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!

Southwest Highway In Orland Park Still Flooded, Business Owners Frustrated

A stretch of Southwest Highway that remains flooded Friday in Orland Park is frustrating business owners who say the inconvenience is happening more and more regularly.


Chicago Cubs Tickets Go On Sale Friday, Execs Say Interest Is High

Chicago Cubs single-game tickets go on sale to the general public Friday morning, and Cubs executives say this year is feeling a lot like a couple of years ago.


Mother, Children Bring Cards, Donuts To Cmdr. Bauer’s Police Station

A mother and three of her children showed love Wednesday morning at the 18th District police station where Capt. Paul Bauer commanded.


Churches Burn Palms In Preparation For Ash Wednesday

A palm burning service outside Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday morning was a sign that Ash Wednesday and Lent are almost here.


Counties Replenish Salt Supply After Weekend Snow, Icy Conditions

With several weeks of winter remaining, county transportation departments are re-loading after a long weekend of salting and plowing snow.


Snow-Packed Roads Lead To Dicey Travel Conditions On Tri-State Tollway

Roads are snow-packed throughout the Chicagoland area, treacherous in many spots.


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West Chicago Teachers “Working To Terms” Until New Contract Is Reached

Teachers for West Chicago Community High School are taking a job action short of a strike, for now, as they try to negotiate a contract with District 94.


Officer Friendly Program Revived, More Chicago Officers Receive Training

More than 50 Chicago police officers received training on Thursday to be part of the revival of the Officer Friendly Program.


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Anniversary Of Lane Bryant Massacre Brings In New Leads

Tinley Park police said last week’s 10th anniversary of the Lane Bryant massacre has prompted some new tips in the case


Girl, Who Lost Father, To Receive Special Escort To Father-Daughter Dance

A north suburban kindergartener whose father was killed in a military training accident last year will be getting a special escort to a Father-Daughter dance on Wednesday.


Surveillance Cameras, Interviews Led To Charges In Tollway Worker’s Death

Illinois State Police said tollway surveillance cameras and interviews of out-of-state witnesses helped investigators and prosecutors bring reckless homicide charges against a 26-year-old Ohio truck driver this week.


Suburban Police Departments To Be Trained, Equipped With Narcan

Police from 30 suburban departments in Cook County are going to soon be trained and equipped with Narcan to try to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids.


DNA Ties Man To 2015 Robbery At Orland Square Mall

A 24-year old man has been arrested for a mall parking lot robbery from almost two-and-a-half years ago, thanks to DNA information and a timely traffic stop.


Cardinal Cupich Talks School Closings, Church Consolidations

Cardinal Blase Cupich spoke publicly for the first time about Catholic school closings and church consolidations that have been announced over the last week.


Man Sworn In As Police Officer In Town Where Brother Was Killed In 1996

A 24-year old man was sworn in on Monday as a police officer in west suburban Aurora, the same city where his 6-year-old brother was killed in 1996.


Palos Heights Catholic School May Close Due To Lack Of Funds

Time appears to be running out for a southwest suburban Catholic elementary school fighting to stay open after this academic year.


Flu Cases Surging In Cook County In The Past Few Weeks

Cook County health officials said their hospitals and clinics saw 46 confirmed cases of flu from Oct. 21 through Dec. 24. In the two weeks that followed, there were 103 cases.


Scam Artists Steal Cash, Jewelry From Elderly Woman In Huntley

A couple scam artists bilked a 90-year-old woman out of jewelry and cash on Tuesday when one of them posed as a village worker stopping by her home in northwest suburban Huntley.


Hanover Park Receives A New Logo Ahead Of 60th Birthday

Northwest suburban Hanover Park has unveiled a new logo that officials hope better position the village to attract new residents and businesses.


Study Finds Cook County Adults Consume High Amounts Of Sugary Drinks

A new study indicates the amount of sugary drinks consumed by adults in Cook County has serious health implications.



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