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!
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.
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.
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.
Metra says it’s instituting its alcohol ban on trains Thursday.
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.
Chicago Public Schools officials have decided to move away from zero-tolerance approaches to student discipline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A mom-and-pop hardware store that’s been around since the 1880s will soon be closing for good.
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.
More people will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year, and throughout the summer as well.
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.
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.
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.
A Plainfield trustee was blowing the whistle on a railroad practice in his village that he believes is unsafe.
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.