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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, bicycle and visit major league baseball parks all over the country. I’ve also started taking up golf so be careful if you happen to be near a course. I never quite know where the ball is going.

I live in the Beverly/Morgan Park community on the Southwest Side and 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!

100-year-old Louis Reinhart poses with his family on the field before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

100-Year-Old Cubs Fan Dies Three Weeks After Delivering Game Ball

100-year-old Louis Reinhart was supposed to be part of the Wrigley Field centennial celebration on Opening Day, but Chicago traffic tied up his family, and they got to the stadium too late to deliver the game ball as planned.

07/02/2014

From left: Lawrence Pope; Taveda Driver; Jermain Hoskins (Cook County Sheriff)

Corrections Officer, Two Others Charged In Smuggling Operation At Cook County Jail

A 2-year employee of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and two others have been charged in a contraband smuggling operation at County Jail.

06/30/2014

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Chicago Police Officers To Oppose Parole For 3 Cop Killers

Eighteen uniformed officers planned to present a silent but visible opposition to early release for three men serving lengthy prison terms for killing police officers in the 1970s.

06/26/2014

UP West Metra Train

Metra Banning Alcohol On Trains Thursday Due To World Cup Viewing Party

Metra says it’s instituting its alcohol ban on trains Thursday.

06/25/2014

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Woman Grazed When Gun Goes Off On CTA Bus

Riders on a CTA bus got a bit of a scare Wednesday morning when a gun accidentally went off after a passenger picked up a small pistol he found on the bus.

06/25/2014

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CPS Changing Student Discipline To Reduce Suspensions

Chicago Public Schools officials have decided to move away from zero-tolerance approaches to student discipline.

06/24/2014

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Mundelein Cops Release Data On Traffic Stops

Racial breakdown numbers for traffic stops throughout Illinois will be released July 1, but one north suburban police department has decided to make its info public early.

06/18/2014

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Report: Illinois 3rd Best State For Teen Drivers

Illinois tied with New York for 1st in the U.S. in tough driving laws for teenagers, 9th best in safety, and 10th in economic environment – a measure of ticket fines and insurance rates.

06/18/2014

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Englewood Charter School’s First Senior Class To Graduate Monday

Next Monday is a big day for a charter school in the Englewood neighborhood. Johnson College Prep High School’s first graduation will be staged at the Field Museum.

06/06/2014

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

Feds Hit Storage Facility For Petcoke Dust Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused a company that stores huge piles of petroleum coke on the Calumet River of violating federal regulations to limit emissions of harmful black dust, after tracing clouds of the powdery substance to the company.

06/04/2014

Canoe Paddle

Man Dies After Canoe Capsizes In Wilmington

A 20-year-old man died in far southwest suburban Wilmington overnight, after a canoe capsized on the Kankakee River. Three other people from the boat made it to safety

06/04/2014

One of three murals created by students at Horace Mann Academy to send a positive message about their community. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

Grade School Murals Show South Side ‘Doing Some Amazing Things’

Students at a South Side elementary school were hoping to send a message to their community, despite the recent shooting of six people a mile away from their school.

06/03/2014

Zweifel Hardware at 345 W. 25th Pl. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/CBS)

South Side Hardware Store Closing After Nearly 130 Years

A mom-and-pop hardware store that’s been around since the 1880s will soon be closing for good.

05/28/2014

Connor Sykes holds a vintage "Huckleberry Hound" lunch box that apparently once belonged to David Fisher of Geneva. (Credit: Laurie Sykes)

Original Owner Vintage Lunchbox Tracked Down

Nine-year old Connor Sykes of New York state had recently found the name and west suburban Geneva address of the original owner of one of the vintage lunchboxes his mother owns.

05/23/2014

Holiday Traveling

AAA: Expect A Busy Summer Travel Season

More people will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year, and throughout the summer as well.

05/23/2014

Veterans Group Raising Money For Wreaths Honoring War Dead

A local veterans group leader says he’s confident the group will be able to raise $720 more to cover the costs of wreaths honoring each of his community’s war dead on Memorial Day.

05/19/2014

A railroad viaduct along Skokie Highway was flooded by heavy rains on Monday, leaving a long line of trucks stranded for several hours as they waited for the water to drain enough to pass. (Credit: CBS)

Deputy Coroner Rescues Family Stranded In Flooded Viaduct

A Lincolnwood family of five is okay today because a Lake County official happened upon them during when a street flooded Monday night in Lake Bluff.

05/14/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Drowning Victim’s Parents Help Teach About Dangers Of Rip Currents

The Kochers’ 15-year old son, Matt, drowned last summer in Lake Michigan, unable to deal with a rip current, even though he was a three-sport athlete.

05/08/2014

A Canadian National freight train idles on Wisconsin Central railroad tracks near Rosemont, Illinois. (File photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Plainfield Trustee Angry Running Freight Train Left Unattended

A Plainfield trustee was blowing the whistle on a railroad practice in his village that he believes is unsafe.

05/07/2014

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Flooded With Job Seekers, Landscaper Still Wary Of Their Work Ethic

Christy Webber Landscapes heard from about 75 people, on the phone and in person, who said they’re ready to work cutting grass and performing other tasks for the $9 an hour starting pay, but she’s taking a wait-and-see attitude to find out if any of those people pan out.

05/07/2014

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