Bernie Tafoya

tafoya250 Bernie TafoyaI’m a lifelong Chicagoan and could never see myself living anywhere else (except maybe Hawaii!).

I was born on the North Side in 1958 but have lived all but the first three months of my life on the South Side. That said, thank (or is that curse?) the ’69 Cubs for making me such a die-hard Cubs fan.

I grew up in the projects–the CHA’s Trumbull Park Homes in the South Deering neighborhood. I graduated from O.T. Bright Public School, Mendel Catholic College Prep, and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

I’ve been with WBBM Newsradio 780 since 1986 and think I have one of the best jobs around. I’m a general assignment reporter and cover everything from education and politics (including Democratic National Conventions 1996, 2000 and 2008) to crime and religion (including the Catholic Bishops Conference in Dallas that dealt with the priest sex abuse scandal).

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I’ve reported tragedies and thrills such as the Amtrak train crash in Bourbonnais and how much fun it was to ride for nearly an hour aboard one of the Blue Angels FA-18 fighter jets.

My work has been honored numerous times over the past 25-plus years. Among those honors: Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and United Press International, Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a Boyden Award from the Chicago Journalists Association.

I love to workout, bicycle and visit major league baseball parks all over the country. I’ve also started taking up golf so be careful if you happen to be near a course. I never quite know where the ball is going.

I live in the Beverly/Morgan Park community on the Southwest Side and have three adult children of whom I’m very proud.

If you have any questions or comments or would like to e-mail a news tip to me, use the links above!

Thanks for listening!

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Chicago Area Motorists Pleased By Falling Gas Prices

Gas prices have been coming down recently and motorists are liking what they see.

10/20/2014

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Sticking With ComEd Helps Lombard Residents Save On Electricity

Lombard’s electricity aggregation contract was up, so village officials decided in April and May to see which electricity provider would offer the lowest prices for residents. It turned out, ComEd beat the alternative suppliers.

10/09/2014

O'Hare Travelers

O’Hare Travelers Getting An Earful From Daylong Fire Alarm Test

Going to the airport can be enough of a chore in and of itself, but on Thursday, travelers at O’hare International Airport will have to endure the extra headache of listening to fire alarms going off all day.

10/09/2014

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Waukegan Teachers Blast Halt To Health Insurance As Strike Enters Week Two

When teachers for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 walked off the job one week ago, the district stopped paying their insurance premiums. The district gave teachers the option of continuing their coverage by paying 100 percent of their own premiums.

10/09/2014

Among several code violations issued to Mo Cahill for the urban farm she maintains in Rogers Park, the city claims chickens she keeps there created "noxious odors" and an "unsanitary and offensive condition," which she disputes. (Credit: Facebook)

Woman Defends Conditions On Urban Farm After Getting 25 Citations

An North Side woman has disputed the city’s claims that she has more than two dozen code violations at her home and the vacant lot she’s turned into an urban.

10/08/2014

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse in the sky above Chicago early Wednesday, creating a "blood moon" for the second time this year. (Credit: Twitter/Nick Ulivieri/@ChiPhotoGuy)

“Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse Greets Early Risers

For the second time this year, Chicagoans were treated to a glimpse of a blood moon, when the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse early Wednesday.

10/08/2014

Emanuel Mark was a Latvian immigrant who became an American citizen and enlisted in the Army in World War II.  (Credit: Purple Hearts Reunited)

While Installing Pacemaker, Doctors Find Shrapnel That Wounded WWII Vet

A 94-year old World War II veteran who received his Purple Heart 70 years late this August underwent surgery recently, and doctors found a piece of the shrapnel that wounded him.

10/07/2014

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (Credit: Farmers Insurance)

Chicago Teacher Seeking Indoor Horse Arena For School

A Chicago Public School teacher is among 15 teachers nationwide vying for a $100,000 grant from an insurance company, but she is going to need lots of online votes to win.

10/06/2014

Workers remove the Ernie Banks statue from its base outside Wrigley Field, to take it away for restoration during the offseason. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Banks, Caray Statues At Wrigley Hauled Off For Restoration

The Ernie Banks and Harry Caray statues were removed from outside Wrigley Field on Wednesday, to be restored during the offseason while renovations are underway inside and outside the stadium itself.

10/01/2014

With less than a week until Hot Doug's closes for good, fans have taken to lining up several hours before the store opens each day to get one of their gourmet hot dogs. (Credit Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Hot Doug’s Fans Line Up For Final Week Of Gourmet Dogs

Most people are having breakfast this time of day, but a number of people already have lunch on their minds as they line up at Hot Doug’s Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium, which is closing for good on Friday.

09/30/2014

One of Chicago's most festive occasions, the Chicago Pride Parade, happened on Sunday, June 24th. With a record-breaking 850,000 people, it was a blast! Check out these photos from B96. (credit: B96 Chicago)

Alderman Tunney Releases Results Of Pride Parade Survey

44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney has released the results of a survey he’s taken on what people like and don’t like about the Pride Parade and whether the parade should be moved out of the community.

09/29/2014

Dozens of ash trees along the Midway Plaisance are dying and must be cut down due to emerald ash borer infestation. (Credit: CBS)

Ash Trees On Midway Plaisance Coming Down Due To Ash Borer Infestation

Chicago Park District arborist Marcus Horan said he and a tree-cutting crew have been at the job for several weeks, cutting down two or three infected ash trees a day.

09/25/2014

Elgin Police Department

Elgin Police Recruiting Trip To Puerto Rico Stirs Controversy

Elgin police officers were in Puerto Rico this week to recruit and administer entrance exams for about 150 prospective cadets. It’s part of a wide-range recruitment effort to bring more diversity to a department that is 80 percent white in a town where the population is 44 percent Hispanic.

09/25/2014

One of eight dogs rescued from the Dolton Animal Hospital. Four other dogs were found dead. (Credit: Animal Welfare League)

Shelter To Inspect Potential Foster Homes Before Giving Out Rescued Dogs

Many people have called the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge since Sunday, hoping to adopt one of the eight dogs taken there from the Dolton Animal Hospital.

09/25/2014

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Back To School Means Spike In Child Abuse Reports

State child welfare officials say it’s too hard to tell whether there’s been an increase in reports of child abuse since news broke about Vikings running back Adrian Peterson taking a stick to his four-year old son.

09/18/2014

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War Of Words Between Hinsdale Teachers, School Board Continues

War of words today as the teachers union and school board in Hinsdale High School District 86 discuss separately the possibility of a teacher walkout a month from now.

09/16/2014

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Norridge Man Explains Why He Urinated Into Open Sunroof Of Car

A 36-year-old man who was charged with urinating into a woman’s car over the weekend was speaking out Wednesday

09/10/2014

Dolton Police Chief John Franklin addresses the media Thursday. (CBS)

Dolton Police Chief Wants To Implement Body Cameras By Next Summer

A south suburban police department hopes to have its officers wearing body-cams by early next summer.

09/08/2014

The new simulation lab at Rush University Medical Center uses "smart dummies" to help save lives. (Credit: Twitter/@RushMedical)

New Simulation Lab At Rush Using “Smart Dummies” To Improve Patient Care

Simulation Lab co-director Mike Kremer said phones have been ringing off the hook with medical students and doctors wanting to reserve time with the dummies in the center that opens to them on Monday.

09/05/2014

Elgin Police Department

Elgin Police Officer On Leave Pending Investigation Into Facebook Posts

The 40-year-old officer has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, after his sergeant saw a Facebook post that reportedly said police in Ferguson, Missouri, “did society a favor” by shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown last month.

09/04/2014

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