Steve Wilkos, the highly recognizable former U.S. Marine, Chicago Police Officer and popular TV veteran, is doling out his own version of justice and sticking up for people who need a little extra help. He brings street credibility to families in crisis who are looking for straight talk and understanding from a no-nonsense host.
"Many of the guests who come on my show are facing serious problems and are crying out for help from someone who has their best interests at heart," the 6-foot 3-inch host says.
Over the past three seasons, Wilkos helped authorities take pedophiles off the streets, gave dozens of women the courage to walk away from abusive relationships and coached teens against the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He uses tough love to approach a wide range of issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, child endangerment, gang affiliation, and racism, among others.
Wilkos puts evil in its place and helps victims reach their full potential with his no-nonsense attitude, sense of discipline and code of honor he learned from his days in the Marines and Chicago Police Department. He goes above and beyond the role of compassionate talk show host by providing people with the tools and building blocks to help them get their lives back on track.
"I believe the moral code I was taught during my marine training, the street smarts I picked up as a police officer and the patience and compassion I've developed from becoming a father have prepared me to help my guests get through the hard times they are facing," Wilkos says. He adds, â??One of the things that I'm proudest of â?? though sometimes it is a long and difficult journey â?? is that we provide victims of crime with closure that they so desperately need."
A Chicago native, Wilkos served as a Marine before his 12-year stint with the Chicago Police Department. During his time as a Chicago beat cop, he kept the streets safe in the city's volatile 14th District (Shakespeare). He retired from the force in 2001 and now devotes himself to his family and talk show.