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.

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Thanks for listening!

Mother, Baby Rescued After Driving Into Kishwaukee River

Two Belvedere police officers are credited with saving the lives of a woman and her one-year-old baby after their car went into the river.


Park Forest Police Department Created A ‘Mean Tweets’ Video

The Park Forest Police Department decided to do its own take on comic Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets’ segments.


Indiana Tow Truck Firms Compete For Contracts After Bribery Scandal

Twenty-three tow truck companies applied to receive work from the county after the sheriff’s bribery scandal opened up the process.


Minnesota Police Shoot And Kill Waukegan Man

St. Paul police shot and killed Cordale Quinn Handy, 29, after responding to a domestic violence situation.


One Year Later, Wounded Park Forest Cop “Improving Every Day”

Sunday marks the one-year anniversary since a south suburban police officer was shot and critically wounded, and Officer Tim Jones is still very much on the minds of the community.


With Construction Rebounding, Sprinkler Fitters Seek New Apprentices

Hundreds of people hungry for good-paying jobs stood outside in the cold for hours in in southwest suburban Countryside on Tuesday in order to apply to become sprinkler-fitter apprentices.


Darien Police Warn Of Car Break-Ins, Thefts At Day Care Centers

Police say it’s unclear if any connections exist between the smash and grabs that happened outside day care centers in the western suburbs.


DuPage County May Start Killing Mosquitoes In Forest Preserves

With West Nile virus being a possibility, the Forest Preserve in the county plans to spray adulticides in certain situations.


Foxx Blames Alvarez For Mistake That Led To Murder Suspect’s Death

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx blamed her predecessor Anita Alvarez for an error that freed Kamari Belmont, who was then killed near county jail.


Chicago Wants To Demolish Squalid Home Where 9 Kids Were Found

City lawyers are heading to court Thursday afternoon to seek a demolition order for a two-story home in the 900 block of West 59th Street.


Stolen Rare Coins Up For Auction

A few hundred thousand dollars in stolen coins and jewelry is up for auction at a coin shop in Gurnee.


New Suspected, Probable Mumps Cases In Northwest Suburbs

Officials say there are now 34 confirmed, suspected and probable mumps cases in the Northwestern suburbs.


Durbin: ‘Trump Tweets Are An Effort To Distract From Real Issues’

Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation weigh in on Trump’s tweets accusing Obama of having Trump Tower wiretapped.


Roller Hockey Possibly Coming To Grant Park

A hockey league that played on a patch of asphalt in North Avenue Beach for roughly 20 years may be coming to Grant Park.

CBS Chicago–03/06/2017

Man Cleared Of Double Murder Takes Cops, Prosecutors To Trial

Deon Patrick has sued the city, seven Chicago police officers and two Cook County prosecutors over his conviction for the slayings of Jeffrey Lassiter and Sharon Haugabook. He spent two decades in prison before Cook County prosecutors dismissed the murder charges against him in 2014.


Fairdale Had Similar Tornado To Ottawa-Naplate Area, And Recovered

As people in the Ottawa-Naplate area try to recover from the recent tornado, they might benefit from talking to Fairdale residents.


CPS Latino Advisory Committee Resigns Over School Budget Cuts

CPS Latino Advisory Committee chairman Jose Rico said his committee’s recommendations have fallen on deaf ears at the board, and that schools with mostly Latino students have the least amount of money spent on them.


New American Writers Museum Set To Open In May

First-of-its-kind, the American Writers Museum will open on May 16th, located along Chicago’s Cultural Mile.


Increase In Chicago Pedestrian Deaths

44 pedestrians were killed in the city in 2016, up 26 percent from 2014, which is raising concerns for city officials.


Joliet Throws Hat Into Ring As Possible Caterpillar HQ

The construction machinery and equipment company announced plans to relocate its top executives. It hasn’t indicated whether its moving to Chicago or to the suburbs.




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