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!

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Oak Forest Clarifies Council’s Written Question Policy

There is a new written policy for Oak Forest City Council meetings: All questions from the public must be put in writing.

01/19/2017

How much caffeine is too much for teenagers?  (CBS)

Poll Shows Some Millennials Spend More On Coffee Than Retirement

According to Acorn’s Money Matters Report, about 41 percent of Millennials questioned said they spent more last year on lattes than on their retirement years.

01/18/2017

An iconic image from Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," which marks its 25th anniversary this year. (Miramax Films)

Film Buffs Can Help Mark Cinematic Milestones At The Oak Lawn Library

On a Saturday every month, starting Jan. 14, “Cineversary” will honor a range of movies, starting with “Reservoir Dogs.”

01/06/2017

American flag. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Elgin VFW Selling Its Building, Will Try To Rebound Elsewhere

VFW Post 1307 will continue to exist, just in a different form and in a different place that hasn’t yet been determined. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

01/04/2017

Chicago Ridge Mall attracts walkers who are looking for some indoor exercise. (Bernie Tafayo/WBBM)

Chicago Ridge Mall One Of The Nation’s Best For Getting Exercise: Survey

BestMallWalking.com has named Chicago Ridge Mall one of the top 10 best malls in the country for walking.

01/03/2017

Archbishop Blaise Cupich (CBS)

Cardinal Cupich: Parishes Will Work Together In 2017 To Help Steer Archdiocese

Blase Cupich is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

12/23/2016

(Credit: Chicago Building Department)

Chicago Wants To Stop Bad Contractors From Starting Other Building Projects

City officials are proposing an ordinance that might have prevented last year’s line-of-duty death of a firefighter. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

12/15/2016

Texting (CBS)

Skokie School Has False Threat After Altered Photo Shared On Instagram

A picture of a young person holding a gun, and altered along the way on social media, has caused a stir at a north suburban school district.

12/12/2016

Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill. (CBS)

Corrections Department Shuts Down Roundhouse At Stateville Prison

Stateville Prison Warden Randy Pfister tells WBBM Newsradio 348 inmates have been moved out of the maximum-security F House since October.

12/01/2016

Ruiz family in Cuba, before moving to the United State (Credit: Maria Ruiz)

Family Who Once Lived In Cuba Reacts To Passing Of Fidel Castro

The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in the past week has re-kindled all kinds of emotions in the people who once called Cuba “home”.

11/29/2016

Assorted cash. (Marissa Villarrubia/InstaGram)

Critics Of Illinois Forfeiture Law Push Reforms

The government should have to file charges against suspects before being able to take cash, cars and other property from them, critics say. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

11/16/2016

A 69-foot Norwegian spruce from Bill Scholla's yard in Wauconda was selected as the city of Chicago's official Christmas tree for 2016. (Source: City of Chicago)

City Picks Millennium Park Christmas Tree For 2016

Chicago’s official Christmas tree was cut down Thursday morning from between a couple of houses in northwest suburban Wauconda.

11/03/2016

Orland Park village hall Cubs sign (WBBM/Bernie Tafoya)

Orland Park Village Hall Shows Cubs Support

Southwest suburban Orland Park may be mostly White Sox territory, with its mayor being a lifelong White Sox fan, but Orland Park is feeling the Cubs love this week.

10/26/2016

Images created through a process called DNA phenotyping reveal what the parents of "Baby Hope" might look like. (Credit: DuPage County sheriff’s office)

Tests Help Sheriff Determine What Baby Hopes Parents Might Look Like

The search for the parents of an abandoned infant found dead in Wheaton two months ago has taken a high-tech turn.

10/20/2016

Rush University Medical Center will soon begin operating this Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit to more quickly diagnose and begin treatment of strokes. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Rush University Medical Center Unveils Specialized Stroke Ambulance

The specialized ambulance has a CT scan machine and anti-stroke medications inside. That allows a stroke diagnosis on-the-scene and treatment to begin right away.

10/20/2016

Germany Invests Heavily In Alternative Energy Production

Attorney General Warns Residents About Alternative Energy Scams

Illinois’ attorney general was out warning South Side residents about the unscrupulous practices of some alternative energy companies that scam people into signing up with them.

10/17/2016

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Loyola Plans “Big Saves” Reunion For Former Trauma Center Patients

A Loyola University Medical Center spokeswoman said those invited to the “Big Saves” reunion have “cheated death” and are in an elite club they never would have wanted to be in.

10/07/2016

A van burns in the 3100 block of South Harding on Sept. 2, 2016. Two bodies were found inside after the fire was extinguished. (Source: Angel Perea)

Deaths Of Two Found In Burning Minivan Ruled Accidental

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said autopsies have determined 65-year-old Jose Suarez and an unidentified man died of smoke inhalation and alcohol intoxication.

10/06/2016

Kevin, Mueller, the owner of Bow Tied Wood | Bernie Tafoya

Made In Chicago: Bow-Tied Wood

WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya takes you inside the world of Bow Tied Wood, a home-based company that makes wooden bow ties.

10/03/2016

Moultrie County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Braden (left) made good on a bet with DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas (right) by doing his job for a day after the Cubs beat the Cardinals for the NL Central title. (Credit: DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk's Office)

Cubs-Cardinals Bet Doesn’t Pay Off For Downstate Court Clerk

Early in the season, Moultrie County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Braden bet DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas the Cardinals would beat the Cubs for the National League Central title.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2016

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