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.

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!

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hundreds Protest Budget Cuts Proposed By Gov. Rauner Outside Thompson Center

More than 500 people gathered outside the Thompson Center downtown this morning against budget cuts proposed by Governor Rauner. Demonstrators say the cuts squarely hit the most vulnerable people in the state.

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Geneva Alderman Suggests Limits On Garage Sales

As the weather warms up, and garage sales and yard sales become a more common sight, an alderman in west suburban Geneva has suggested limiting how many such sales a resident can have each year.

07/01/2015

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Thousands Of Chicago Youths Begin Summer Jobs With City

Thousands of young people began summer jobs with the City of Chicago today.

06/29/2015

A barwoman pepares drinks behind an old radio at Beirut's iconic Jemmayzeh cafe on December 29, 2010. The 90-year-old traditional cafe, which remained open through out the 1975-90 civil war, will be closed down on January 10, following a court decision which approved a request by the building's new owner. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Local Amateur Radio Operators Preparing To Take Part In Worldwide Disaster Drill This Weekend

Amateur radio operators say they would be involved in emergency communications in that event and that’s why they’re conducting a worldwide drill this weekend.

06/22/2015

One of six medallions hidden in the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, as part of a treasure hunt to celebrate its 100th birthday. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

DuPage Forest Preserves Mark Centennial With Scavenger Hunt

The district has been running a contest to find six medallions, with prizes ranging from running shoes to the $2,500 grand prize.

06/12/2015

The city as seen through the eyes of the homeless. (Credit: After Supper Visions)

Images Of Chicago, From The Eyes Of The Destitute

A photo exhibit takes place tomorrow evening and Saturday afternoon in the River North area, but the artists aren’t typical photographers.

06/11/2015

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Charges In Large Gun Theft From Freight Train

Federal gun charges have been filed against two men in connection with the theft of 111 weapons from a freight train parked in a Chicago rail yard.

06/11/2015

Ben Bishop makes a save in the first period against Antoine Vermette . (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Archbishop Cupich, St. Petersburg Bishop Wager On Blackhawks-Lightning Stanley Cup Final

It’s getting serious now. There’s a new bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

06/09/2015

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Michelle Obama To Give Commencement Speech To Class That Likely Would Have Included Hadiya Pendleton

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Chicago Tuesday to give the commencement address for the graduating class at King College Prep that would have likely included murder victim Hadiya Pendleton, whose funeral Mrs. Obama spoke at.

06/08/2015

A stretch of the Cal-Sag Trail in the south suburbs. (Source: Facebook/Friends of the Calumet-Sag Trai)

Part Of New Cal-Sag Trail To Open This Weekend

Cyclists, walkers, and runners are in for a big treat in the south suburbs this weekend. The completed 11-mile west leg of the Cal-Sag Trail will officially open between Alsip and Lemont.

06/03/2015

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Missing Electric Vault Covers Raise Concerns Along Kedzie Boulevard

Steve Hier said he’s been calling the city since last summer about a few missing metal electric vault covers that leave about four-by-three foot holes along a half-mile stretch of Kedzie Boulevard, in grassy areas between Palmer Square and the Illinois Centennial monument in Logan Square.

06/02/2015

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert attends ceremonies where former First Lady Nancy Reagan unveiled a statue of her husband, President Ronald Reagan on June 3, 2009 in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, (Credit:  KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Hastert Mentor: Federal Indictment ‘Baffled Me Entirely’

A friend and political mentor of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was speaking up for the indicted lawmaker on Friday, a day after Hastert was accused of lying to the FBI, and trying to hide apparent hush money payments.

05/29/2015

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike in October. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Teachers’ Strike Pushes End Of School Year Back Two Weeks

Instead of starting summer break after class on June 3, the more than 16,000 students in Waukegan Public School District 60 will be hitting the books until June 17.

05/27/2015

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Return Of Swimming Season Prompts Warning About Rip Currents

This past weekend marked the unofficial start of summer and the outdoor swimming season, and it was also marked by drownings and water rescues. Benjamin said part of the problem is that too many people think they’re better swimmers than they are.

05/26/2015

Camp Shabbona Woods in South Holland opened on Friday, the first of five new or renovated campgrounds being introduced by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. (Credit; Cook County)

Cook County Offers Family, Individual Camping For First Time

For decades, camping in the forest preserves has been available only to organized groups—until now.

05/22/2015

Rendering of the $782 million consolidated rental car facility and parking garage planned for O'Hare International Airport. (Credit: City of Chicago)

O’Hare Getting $782 Million Consolidated Rental Car Facility

City officials broke ground Thursday on a new consolidated rental car facility at O’Hare International Airport, designed to bring every rental car agency under one roof, and reduce traffic congestion on airport terminal roadways.

05/21/2015

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Chicago Paramedics Reunite With Cardiac Arrest Survivors, Good Samaritans

On Paramedics Day, paramedics were reunited with cardiac arrest survivors and Good Samaritans who helped out before paramedics had arrived.

05/20/2015

Video posted on Facebook shows a Chicago police officer asleep inside his police SUV. (Source: Facebook)

Man Who Filmed Sleeping Cop: Officer ‘Not Keeping My Neighborhood Safe’

The man who posted a Facebook video showing a Chicago cop sleeping on the job was offering a glimpse into why he filmed the police officer.

05/20/2015

Chicago Cardinal Francis George smiles as he departs St. Bartholomew Church after celebrating mass there April 12, 2005 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Sunday Evening Mass At Holy Name To Pay Tribute To Cardinal George

Cardinal Francis George’s galero – a wide-brimmed red silk hat that used to be given to Catholic bishops at the Vatican when they became cardinals – will be raised to the dome of Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday, one month after his death.

05/15/2015

A highway sign alerts drivers to look for a vehicle that is the subject of an AMBER Alert for a kidnapping victim. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

New System Helps State LEAP Ahead, And Speed Up AMBER Alerts

A new AMBER Alert system that state officials have been using for several months has made it quicker to get the word out about missing children.

05/13/2015

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