Steve Nichols graduated from Eisenhower High school in 1985.  He served in the United States Air Force during Desert Storm. 

He returned to Decatur and began working at WAND as a photographer in 2007. Producing several series such as Diary Of A Fat Photog, Illinois Made, Illinois Proud and Through My Lens, which is currently featured on the Weekend Daybreak Morning Show.

In 2016 Steve won an AP Award for Best Series or Documentary.