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).
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 and bicycle and I golf every chance I get. If I don’t need winter gloves, chances are you’ll find me swinging the clubs. I’m working to “break 90” more regularly and hope to “break 80” someday.
After 55 years living on the South Side of the city, I now live with my wife, Nancy, in the southwest suburbs. I have three adult children of whom I’m very proud.
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Thanks for listening!
The Palos Health and Fitness Club closing is part of Palos Community Hospital’s plan to expand its facility in Orland Park on 153rd Street and West Avenue.
The Lombard village board will be honoring one of the village’s employees for an exceptional anniversary.
In northwest suburban Woodstock, festivities continue through tomorrow to mark “Groundhog Day” where the classic Bill Murray movie was shot 24 years ago.
A needy South Side Navy veteran’s family got a big thank you for her service today and was also giving thanks after receiving new furniture for every room in their house—free.
Thirty years ago, Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launching on what was supposed to be a historic mission. On Thursday, a science and technology center named in honor of the shuttle, teachers and students released balloons in the air in memory of the seven astronauts who were killed in the Challenger disaster.
A group that has been taking World War II veterans on free trips to D.C. for the past eight years has begun taking Korean War veterans as well.
A coyote found him or herself in an unusual predicament Saturday night in Northwest Indiana–trapped between the inner and outer doors of a department store.
Illinois’ Public Health director says the state is heading into the heart of the flu season in pretty good shape.
You might have been doing everything you can to go outside the past few days, but a couple creatures in Chicago are loving the frigid temperatures.
A southwest suburban teacher and coach was honored Thursday for making a difference in his students and players on and off the field for the past 20 years.
PETA spokeswoman Ashley Byrne said the furs should be put to good use since they already exist.
Cook County Forest Preserve District fisheries biologist Steve Silic said people should make sure a lake or pond is covered in at least 4 inches of ice before going onto the frozen surface, by drilling a hole in the ice.
An 87-year old Palatine man has been donating blood since he was a teenager and next week donates his 160th pint or unit of blood.
Cook County has launched a two-year program to try to better identify people who have trouble putting food on the table for their families and getting them help.
The pumps at the Citgo station at 111th Street and Lawndale Avenue have been ordered shut down until water found in the tanks is removed.
Civic leaders and representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities came together today to denounce the anti-Muslim, anti-refugee sentiment that has been picking up steam around the country.
Franciscan Outreach shelters about 325 homeless men and women a night at shelters on the West Side. It also has a soup kitchen and a food pantry.
A south suburban Richton Park girl is about halfway through her goal of collecting and giving to other, mostly young underprivileged girls, a thousand Barbie dolls, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.
A Wheeling funeral home might soon become the first in the state to serve alcohol at memorial services.
For the 14th year in a row, Chicago firefighters today brought a delivery of toys meant for children at Illinois Masonic Medical Center for Christmas and the coming months.