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!

Ruiz family in Cuba, before moving to the United State (Credit: Maria Ruiz)

Family Who Once Lived In Cuba Reacts To Passing Of Fidel Castro

The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in the past week has re-kindled all kinds of emotions in the people who once called Cuba “home”.


Assorted cash. (Marissa Villarrubia/InstaGram)

Critics Of Illinois Forfeiture Law Push Reforms

The government should have to file charges against suspects before being able to take cash, cars and other property from them, critics say. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.


A 69-foot Norwegian spruce from Bill Scholla's yard in Wauconda was selected as the city of Chicago's official Christmas tree for 2016. (Source: City of Chicago)

City Picks Millennium Park Christmas Tree For 2016

Chicago’s official Christmas tree was cut down Thursday morning from between a couple of houses in northwest suburban Wauconda.


Orland Park village hall Cubs sign (WBBM/Bernie Tafoya)

Orland Park Village Hall Shows Cubs Support

Southwest suburban Orland Park may be mostly White Sox territory, with its mayor being a lifelong White Sox fan, but Orland Park is feeling the Cubs love this week.


Images created through a process called DNA phenotyping reveal what the parents of "Baby Hope" might look like. (Credit: DuPage County sheriff’s office)

Tests Help Sheriff Determine What Baby Hopes Parents Might Look Like

The search for the parents of an abandoned infant found dead in Wheaton two months ago has taken a high-tech turn.


Rush University Medical Center will soon begin operating this Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit to more quickly diagnose and begin treatment of strokes. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Rush University Medical Center Unveils Specialized Stroke Ambulance

The specialized ambulance has a CT scan machine and anti-stroke medications inside. That allows a stroke diagnosis on-the-scene and treatment to begin right away.


Germany Invests Heavily In Alternative Energy Production

Attorney General Warns Residents About Alternative Energy Scams

Illinois’ attorney general was out warning South Side residents about the unscrupulous practices of some alternative energy companies that scam people into signing up with them.


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Loyola Plans “Big Saves” Reunion For Former Trauma Center Patients

A Loyola University Medical Center spokeswoman said those invited to the “Big Saves” reunion have “cheated death” and are in an elite club they never would have wanted to be in.


A van burns in the 3100 block of South Harding on Sept. 2, 2016. Two bodies were found inside after the fire was extinguished. (Source: Angel Perea)

Deaths Of Two Found In Burning Minivan Ruled Accidental

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said autopsies have determined 65-year-old Jose Suarez and an unidentified man died of smoke inhalation and alcohol intoxication.


Kevin, Mueller, the owner of Bow Tied Wood | Bernie Tafoya

Made In Chicago: Bow-Tied Wood

WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya takes you inside the world of Bow Tied Wood, a home-based company that makes wooden bow ties.


Moultrie County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Braden (left) made good on a bet with DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas (right) by doing his job for a day after the Cubs beat the Cardinals for the NL Central title. (Credit: DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk's Office)

Cubs-Cardinals Bet Doesn’t Pay Off For Downstate Court Clerk

Early in the season, Moultrie County Circuit Court Clerk Cindy Braden bet DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Kachiroubas the Cardinals would beat the Cubs for the National League Central title.

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Authorities on the scene of a death investigation in unincorporated Wheaton, where an abandoned baby was found dead. (CBS)

“Baby Hope” Laid To Rest In Wheaton; Authorities Still Seek Parents

DuPage County officials say they are not giving up trying to find the parents of an infant found dead along a Wheaton road last month.


Sean Cheker (left) and Clayton Irons (right), both Army veterans suffering from PTSD, have been paired with service dogs, Rio and Major, provided by the non-profit K9 For Veteran Warriors. (Source: Facebook)

Army Veterans “Stoked” To Get Service Dogs To Help Cope With PTSD

Two veterans struggling to deal with life after the military have received some help in the form of service dogs.


A worker attaches a radio transmitter to a turtle's shell, before the animal is released near Wampum Lake in Thornton. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Conservationists Trying To Help Turtles Thrive In Forest Preserve

Radio transmitters with long antennae were attached to a dozen turtles on Friday and the turtles were then released into a south suburban forest preserve where it’s hoped they’ll produce more turtles.


Wrigley Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wrigley Field Buzzing With The Chicago Cubs’ Clinch Possibility

Wrigley Field will be a buzz Thursday night, as the Chicago Cubs have the chance to clinch their division championship with a win.


Crews begin cleanup and damage assessment at Grant Park on Aug. 1, 2016, a day after Lollapalooza wrapped up its four-day music festival.(Credit: CBS)

Cost To Fix Grant Park After Lollapalooza Nearly Doubles This Year

The Chicago Park District said it cost $453,000 to get Grant Park back into shape after Lollapalooza at the end of July, compared to about $236,000 last year.


(Source: Beltman/Garry Moore)

Unconventional Superhero Taking On Archenemy: Saggy Pants

A new kind of “superhero” was visiting Chicago on Friday. His mission? To get young men, especially, to pull up their pants and stop showing their underwear as they walk or stand in public.


First responders train for railroad hazmat situation.  | Bernie Tafoya

First Responders Participate In Railroad Hazmat Drill

Downers Grove first responders participated Wednesday in a railway hazardous chemical emergency response drill.


Robert Wilson, left; his mother, Patricia Wilson (DeKalb County Sheriff Department)

Sycamore Mayor Calls Double Homicide ‘A True Mystery’

It’s been two weeks since the bodies of an elderly woman and her son were found on the outskirts of the tiny city of Sycamore, and it’s still very much on the minds of people there.


Archbishop Blase Cupich talks with altar servers before the first all-school mass at Pope Francis Global Academy.  (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Cupich Celebrates Opening Of New Pope Francis Global Academy

Archbishop Blase Cupich celebrated Mass on Monday at Pope Francis Global Academy, a new school created by consolidating four Northwest Side schools.




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