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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, 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.

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!

Chicago Department of Transportation workers fill a pothole on a city street. (Credit: CBS)

Coming Thaw Will Keep Pothole Repair Crews Busy

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.


Oscar Statue

AMC Theatres Hosting Best Picture Showcase This Weekend

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.


Surveillance cameras mounted on a home in Humboldt Park.  (Photo Credit: CBS)

Hinsdale Police Creating Registry Of Homeowners With Surveillance Video Systems

The Hinsdale Police Department is looking for some *video* help from residents in solving future crimes.



Mom Pushes ‘Acts Of Kindness’ Day To Honor Daughter, Friend

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.


Illinois State Capitol

Chicago Workers, Retirees Head To Springfield To Protest Pension Reform

Chicago public employees and retirees have been descending on Springfield on Wednesday for a rally to protest the state’s new pension reform law.


Bagpipers march in the South Side Irish Parade on March 10, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Charity For Kids To Serve As Grand Marshals Of Irish Parade

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.


Smart phone user (CBS)

New Red Cross App Can Help Your Pet In Emergencies

There’s a new app on the market today and it’s designed to help your dog or cat in emergencies.



Damage From Potholes, Icy Roads A Boon For Car Repair Shops

Icy conditions Friday night and the explosion in the number of potholes throughout the weekend have made for some pretty busy auto repair places.



Severe Cold Forces Animals Indoors At Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo was closed today because of the frigid temperatures, reports WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya.


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Traffic Deaths On Illinois Roadways Increase In 2013

More people have already died on Illinois roads this year compared to the last couple of years.



Charity, Suburban School Play Santa For Chicago Students

More than 1,600 students at Hanson Park Elementary School are getting Christmas gifts from lists they sent along with letters to Santa.


Photo Of A Snarling Cougar. (Utah DNR Photo)

Police: Cougar Sighting In Glencoe Unsubstantiated

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.


The verdict is out on toning, or round-healed, shoes. (CBS)

Foot Doctors Offer Exams, Shoes To The Homeless

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.


Nanospheres Magnetic Desk Toys, which were recalled on January 31, 2013. (Credit: Illinois AG Shopping Guide)

Illinois Attorney General Madigan Releases Safe Shopping Guide

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.


(AP Graphic)

Mokena Couple Wants Schools To Go “Peanut Free”

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.

WBBM Newsradio–11/19/2013

A Chicago traffic scene. (CBS)

Triple A Urges Parents To Have Teens Practice Driving In Challenging Conditions

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.


(Photo by Ned Dishman/ Getty Images)

Air Hockey Championships Coming To Naperville This Weekend

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.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Group Wants Referendum Asking State For More Money To Treat Mentally Ill

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.


Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

New Lenox Mayor Urges Boycott Of Local Gas Stations

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.

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2013

Crews prepare to blast a hole in the Thornton Quarry, the final such explosion needed to turn the quarry into an 8 billion-gallon flood-relief reservoir by 2015. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Big Blast At Thornton Quarry To Help Relieve Flooding Problems

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.

WBBM Newsradio–09/23/2013