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!
With temperatures expected to hit the 40s three of the next five days, city crews have begun gearing up to fill what will likely be a growing number of potholes.
If you haven’t seen any of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture yet, you can see all of them this weekend in Streeterville at a 24-hour movie marathon.
The Hinsdale Police Department is looking for some *video* help from residents in solving future crimes.
A far west suburban woman is staging another Random Act of Kindness Day in honor of her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend who were killed in a car accident three years ago tomorrow.
Chicago public employees and retirees have been descending on Springfield on Wednesday for a rally to protest the state’s new pension reform law.
With Chicago still stuck in the icy grip of Old Man Winter, plenty of thoughts have been turning to spring, none moreso than organizers of one of the first signs of the end of winter in the Windy City.
There’s a new app on the market today and it’s designed to help your dog or cat in emergencies.
Icy conditions Friday night and the explosion in the number of potholes throughout the weekend have made for some pretty busy auto repair places.
Brookfield Zoo was closed today because of the frigid temperatures, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.
More people have already died on Illinois roads this year compared to the last couple of years.
More than 1,600 students at Hanson Park Elementary School are getting Christmas gifts from lists they sent along with letters to Santa.
A possible cougar sighting was reported in north suburban Glencoe this week, but officials believe it may have been a bobcat known to frequent the area.
It’s important the homeless have good footwear since most of them are on the street all day because shelters are only open at night.
There are a number of toys, clothing and other items that safety experts want you to know are on sale and unsafe for children, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.
A southwest suburban school district will be asked tomorrow to make their campuses all “peanut free,” after one student had an allergic reaction that required paramedics to be called.
The Triple A is encouraging parents to help make their teenagers better prepared drivers by not making it so easy on them when out practice driving in real-life conditions.
A world championship competition is being held in the Chicago area over the next few days, and – believe it or not – you have a chance to take part in it.
A group of politicians, ministers and mental health experts stood on the Cook County Jail grounds this morning and proposed a referendum for the November 2014 ballot.
The mayor of southwest suburban New Lenox has had enough with high gas prices in his town, and he wants to do something about it.
The “last blast” on Monday at the Thornton Quarry, along I-80, was the first step toward using the big hole to help relieve flooding on the South Side and in the south suburbs.