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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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.



Some West And Northwest Suburbs Now Using Texting-To-911 Service

Starting today, people who need emergency help in some west and northwest suburbs have a new tool at their disposal, but officials don’t want it to be used, for the most part.


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Whitney Young Chess Team Wins Fourth State Title In Six Years

There was a pep rally at one of the best public schools in Chicago this morning and it featured a team that, in most places, might not usually get top billing at a pep rally: the chess team.


Planning Agency Working On New Regional Study For Chicago Area

What will the Chicago area look like in the next decade? The regional agency responsible for coordinating dreams into reality is starting to put together a new plan, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.


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Student With Down Syndrome To Be First Queen Of Countryside St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Tori Reyes’ mother, Becki Reyes, said her 17-year-old daughter is honored and excited about being crowned Wednesday night at a ceremony at Countryside City Hall.


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Legislation Would Allow Remains Of Female WWII Pilots To Be Laid To Rest At Arlington

Seven members of Congress from Illinois have co-sponsored legislation to take care of the wishes of the few remaining women who carried out a special function during World War Two.


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Rev. Corey Brooks, Illinois Tollway Sponsoring Job Expo This Week

A key black minister who supported Governor Bruce Rauner’s election is hoping for a huge turnout Friday for a career opportunities expo at his church.


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Pancake Breakfast To Raise Money To Replace Outdated Police Vests

There’ll be a pancake breakfast fundraiser Sunday on the Southwest Side to help raise money to replace outdated bulletproof vests for Chicago police officers.


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Pilsen Catholic Church Slated For Consolidation Seeking To Stay A Full-Time Parish

Parishioners of a Catholic church visited by Pope John Paul II in 1979 are trying to convince Archbishop Blase Cupich their church should remain open as a full-time parish.


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Library Amnesty Program Nets Thousands Of Overdue Items

A two-week amnesty program for returning overdue books and other materials to the Chicago Public Library without a fine has proven to be a big success.


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Republicans Might Gamble On Delaying Scalia Successor Until 2017

An expert on the politics of the U.S. Supreme Court has said it will likely take until next year before the Senate approves any nominee to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.




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