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, 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.
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Thanks for listening!
A Chicago firefighter was rushed to a hospital overnight, after a chimney collapsed as he was on the scene of a fire in West Englewood.
Workers went on strike this morning against funeral homes that operate under Service Corporation International, which runs funeral homes under the name Dignity Memorial.
Parts of the western suburbs were still cleaning up Tuesday afternoon, after a fast-moving, hard-hitting storm uprooted trees as it blew through the area.
Any Blackhawks fan knows the names Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Keith and Seabrook by heart, but how many really know the story of the team’s namesake?
A group of South Side high school students was back in Chicago on Friday, after a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
A non-profit organization has begun shipping 700 computers to needy students in Mexico and the Dominican Republic
With 49 elementary schools set to close this summer, and the district facing an additional $412 million in pension costs, the Chicago Teachers Union estimated hundreds – if not thousands – of teachers could be laid off to reduce district spending.
Chicago’s top cop said Monday the concealed carry legislation approved by state lawmakers last week should have mandated more training before a person can carry a concealed fiream.
The union that represents Chicago firefighters is getting behind a proposal that would prevent banks from kicking out renters during foreclosure proceedings.
The Taste of Chicago restaurant lineup is out for this year, and there are some new offerings on the menu.
The CTA said the first week of the Red Line South Reconstruction Project has gone smoothly, but it can go even smoother if riders follow a few suggestions.
The busy summer travel season got underway on Thursday, as many travelers got an early start to the Memorial Day weekend.
A police officer said someone cut off the bus, and when the bus driver slammed on the brakes, the bus slid on wet heavy metal sheeting on the roadway, then crossed into oncoming traffic, and hit a building.
In case you’re wondering, after seeing the devastation in Oklahoma this week, Illinois schools are required by the State Board of Education to conduct severe weather drills once a year.
When the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line begins Sunday, it could have a ripple effect on people who make their livings selling items on the street near CTA stations on the South Side.
The state’s top transportation official would like to slow momentum for a move to increase the top speed limit in Illinois.
State and local police say they’re beefing up traffic patrol as we move toward the Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.
As former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, await sentencing on corruption charges, several people have sent in letters in an effort to influence the punishment a federal judge will mete out in July.
Wrigley Field is going to be ‘in the pink” today when the Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago cut the ribbon on its expanded facility this morning at 2220 W. Harrison in the Medical District on the West Side.