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!


Members Hoping To Save Orland Park Fitness Center From Closing

The Palos Health and Fitness Club closing is part of Palos Community Hospital’s plan to expand its facility in Orland Park on 153rd Street and West Avenue.


Lombard Honoring Longtime Employee

The Lombard village board will be honoring one of the village’s employees for an exceptional anniversary.


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Woodstock Willie Ready To Make Annual Groundhog Day Prediction

In northwest suburban Woodstock, festivities continue through tomorrow to mark “Groundhog Day” where the classic Bill Murray movie was shot 24 years ago.


Navy veteran Angela Harris watches delivery workers prepare to take her new dresser into her house in the West Pullman neighborhood. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsradio)

Navy Veteran Gets A Much-Welcomed Gift

A needy South Side Navy veteran’s family got a big thank you for her service today and was also giving thanks after receiving new furniture for every room in their house—free.


A solid fuel rocket booster disappears behind the contrail of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, over Kennedy Space Center, as debris from the orbiter begins to fall to earth. The Challenger exploded seconds after lift-off, killing its crew of seven. Challenger was 72 seconds into its flight, travelling at nearly 2,000 mph at a height of ten miles, when it was suddenly envelope in a red, orange and white fireball as thousands of tons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel exploded (Photo credit: BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Woodstock Science Center Honors 30th Anniversary Of Challenger Disaster

Thirty years ago, Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launching on what was supposed to be a historic mission. On Thursday, a science and technology center named in honor of the shuttle, teachers and students released balloons in the air in memory of the seven astronauts who were killed in the Challenger disaster.


World War II Veterans Visit National Memorial In Washington, D.C.

Group Offering Honorary Trips To D.C. For Korean War Veterans

A group that has been taking World War II veterans on free trips to D.C. for the past eight years has begun taking Korean War veterans as well.


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View: Coyote Tries Entering Kohl’s In Valparaiso

A coyote found him or herself in an unusual predicament Saturday night in Northwest Indiana–trapped between the inner and outer doors of a department store.


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In Midst Of Flu Season, State Public Health Director Says Illinois In Pretty Good Shape

Illinois’ Public Health director says the state is heading into the heart of the flu season in pretty good shape.


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Brookfield Zoo’s Polar Bears Right At Home In Chicago’s Arctic Chill

You might have been doing everything you can to go outside the past few days, but a couple creatures in Chicago are loving the frigid temperatures.


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Lockport High School Soccer Coach Awarded With Springsteen Tickets

A southwest suburban teacher and coach was honored Thursday for making a difference in his students and players on and off the field for the past 20 years.


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PETA Donating Used Furs To Homeless In Chicago

PETA spokeswoman Ashley Byrne said the furs should be put to good use since they already exist.


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Experts Urge Caution Before Skating Or Fishing On Frozen Lakes And Ponds

Cook County Forest Preserve District fisheries biologist Steve Silic said people should make sure a lake or pond is covered in at least 4 inches of ice before going onto the frozen surface, by drilling a hole in the ice.


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Palatine Man Preparing To Donate His 160th Pint Of Blood Next Week

An 87-year old Palatine man has been donating blood since he was a teenager and next week donates his 160th pint or unit of blood.


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County Health Facilities To Screen For Families Who Are ‘Food Insecure’

Cook County has launched a two-year program to try to better identify people who have trouble putting food on the table for their families and getting them help.


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South Side Gas Station Closed After Water Found In Fuel Tanks

The pumps at the Citgo station at 111th Street and Lawndale Avenue have been ordered shut down until water found in the tanks is removed.


Local Civic Leaders Denounce Anti-Muslim, Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

Civic leaders and representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities came together today to denounce the anti-Muslim, anti-refugee sentiment that has been picking up steam around the country.


Donations, Volunteers Increase Over Holidays, But Charities Say Need Is Year-Long

Franciscan Outreach shelters about 325 homeless men and women a night at shelters on the West Side. It also has a soup kitchen and a food pantry.


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8-Year-Old Girl Collecting 1,000 Barbies To Give Away To Chicagoland Children

A south suburban Richton Park girl is about halfway through her goal of collecting and giving to other, mostly young underprivileged girls, a thousand Barbie dolls, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.


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Wheeling Village Board Approves Liquor License For Funeral Home

A Wheeling funeral home might soon become the first in the state to serve alcohol at memorial services.


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Chicago Firefighters Deliver Christmas Gifts Meant For Sick Kids At Illinois Masonic

For the 14th year in a row, Chicago firefighters today brought a delivery of toys meant for children at Illinois Masonic Medical Center for Christmas and the coming months.



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