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!

Metra commuter train makes it way along the tracks. (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Rail Officials Warn Drivers To Use Extra Caution In Winter

Union Pacific said drivers need to be even more careful when road conditions are snowy and slick, because it takes a 100-car train going 60 miles an hour up to a mile and a half to come to a complete stop, so by the time a train engineer spots your car on the tracks with the train bearing down, it’s too late.

11/12/2014

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Study Says Workers Being Telepressured Into Checking Email Outside Of Work

Researchers at Northern Illinois University have come out with a new study on how much people are checking and responding to their work emails when they’re on *and* off the job.

11/11/2014

This is some of the wreckage vandals left behind at the New Lenox veterans memorial. (CBS/Jim Williams)

ComEd Kicks In $10,000 To Help Repair Veterans Memorial

The utility is cutting the check to help repair vandalism-related damage at a New Lenox veterans memorial. WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

11/10/2014

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Bones Dug Up During Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Work To Be Reburied

The Cook County Forest Preserve District has abandoned plans for a new section of walking and biking path in Oak Forest, after crews dug up unmarked graves on the site of the old Oak Forest Hospital.

11/07/2014

Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich (R) greets Francis Cardinal George during a press conference on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Washington, will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the 9th archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cardinal George “Cleaning The Slate” For Cupich Before Retirement

Less than two weeks until Cardinal Francis George retires as archbishop of Chicago and makes way for Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich, George said the transition is well-underway.

11/06/2014

A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on May 30, 2014 in Hines, Illinois. Hines, which is located in suburban Chicago, has been linked to allegations that administrators kept secret waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for rapid treatment. Today, as the scandal continued to grow, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned from his post. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Food Pantry Opens At Hines VA Hospital

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has opened a food pantry at Hines VA Hospital near Maywood. It’s the food charity’s second such pantry. The first opening was last year at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in the Illinois Medical District on the West Side.

11/06/2014

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Lawmaker Wants To Allow Voting Booth Selfies

Seizing on the popularity of people showing off their “I Voted” sticker on social media after casting a ballot, a state lawmaker from the West Side has begun a push to allow voters to take “selfies” at polling places.

11/05/2014

The 57-foot blue spruce in Donna Atkinson's yard in Elgin will be cut down and installed at Daley Plaza as the city's official Christmas tree for 2014. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Elgin Woman’s Blue Spruce Selected As Chicago Christmas Tree

The nearly 70-foot tall tree on Donna Atkinson’s property in Elgin dwarfs her tiny one-story house, so she figured donating it to the city of Chicago would be the perfect inexpensive way to remove it.

11/05/2014

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Dentist Offers To Buy Leftover Halloween Candy

A local dentist is trying to save children’s teeth, and provide some treats to members of the U.S. military for the fifth year in a row.

11/03/2014

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Birth Control Referendum On Illinois Ballot Stirs Controversy

When you go to the polls between now and Tuesday, you’ll see on the ballot a question asking if any insurance plan that has prescription drug coverage should be required to cover prescription birth control.

10/31/2014

Yvonne and Ralph Shurley's frightful scene in Orland Park.

A ‘Spooktacular’ Sight For Halloween In Orland Park

There are only a couple of nights left to catch this year’s spooktacular offering by an Orland Park couple that’s made a big deal out of Halloween for more than a dozen years.

10/30/2014

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Citizens Utility Board Holding Customer Service Horror Story Contest

Have a customer service horror story that involves dealing with a utility company? The Citizens Utility Board wants to hear from you on social media.

10/28/2014

Elgin Police Department

Elgin Police Probe Scuffle That Stirred Facebook Controversy

Police in Elgin were investigating a scuffle between a cab driver and another motorist, an incident which sparked a mini-uproar on social media over the past few days.

10/27/2014

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Air Bag Warning Has Car Dealerships Flooded With Calls

Nearly 8 million air bags are involved in the recall, in vehicles that are at least six years old.

10/23/2014

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Chicago Area Motorists Pleased By Falling Gas Prices

Gas prices have been coming down recently and motorists are liking what they see.

10/20/2014

ComEd Power Yard

Sticking With ComEd Helps Lombard Residents Save On Electricity

Lombard’s electricity aggregation contract was up, so village officials decided in April and May to see which electricity provider would offer the lowest prices for residents. It turned out, ComEd beat the alternative suppliers.

10/09/2014

O'Hare Travelers

O’Hare Travelers Getting An Earful From Daylong Fire Alarm Test

Going to the airport can be enough of a chore in and of itself, but on Thursday, travelers at O’hare International Airport will have to endure the extra headache of listening to fire alarms going off all day.

10/09/2014

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Waukegan Teachers Blast Halt To Health Insurance As Strike Enters Week Two

When teachers for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 walked off the job one week ago, the district stopped paying their insurance premiums. The district gave teachers the option of continuing their coverage by paying 100 percent of their own premiums.

10/09/2014

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Woman Defends Conditions On Urban Farm After Getting 25 Citations

An North Side woman has disputed the city’s claims that she has more than two dozen code violations at her home and the vacant lot she’s turned into an urban.

10/08/2014

The moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse in the sky above Chicago early Wednesday, creating a "blood moon" for the second time this year. (Credit: Twitter/Nick Ulivieri/@ChiPhotoGuy)

“Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse Greets Early Risers

For the second time this year, Chicagoans were treated to a glimpse of a blood moon, when the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse early Wednesday.

10/08/2014

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