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!

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If you’re preparing to fly to a Thanksgiving destination in the next few days, the Transportation Security Administration has some advice to make your trip easier.


Hines VA Hospital Hosts 1st Veterans Day Ceremony

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Oak Park Seeking Public Input On Plans To Streamline Parking Rules

Oak Park is planning to experiment with rules for overnight parking in a section of the village and residents will get to weigh in on the plan Thursday night.


‘SMILF’ Billboard Taken Down In Beverly

The name of a new cable TV show shocked a community on the Southwest Side and the alderman was able to get a billboard company to remove the advertisement this week.


Palos Park Police Officer To Live Stream Responses To 911 Calls

A southwest suburban police department will be trying something novel: streaming the police responses of one officer live on Facebook.


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East Dundee Village Administrator Jennifer Johnsen says residents have complained of a baby powder smell and a residue appearing on their property at times ever since Golden Plastics USA moved in to the old Haeger Potteries property nearly a year ago.


Elementary Students Collect Emergency Supplies To Send To Puerto Rico

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To try and get delivery back to normal in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Postal Service has asked employees across the country to volunteer for 30-day stints on the island.


License Of Schaumburg Psychiatrist Suspended

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All Cook County Sheriff’s Officers Wearing Body Cams

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Fourth Grader Pens Book On Cubs, Rizzo

The book is loosely based on Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and the ascent of the Chicago Cubs to the top of the baseball mountain last season.


Marine Killed In WWII In 1943 To Be Buried At Arlington Cemetery

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U Of C Professor Who Helped Confirm Einstein Theory Congratulates Nobel Winners

Daniel Holz worked on the LIGO project, which was used to detect gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes.


Indiana Beach Property Mark In Dispute

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