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!
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 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.
A mother and three of her children showed love Wednesday morning at the 18th District police station where Capt. Paul Bauer commanded.
A palm burning service outside Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday morning was a sign that Ash Wednesday and Lent are almost here.
With several weeks of winter remaining, county transportation departments are re-loading after a long weekend of salting and plowing snow.
Roads are snow-packed throughout the Chicagoland area, treacherous in many spots.
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.
More than 50 Chicago police officers received training on Thursday to be part of the revival of the Officer Friendly Program.
Tinley Park police said last week’s 10th anniversary of the Lane Bryant massacre has prompted some new tips in the case
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.
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.
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.
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 Blase Cupich spoke publicly for the first time about Catholic school closings and church consolidations that have been announced over the last week.
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.
Time appears to be running out for a southwest suburban Catholic elementary school fighting to stay open after this academic year.
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.
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.
Northwest suburban Hanover Park has unveiled a new logo that officials hope better position the village to attract new residents and businesses.
A new study indicates the amount of sugary drinks consumed by adults in Cook County has serious health implications.