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!

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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Southwest Side Alderman Holding Community Meeting Over Rise In Teen Sexting

A nude selfie of a girl from the Beverly neighborhood has prompted concern from parents and authorities over children sharing inappropriate pictures of themselves.

05/13/2015

Monica Prinz and her first grade students at Gillespie School. (Credit: Golden Apple Award Facebook Page)

1st Grade Teacher At Gillespie School Receives Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching award winners are being announced this week, and among the first teacher on the city’s South Side.

05/11/2015

A family of geese was taken to the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn, after a group of teens attacked the father with a board near Arlington Heights in late April. (Credit: Fox Valley Wildlife Center/Twitter)

Goose Recovering After Attack Near Arlington Heights

Wildlife specialist Laura Kirk said the goose was protecting his family, when teens hit him in the head with a board last week on Bonhill Drive, south of Lake Cook Road in unincorporated Arlington Heights.

05/08/2015

ComEd Power Yard

Utilities, Watchdog Warn Customers Of Scams

It’s unusual for three utilities and the Citizens Utility Board to come together for a single news conference, but they did just that Friday to try to prevent customers from being scammed.

05/07/2015

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Suburban Middle Schoolers Honored For Hard Work

The Mundelein Police Department and Lake County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Shanes have teamed up for a fifth straight year to honor many students who have overcome issues to improve in school, whether it’s in academics or behavior.

04/27/2015

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt making an address at the headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., appealing for donations to a Red Cross War Relief drive.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Chicago Students Want Eleanor Roosevelt On $20 Bill

The student government group at Roosevelt University has launched a campaign to get a former First Lady’s face on the $20 bill.

04/24/2015

Cardinal Francis George at the installation Mass for Archbishop Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast-Pool/Getty Images)

Cardinal George Feared Death, And The Unknown Afterlife

“I fear the unknown, and what happens after death is unknown. I mean, in faith we believe that we will live forever, and that God calls us to live with him if we cooperate with his Grace. I believe that sincerely, profoundly, but I don’t know what that means,” Cardinal George told WBBM Newsradio’s “At Issue” in November.

04/23/2015

A visitor to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is reflected on the surface of the wall in Washington, DC. The memorial honors US service members of the US armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/Southeast Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Plainfield Central Plans Vietnam Battle Re-Enactment

If you’re near Plainfield Central High School tomorrow and you hear what sounds like gunfire, officials say you should *not* be alarmed.

04/22/2015

A poster of the five medallions Cope designed for Holy Name Cathedral. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Graphic Artist Who Designed Medallions At Holy Name Recalls Working For Cardinal George

One of the people remembering Cardinal George this week is a South Side graphic artist, Larry Cope.

04/21/2015

Jackie Kazarian poses in front of her painting "Armenia," marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Chicago Artist Draws On Family History In Painting To Mark 1915 Armenian Genocide

Jackie Kazarian’s painting is called “Armenia.” Her grandmothers survived the Armenian genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks; in which as many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed in what is now part of Turkey, but which used to be part of Armenia.

04/17/2015

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East Dundee Tickets Thrift Store For Pile Of Donated Goods Outside

A northwest suburban village is taking action against a thrift store where donated goods have piled up in plain view of passersby.

04/15/2015

Rochelle Tornado

Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

Dog Park

Evergreen Park Closes Dog Park Over Canine Flu Concerns

Happy Bark Dog Park at 91st and California in Evergreen Park will be a no-bark zone for at least a week or two.

04/09/2015

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“I Voted” Stickers A Thing Of The Past In Lake County

While voters in most suburban counties will receive an “I Voted” sticker in exchange for their completed ballot Tuesday, Lake County voters haven’t had the option to receive the coveted sticker in years.

04/07/2015

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