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!

Grand Opening For New Youth Homeless Shelter In Chicago

Covenant House Illinois provides support services for homeless people in Chicago between the ages of 18 and 24, Tuesday through Saturday.


Forest Preserve District Set To Begin Danada Wetland Restoration

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will restore 21 acres of wetlands and 23 acres of prairie at Wheaton’s Danada Forest Preserve.


Lake County Sheriff Takes On Role Of A Corrections Officer

After several weeks of field officer training, Sheriff Mark Curran will work as a corrections officer to get a taste of life inside county jail.


Chicago Attorneys Team Up To Fight Trump Travel Ban

Nearly two dozen lawyers’ groups in the Chicago area have banded together in opposition to President Trump’s controversial travel ban.



Heroin-Related Overdose Deaths Increase In DuPage, Will County

There were 78 heroin-related overdose deaths in DuPage County last year, compared to 51 in 2015.


Cemetery Making Sure Civil War Vets Get Proper Memorials

For more than a decade, a cemetery on the Far South Side has been working to make sure buried Civil War veterans do not go forgotten.


Surveillance Cameras May Help Stop String Of Western Springs Break-Ins

Four home break-ins have happened in the western suburban community since Dec. and police may be on to those responsible.


Oak Forest Clarifies Council’s Written Question Policy

There is a new written policy for Oak Forest City Council meetings: All questions from the public must be put in writing.


Poll Shows Some Millennials Spend More On Coffee Than Retirement

According to Acorn’s Money Matters Report, about 41 percent of Millennials questioned said they spent more last year on lattes than on their retirement years.


Film Buffs Can Help Mark Cinematic Milestones At The Oak Lawn Library

On a Saturday every month, starting Jan. 14, “Cineversary” will honor a range of movies, starting with “Reservoir Dogs.”


Elgin VFW Selling Its Building, Will Try To Rebound Elsewhere

VFW Post 1307 will continue to exist, just in a different form and in a different place that hasn’t yet been determined. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.


Chicago Ridge Mall One Of The Nation’s Best For Getting Exercise: Survey has named Chicago Ridge Mall one of the top 10 best malls in the country for walking.


Cardinal Cupich: Parishes Will Work Together In 2017 To Help Steer Archdiocese

Blase Cupich is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.


Chicago Wants To Stop Bad Contractors From Starting Other Building Projects

City officials are proposing an ordinance that might have prevented last year’s line-of-duty death of a firefighter. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.


Skokie School Has False Threat After Altered Photo Shared On Instagram

A picture of a young person holding a gun, and altered along the way on social media, has caused a stir at a north suburban school district.


Corrections Department Shuts Down Roundhouse At Stateville Prison

Stateville Prison Warden Randy Pfister tells WBBM Newsradio 348 inmates have been moved out of the maximum-security F House since October.


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”.


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.


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 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.




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