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!

A 35-40 foot long tree became uprooted and crushed two cars Monday night in Englewood. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Fallen Tree Destroys 2 Cars In Englewood

A large tree was uprooted Monday night in the Englewood neighborhood, crushing two cars, and slightly injuring one person.

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Surveillance image of the alleged thief. (Credit: Aurora police)

Aurora Police Release Surveillance Images Of Alleged Goodwill Thief

Aurora police are looking for the thief who stole from a charitable organization in the past couple of weeks, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.

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Text For Help System Aimed At Teens Expanding In Lake County

The organization LEAD started its text-a-tip program a year and a half ago in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, after a series of teenage suicides. Now it is expanding to all of Lake County.


Pope Francis leans out and waves to the crowd as he rides in a popemobile along a parade route around the National Mall on September 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Suburban Food Pantry Volunteer To Hear Pope Francis Address Congress Thursday

A Schaumburg food pantry volunteer will be among those at the Capitol Thursday when Pope Francis addresses Congress.


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Hispanic Aldermen Encourage More Latinos To Give Blood

Latinos make up 17 percent of the general population, and nearly 30 percent of the Chicago population, yet only 4 percent of those who give blood.


A cardboard version of Flat Francis, a cartoon drawing of Pope Francis used to show support for the pontiff during his visit to the U.S., stands at Daley Plaza on Tuesday. (Credit: Catholic Exension Society/Facebook)

No Pope Francis In Chicago? Meet Flat Francis Instead

Pope Francis won’t be visiting Chicago on his trip to the U.S., so many people have been making do with a drawing of him as “Flat Francis.”


An Evzio auto-injector for administering the heroin antidote naloxone. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Lake County Receives Donation Of Heroin Antidote Naloxone

The Evzio devices provide voice instructions for how to administer a dose of naloxone to someone who has overdosed on heroin.


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Red Cross To Install 500 Smoke Detectors In Roseland

American Red Cross volunteers planned to install 500 smoke detectors in homes on the South Side on Saturday, and help educate residents on fire safety.


A deer in a forest preserve near the Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest, Ill. (Credit: Cook County Forest Preserve District)

Forest Preserves Kick Off 100-Year Anniversary Party

The Cook County Forest Preserve District starts an eight-day celebration of its 100th birthday this Sunday.


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Boy Scouts Giving Out Rockets Amid Registration Drive

Every boy who signs up for Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts on Thursday will receive a rocket that will be able to blast off at one of eight designated sites on October 3.


Teachers from Prospect Heights School District 23 walk the picket line after going on strike. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Negotiations To Resume Amid Prospect Heights Teachers Strike

As approximately 1,500 students in four northwestern suburbs missed a second day of school due to a teachers’ strike, the head of the Prospect Heights school board was offering a glimmer of hope for a quick resolution.


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Orland Park Mayor To Return 116 Calls From Telephone Town Hall

Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin has his work cut out for him, after saying he’d call back people who did not get their questions answered at a recent telephone town hall meeting.


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Woman Charged In “Uptown Beach Bandit” Bank Robbery

The FBI believes it has arrested and charged a North Side woman as the so-called “Uptown Beach Bandit” for a robbery last month.


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Gurnee Students Plan “Gray Out” For Classmate Who Died Of Cancer

Students at a north suburban high school were planning a special tribute to a classmate who died of cancer in the spring. They’ll all wear gray t-shirts in honor of Daniel Wang, who died of brain cancer in April. Even the football team will be in gray.


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Orland Park Officials To Hold Town Hall Meeting By Phone

This particular town hall will be to discuss all the road projects going on in the village, particularly the LaGrange Road widening project, although the mayor and trustees will take calls on other subjects as well.


Murder victim Tammy Zywicki (Illinois State Police)

State Police Say Solving Murder Of Tammy Zywicki 23 Years Ago Still A High Priority

It was 23 years ago tomorrow that the body of 21-year-old college student Tammy Zywicki was found along the side of a road in Missouri.


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Board Boss Vows To Fix Orland Park School Bus Mess

The head of a southwest suburban school district promises to get bus service problems straightened out or find a new school bus company.


Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Elgin Mayor Wants Summit Of Social Service Groups Caught In State Budget Stalemate

Many groups that provide services to the mentally ill, drug addicts, and others have been deprived of state funds they need to operate while the governor and lawmakers have failed to agree on a state spending plan.


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“Remind” App Helps Teachers Keep Students Posted About Homework And Tests

A smartphone app has been touted as a great communications tool for teachers, and could get a lot more use now that schools are getting back in session.


Will County Courthouse (Credit: Village Of Frankfort Website)

Joliet Offers $12.3M In Incentives To Will County For New Courthouse

Will County and the City of Joliet have come to an agreement which will keep the county courthouse in downtown Joliet, including more than $12 million in incentives from Joliet.