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!

A new 14-story hospital at Rush University Medical Center was dedicated on Dec. 8, 2011. It opened in January 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Study: Adult Children Of Chinese Americans Stressed Over Cultural Expectations

A new study takes a look at the culture of Chinese Americans in Chicago, and the effects of adult children trying to live up to the expectation that they’ll take care of their aging parents.

12/18/2015

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Police: Up To 500 Car Tires Punctured In Libertyville Last Week

Libertyville police said as many as 500 car tires might have been destroyed by being punctured between Thursday night and early Friday morning.

12/15/2015

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For Seventh Year, Woman Delivers Toys To Kids At Suburban Hospitals

In this season of giving, there’s one woman who has been at it for seven years, providing for hospitalized children in the north and south suburbs.

12/14/2015

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Oswego District 308 To Offer Evening, Online Classes For High School

Many school districts have altered their start times to better coincide with times students learn better, but a far west suburban school district is taking things one step further without raising taxes.

12/11/2015

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“Everybody Is Just Fantastic For Giving Help” At Salvation Army Norridge Citadel Corps

On the outskirts of the city’s Northwest Side, a Salvation Army center is a beehive of activity, and it’s all about helping people.

12/11/2015

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American Flag Stolen From Montclare Man’s Yard

Until Wednesday morning, an American flag had flown outside Lou Sobelewski’s house in the Montclare neighborhood practically non-stop for nearly 25 years. Then, someone cut Old Glory down and walked away with it.

12/10/2015

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Parents Want To Know Why CPS Moved Kids Bus Stop A Mile Away

Several parents were demanding answers from the Chicago Public Schools on Thursday, saying their children’s bus stop was moved to a more difficult and less safe location, without input from the community.

12/10/2015

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West Side Students Share Sympathy Cards For Victims Of Paris Terror Attacks

Students at a school on the city’s West Side on Tuesday presented letters and cards of condolence to the French consul general to Chicago for last month’s terror attacks in Paris.

12/08/2015

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Expert: Justice Department Reforms Could Be Expensive For CPD, But Worth The Cost

An expert on federal investigations of police department misconduct said the Justice Department’s probe of Chicago police use of force likely will be a worthwhile process, but also a costly one.

12/08/2015

The Thornton Reservoir holds 7.9 billion gallons of water, fed by a 30-foot diameter tunnel that is part of the "Deep Tunnel" flood relief project, formally known as the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan. (Credit: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

VIDEO: Thornton Reservoir Filled With 400 Million Gallons Of Storm Water

A momentous occasion almost went unnoticed after steady rains in the Chicago area last week.

12/04/2015

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Two Gold Coins Donated To Salvation Army In South Suburbs

Two gold coins have been donated to the Salvation Army in the Chicago area this week, the first of the Christmas season.

12/03/2015

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1,400 Chicago Police Officers To Be Outfitted With Body Cameras Next Year

Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago will be studying whether or not a new Chicago Police Department body camera program improves interactions between citizens and police.

11/30/2015

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Toy Drive Ends, But Cancer Foundation Still Going Strong

Sue Staehely’s son, Mark, started the toy drive in 2000, getting people to donate 150 toys to the pediatric cancer unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital – now Lurie Children’s Hospital.

11/23/2015

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Health Officials Offer Food Safety Advice For Thanksgiving

If you want your Thanksgiving guests to be thankful they joined you for Thursday’s big meal, public health officials said you need to practice good food safety habits.

11/23/2015

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Elderly Man Missing From Northlake

A senior citizen from west suburban Northlake has been reported missing, and police said his last known location was more than 200 miles away from home.

11/20/2015

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Snow Plow Crews Prepping For Weekend Storm

With the first real snowfall of the season expected to begin Friday night, crews have been getting their snow plows ready to hit the road, and checking their routes before they have to start clearing the streets.

11/19/2015

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With New Expanded Warehouse, North Suburban Non-Profit Hopes To Add Jobs For Developmentally Disabled

A north suburban non-profit expands its warehouse space today…and with it…possibly more jobs for the disabled.

11/18/2015

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Utility Watchdog Warns About Alternative Gas Companies

With colder weather approaching, it’s time to think about heating your home.

11/18/2015

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Two Years Later, Recovery From Washington Tornado “An Unbelievable Blessing”

Two years to the day after a powerful tornado ravaged the central Illinois city of Washington, killing three, and destroying hundreds of homes, the city’s mayor said the recovery has been “remarkable.”

11/17/2015

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Alderman Slams Rauner For Calling For Halt In Syrian Refugees To Illinois

A Northwest Side alderman has accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of “fear-mongering,” after the governor proclaimed Illinois will temporarily stop accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

11/17/2015

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