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.

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Thanks for listening!

Deerfield 911 Dispatcher Helps Get Fuel To Hospital In Puerto Rico

Desirae Kuceba couldn’t know when she answered a 911 call Saturday that her response would affect the lives of people 2,100 miles away.


Bookkeeper Accused of Stealing At Least 1.5M From Suburban Employer

Barrington detectives only looked back at ten of the twenty years she worked at the company. He said Norris would allegedly write company checks to herself, to companies she personally owed money to and to family. 


Glen Ellyn Neighbors Holding Noses Over Stench From Wastewater Plant

Something’s rotten in the village of Glen Ellyn, and a public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the stench that has been bothering residents for weeks.


City Touts Rise In Home Renovations, Faster Permit Process

Buildings Commissioner Judy Frydland said, after changes unveiled last fall, the home renovation permit process is now 10 days shorter.


Some Chicagoans Heading To Florida To Protect Family, Friends, Homes

Drew Hazlett said his grandparents could not get a flight out of Florida, so he plans to drive them out.


Chicago Area Stepping Up With Donations To Harvey Victims In Houston

Suburbs such as Joliet, Orland Park, and Broadview have been collecting packaged foods, drinks, water, baby supplies, pet supplies, and more


Without Reliable Glasses, School Switches Up Plans To Watch Eclipse

Argo High School teachers will be able to show students a live stream of the eclipse in their classrooms.


Elgin Planetarium Helps U-46 Teachers Prepare For Solar Eclipse

Teachers in U-46 were schooled on everything from safety precautions to making homemade eclipse viewing devices.


After 128 Years, De La Salle Catholic High School Going Co-Ed

For the past 15 years, De La Salle has been “co-institutional,” with both boys and girls attending the school, but on different campuses.


Boy Scouts Launch Science Project To International Space Station

Andrew Frank and his team of about a dozen scouts put in more than 5,000 hours of work on the experiment before launching it into space.


Striking Chicago Area Auto Mechanics Expected To Reject Latest Offer From Dealers

Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 negotiator Sam Cicinelli said the leaders are recommending a “no” vote on the dealers’ latest offer.


Border Suburbs Worried About Looming Impact Of Cook County Soda Tax

With two days until Cook County’s new tax on sweetened beverages begins, border suburbs have been left wondering what impact it will have.


Rush hour traffic on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago, Illinois.

Feds Approve Plan For Toll Lanes On Eisenhower Expressway

The state does not have the $2.7 billion needed to make the project a reality, including coming up with a final design.


“Progress Is Being Made” In Semaj Crosby Death Investigation

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said the circumstances of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby’s death are not simple.


Cancer Survivor To Celebrate 21st Birthday With Blood Drive

Jimmy Rancich is a two-time cancer survivor and stem-cell recipient.


With Water Receding, Flooded Suburbs Still Face Major Cleanup

On Linden Drive in Round Lake, piles of flood-damaged belongings lay curbside for village crews and front-end loaders to place in dumpsters.


Fox Lake Residents Face Repairs, Cleanup As Flooding Recedes

Flooding on Fox Lake and the Fox River began to recede over the weekend, but the water could take several days to go down to normal levels.


Cyclists Push Through Hot Morning For Bike To Work Week

Tuesday’s sweltering temperatures didn’t stop cyclists from pedaling through on Tuesday for Bike To Work Week.


Businesses Worried About Plans To Rebuild 55th & LaGrange Intersection

Some businesses stand to lose parking spaces when the state rebuilds the intersection. Others could see reduced access from the roadway.


Heavy Rains Could Impact Planted Corn In Illinois

Last week’s heavy rains could have a negative impact on corn crops in Illinois, and farmers are watching closely.




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