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!

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1,400 Chicago Police Officers To Be Outfitted With Body Cameras Next Year

Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago will be studying whether or not a new Chicago Police Department body camera program improves interactions between citizens and police.

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Toy Drive Ends, But Cancer Foundation Still Going Strong

Sue Staehely’s son, Mark, started the toy drive in 2000, getting people to donate 150 toys to the pediatric cancer unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital – now Lurie Children’s Hospital.


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Health Officials Offer Food Safety Advice For Thanksgiving

If you want your Thanksgiving guests to be thankful they joined you for Thursday’s big meal, public health officials said you need to practice good food safety habits.


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Elderly Man Missing From Northlake

A senior citizen from west suburban Northlake has been reported missing, and police said his last known location was more than 200 miles away from home.


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Snow Plow Crews Prepping For Weekend Storm

With the first real snowfall of the season expected to begin Friday night, crews have been getting their snow plows ready to hit the road, and checking their routes before they have to start clearing the streets.


With New Expanded Warehouse, North Suburban Non-Profit Hopes To Add Jobs For Developmentally Disabled

A north suburban non-profit expands its warehouse space today…and with it…possibly more jobs for the disabled.


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Utility Watchdog Warns About Alternative Gas Companies

With colder weather approaching, it’s time to think about heating your home.


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Two Years Later, Recovery From Washington Tornado “An Unbelievable Blessing”

Two years to the day after a powerful tornado ravaged the central Illinois city of Washington, killing three, and destroying hundreds of homes, the city’s mayor said the recovery has been “remarkable.”


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Alderman Slams Rauner For Calling For Halt In Syrian Refugees To Illinois

A Northwest Side alderman has accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of “fear-mongering,” after the governor proclaimed Illinois will temporarily stop accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.


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Washington Park Veterans Center Must Fix Code Violations To Stay Open

Volunteer assistant general manager Krystal Burns said the RTW Veteran Center must correct more than 32 city code violations, or risk shutting down. She believes RTW needs about $32,000 to fix the violations and keep the center running.


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Renowned Penny Road Pub In Barrington Up For Sale

The original building for the Penny Road Pub in Barrington was built in 1853. Owner Dave Sanfilippo said his father bought the place in 1972. After 43 years in the family, he said it’s time to sell.


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Chicago’s Christmas Tree On The Move From Northlake To Millennium Park

The city’s official Christmas tree was cut down Monday morning from in front of a home in west suburban Northlake.


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Carol Stream Calls On Springfield To Release Funds For Municipalities

Trustees in west suburban Carol Stream are calling on state lawmakers to vote to release state money that villages and cities all over Illinois have coming to them.


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Expert: Turning Clocks Back Doesn’t Translate To Extra Sleep For Everyone

Rush University Medical Center sleep disorder expert Dr. James Wyatt said research indicates there are more traffic accidents on the Sunday after the fall time change, perhaps because of greater alcohol use, and people staying up a little later.


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Restoration Of Lombard Cemetery Wins Local Award

Civic groups in west suburban Lombard have been honored for restoring an old cemetery that had fallen into disrepair over the years.


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Madigan: Rauner Shouldn’t “Give Up Hope” Of Reaching Budget Agreement Next Month

House Speaker Michael Madigan on Tuesday called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to be more reasonable so a settlement can be reached on the state budget.


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Cook County Animal Control Officials Say They Had No Choice But To Euthanize Coyote Living In Oak Lawn

Cook County’s top animal control expert says the agency had no choice but to order a coyote euthanized last week.


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Oak Park Apartment Building To Be Torn Down After Blaze

Fencing ringed what remains of the 3-story, 22-unit apartment building in the 200 block of Washington Boulevard on Friday. Oak Park Chief Building Official Steven Cutaia said the building is in such bad shape it’s going to have to come down.


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Stevenson High School Pushing Back Start Time Next Year

The school board approved the change this week, and in a video on the school’s website, principal Troy Gobble said there are three main reasons for the change, including research on teenage sleep.


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Crystal Lake South High School Plans To Downsize Controversial Bleachers

A two-year dispute between Crystal Lake South High School and people who live next to the football field might be coming to an end.



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