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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City Has Repaved More Than 100 Miles Of Streets This Year

The city’s top streets boss says crews are making very good progress in the street re-paving and reconstruction season.


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Dragonfly Swarms Returning To Chicago For The Summer

It’s that time of year when more and more dragonflies flutter around the Chicago area and one expert says they’re great to have around.


A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

State Senator Wants Illinois To Allow Local Assault Weapon Bans

State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) said, based on the past two months alone, with the destruction wrought across the U.S. by assault weapons, local communities have to be given the flexibility to decide for themselves whether such guns should be outlawed.


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Hebron Trustee Trying To Get Embattled Village President Recalled

A trustee in the small village of Hebron, near the Wisconsin border, has taken steps to get a referendum on the November ballot to recall the village president, who is facing drug and gun charges.


The grandstand rises behind the first turn of the one and one-eighth miles main track of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Jockey, Horse Injured During Race At Arlington Park Racetrack

Chris Emigh, 45, was thrown from Fitz’s Storm as they were coming around the far turn, when the 3-year-old horse suddenly ran through the temporary turf rail instead of running alongside it.


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Ribfest: Good Eatin’ For A Good Cause

The annual Naperville event is this weekend, benefiting efforts to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.


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Best Father’s Day Gift Of All: A New Lease On Life

This Father’s Day was one that a Homer Glen man is going to relish for the rest of his life. So will his family.


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Algae On Fox River Causes Taste, Odor Issues For Elgin Tap Water

A foul smell and taste in the water in Elgin should be gone in the next couple days.


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DuPage County Officials Warn Of Rising Heroin Crisis

Hanover Park Deputy Police Chief Andrew Johnson said the heroin problem is not just a law enforcement issue.


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Expert: Orlando Gunman Fits Profile Of Unstable ISIS Sympathizer

Fatima Rahman, an assistant professor of politics and chair of the Islamic World Studies program at Lake Forest College, said Islamic State supporters who carry out terrorist attacks usually have a violent past, are unstable, and tend to be non-religious.


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Kane County Won’t Take Electronics At Recycling Events After Being ‘Bombarded’

Kane County has decided to indefinitely stop accepting electronics waste at its recycling events.


Maryville Academy Will No Longer House Teen Wards Of Illinois

The cash-strapped state government is emphasizing foster-home placements, rather than group homes, Maryville’s director tells WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.


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Couple Files Complaint After Inn Denies Them Non-Religious Wedding

A mixed faith couple has filed a discrimination complaint with the state, after being told they could not have their wedding at an inn in Galena, because they wanted a non-religious ceremony.


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100 Teachers, Staff To Retire From Elgin School District

Wednesday is the last day of work for more than 100 teachers, bus drivers, administrators, and others who are retiring from Illinois’ second largest school district, U-46 in Elgin.


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Chicago Nurse To Become Rush University’s Second Oldest Grad

“I still think of myself as being a lot younger than I am,” said Ingrid Forsberg, who earned her master’s degree in nursing practice in 1978.


Junior High Band Performs Concert Written By 8th Grade Prodigy

There was a musical world premiere Wednesday night in the southwest suburbs, and the composer was an 8th grader.


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Booming Demand For TSA PreCheck In Wake Of Long Waits At Airports

If pictures of long security checkpoint lines at O’Hare and Midway airports have you a bit nervous about an upcoming flight, you might want to do what many people are doing and enroll in TSA’s PreCheck program.


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Retired Navy Veteran Donning Cap And Gown At NIU 63 Years Later

An 85-year-old Korean War veteran is reliving his college years this week at Northern Illinois University, and will experience something very special on Saturday.


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Oak Park Looking Into Possible Eisenhower Expressway Deck

Oak Park might be gaining some new open space for its residents in the coming few years, but the question is: at what cost?


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Sheriff Looking Into Mass Sick Calls Behind Mother’s Day Lockdown At Cook County Jail

A lockdown was lifted at Cook County jail on Monday, a day after a huge wave of sick day call-ins on Mother’s Day, and Sheriff Tom Dart said he’s trying to determine if any of those who missed work should be disciplined.




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