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).
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!
The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in the past week has re-kindled all kinds of emotions in the people who once called Cuba “home”.
The government should have to file charges against suspects before being able to take cash, cars and other property from them, critics say. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.
Chicago’s official Christmas tree was cut down Thursday morning from between a couple of houses in northwest suburban Wauconda.
Southwest suburban Orland Park may be mostly White Sox territory, with its mayor being a lifelong White Sox fan, but Orland Park is feeling the Cubs love this week.
The search for the parents of an abandoned infant found dead in Wheaton two months ago has taken a high-tech turn.
The specialized ambulance has a CT scan machine and anti-stroke medications inside. That allows a stroke diagnosis on-the-scene and treatment to begin right away.
Illinois’ attorney general was out warning South Side residents about the unscrupulous practices of some alternative energy companies that scam people into signing up with them.
A Loyola University Medical Center spokeswoman said those invited to the “Big Saves” reunion have “cheated death” and are in an elite club they never would have wanted to be in.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said autopsies have determined 65-year-old Jose Suarez and an unidentified man died of smoke inhalation and alcohol intoxication.
WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya takes you inside the world of Bow Tied Wood, a home-based company that makes wooden bow ties.
Early in the season, Moultrie County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Braden bet DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas the Cardinals would beat the Cubs for the National League Central title.
DuPage County officials say they are not giving up trying to find the parents of an infant found dead along a Wheaton road last month.
Two veterans struggling to deal with life after the military have received some help in the form of service dogs.
Radio transmitters with long antennae were attached to a dozen turtles on Friday and the turtles were then released into a south suburban forest preserve where it’s hoped they’ll produce more turtles.
Wrigley Field will be a buzz Thursday night, as the Chicago Cubs have the chance to clinch their division championship with a win.
The Chicago Park District said it cost $453,000 to get Grant Park back into shape after Lollapalooza at the end of July, compared to about $236,000 last year.
A new kind of “superhero” was visiting Chicago on Friday. His mission? To get young men, especially, to pull up their pants and stop showing their underwear as they walk or stand in public.
Downers Grove first responders participated Wednesday in a railway hazardous chemical emergency response drill.
It’s been two weeks since the bodies of an elderly woman and her son were found on the outskirts of the tiny city of Sycamore, and it’s still very much on the minds of people there.
Archbishop Blase Cupich celebrated Mass on Monday at Pope Francis Global Academy, a new school created by consolidating four Northwest Side schools.