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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Chicago Cops Honored For Saving Fellow Officers

Seven police officers were honored Wednesday by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, for saving the lives of two fellow cops by using automated external defibrillators and CPR.


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Honor Flight Chicago Launches Inaugural D.C. Trip For Korean War Veterans

More than 60 Korean War veterans received a special treat Wednesday, when they joined 40 World War II veterans on a free trip to Washington, D.C.


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Englewood Students March To “Make The Violence Stop”

Students from the Englewood neighborhood raised their voices loud and clear Tuesday morning as they staged a peace march through their community.


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Students To Present Plans To Redevelop Vacant Englewood Site

Students from nine Midwestern universities will be competing Saturday for a chance to have an impact on one of the neediest neighborhoods in Chicago.


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Fox Lake Lt. Joe Gliniewicz’s Widow Pleads Not Guilty To Conspiracy Charges

The widow of the Fox Lake police officer who killed himself last fall has pleaded not guilty to new charges of conspiracy and misuse of charitable funds, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.


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Illinois Lottery Gives Out Free Gas, Groceries, Treats

The Illinois Lottery had a Day of Luck promotion on Monday, giving away thousands of dollars worth of free gasoline, groceries, meals and sweets throughout the state.


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Prom Dress Giveaway For Needy Students On Saturday

It’s that time of year when high school students start getting ready for prom, and there are options for some girls having a tough time paying for a new dress.


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Men At Saint Xavier Walk In Women’s Shoes To Support Rape Victims

Nineteen male students, coaches, and administrators at Saint Xavier University walked a mile in women’s shoes on Wednesday, to help bring attention to the issue of sexual assaults against women on college campuses across the country.


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Principal Back To Work At Waukegan H.S. After Serving In Afghanistan

The principal of Waukegan High School is back at work after nearly a year away to serve his country and recover from injuries suffered in Afghanistan.



Deal Reached To Save Orland Park Fitness Club

Palos Community Hospital and Orland Park have reached an agreement to save a hospital-run fitness center that was supposed to close in a few weeks.


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Elgin Church Offering Drive-Up Communion On Thursday

A downtown Elgin church is putting a new spin on taking the church to the people with drive-by or drive-up communion.


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Forest Preserves To Get Started With Annual Spring Burns

If you’re driving near any of the Chicago area’s forest preserves over the next few weeks, don’t be surprised if you see some smoke and fires. It’s the time of year for “controlled burns.”


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McHenry County Board Member Sees “Vendetta” Behind Pension Probe

McHenry County Board members put the head of a municipal pension fund on the hot seat Thursday night, after he had warned they could lose their pensions if they qualify for them.


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Kane County Planning Drunken Driving Crackdown On St. Patrick’s Day

Kane County will be cracking down on people who insist on drinking alcohol and driving Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day.


State Hosts Resources Fair To Help Ex-Cons Stay On Positive Track

Dozens of ex-convicts showed up at a Chicago Park Districrt fieldhouse on the Northwest Side on Thursday to take advantage of resources to help them make a good life for themselves outside of prison.


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Pension Fund Investigating McHenry County Board Members

The pension fund for municipal workers in Illinois has launched an investigation into whether McHenry County board members are qualified to receive the pension benefits for which they have enrolled.


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Junior Hockey Player Who Suffered Spinal Cord Injury On Long Road To Recovery

A junior hockey player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury last month in Hoffman Estates is said to have a real chance of recovering.

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Construction Could Start Next Year For Proposed Live/Work Housing Development For Artists In Pullman

A proposed live-and-work development for artists is getting closer to the start of construction in the historic Pullman neighborhood.


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Addison Conducts Active Shooter Drill

The drill took place at the Marcus Theaters Addison Cinema movie theater on Lake Street.


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‘Sweet Home Chicago’ Tells History Of Chicago’s Candy Industry

If you’re a history buff, or a candy lover, or both, you might want to check out a new exhibit at the Niles Public Library.




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