel Lobby'

'The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy' authors discuss what's changed in Middle East dialogue since they wrote the book in 2007.


Every Other Hour: Finding Solutions To Violence In Rio And Chicago

As part of WBEZ’s ongoing project Every Other Hour, we’re going to hear two reports about how people are finding solutions to gun violence in Rio de Janeiro and Chicago. In Rio, many schools are trapped in the crossfire or gang violence. For the past 10 years, music teacher Roberto Ferreira has worked at a primary school on the poor western outskirts of Rio. Every time a shooting occurs, he tries to calm down his young students in a special way. The BBC’s Catty Sheriff shares Ferreira’s story. Then, WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan shares the story of Journey Jamison. When a man burst through her back door after being shot, Jamison was able to help because of a training program called UMedics. UMedics co-founder Martine Caverl said the city's violence, along with health disparities and ambulance response times, can make people feel powerless, so it’s up to civilians like Jamison to train themselves in emergency medicine.


Ken Burns On 'The Vietnam War'

WBEZ Film Contributor Milos Stehlik talks with producer Ken Burns about his 10-year odyssey to create a new documentary, 'The Vietnam War.'


U.N. Levels Sanctions On North Korea

We’ll talk about the regional implications of sanctions against North Korea with University of Notre Dame professor emeritus George Lopez.


Chicago Art Installation Mimics Trillion-Ton Broken-Off Antarctic Iceberg

'White Wanderer: A Climate Change Soundtrack' is a public art installation along the Chicago River mimics a trillion-ton Antarctic iceberg.


Why Climate Change Is A Bigger Threat To U.S. Than Terrorism

Historian Juan Cole draws attention to what he believes to be a more urgent threat to the U.S. than terrorism — climate change.

Worldview Podcast

Spotlight: A History Of Police Militarization

The neighborhood cop probably looks more like G.I. Joe than Andy Griffith. 'Worldview' examines how police became more militarized.


Film Tracks Paris Climate Activists

Milos Stehlik talks with the director of a film that tracked climate change activists as they prepared for the 2015 Paris Climate negotiations.


Milos Stehlik Recaps 2017 Telluride Film Festival

WBEZ film contributor Milos Stehlik recaps the 2017 Telluride Film Festival with its founder, Tom Luddy.


The Ongoing Rohingya Genocide

Burma’s (Myanmar) government faces continual allegations of state-sponsored persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority.


Trump Administration's Human Rights Record

Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch, shares her opinions on President Trump’s human rights record.


Trump Administration And The History Of U.S. Police Militarization

Peter Kraska, who has spent his career studying police and criminal justice militarization, gives us a history of police militarization.


North Korea Detonates Nuclear Bomb And Launches Missile Over Japan

North Korea’s state television claimed a successful detonation of what it called a hydrogen bomb Sunday — the county's sixth nuclear test.


‘Dreamers’ Face Uncertain Future

President Trump’s decision starts a countdown for Congress to address immigration reform before so-called “dreamers” are deported.


German Election Debate/Election Preview

We’ll talk about German politics with ZettaCap founder Kevin Coogan.

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