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 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!

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