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.

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!

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Booming Demand For TSA PreCheck In Wake Of Long Waits At Airports

If pictures of long security checkpoint lines at O’Hare and Midway airports have you a bit nervous about an upcoming flight, you might want to do what many people are doing and enroll in TSA’s PreCheck program.


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Retired Navy Veteran Donning Cap And Gown At NIU 63 Years Later

An 85-year-old Korean War veteran is reliving his college years this week at Northern Illinois University, and will experience something very special on Saturday.


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Oak Park Looking Into Possible Eisenhower Expressway Deck

Oak Park might be gaining some new open space for its residents in the coming few years, but the question is: at what cost?


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Sheriff Looking Into Mass Sick Calls Behind Mother’s Day Lockdown At Cook County Jail

A lockdown was lifted at Cook County jail on Monday, a day after a huge wave of sick day call-ins on Mother’s Day, and Sheriff Tom Dart said he’s trying to determine if any of those who missed work should be disciplined.


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Memorial Service Pays Tribute To Cook County’s Fallen Police Officers

A couple hundred people gathered in a west suburban forest preserve Monday morning to remember police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in Cook County.


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Audubon International Wants DuPage County Golfers To Find Different Birdies

This year’s Audubon International BioBlitz targets golf courses, and asks golfers to mark down or take pictures of wildlife and plants they see during their rounds.


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SE Side Residents Say Petcoke Settlements Not Enough

Southeast Side activists say the air seems to be a bit cleaner these days, but they still want to see out of their communities, companies that deal with the gritty petroleum byproduct known as petcoke.


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City Meets With Homeless, Advocates In Uptown On New Program Designed To Provide Permanent Housing

City officials, advocates for the homeless, North Side residents and the homeless met today about a pilot program designed to provide permanent housing and services to dozens of homeless people.


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Lawmaker Wants To Erase Word “Alien” From State Law

An Illinois state senator has proposed eliminating the word alien from state laws when referring to people from other countries.


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Carpentersville Man Reels In Huge Muskie On Fox River

A day out fishing along the Fox River turned out to be well worth it for a Carpentersville man this week.


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Balmoral, Maywood Park Race Tracks To Auction Off Assets

Grandstand seats, televisions, starter cars, and sulkies are among thousands of items up for auction at Maywood Park in Melrose Park and Balmoral Park in Crete.


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Englewood Students Praise AmeriCorps City Year Workers During Visit By Senator Dick Durbin

Students at a high school in the Englewood neighborhood told Senator Dick Durbin today how much help they get in life and school from AmeriCorps City Year service workers.


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Will County Set To Host Summit On Heroin Crisis

With Will County headed towards possibly breaking a dubious record, officials were set to host an annual summit to tackle the deadly heroin epidemic.


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Oregon Testing Out Vehicle Mileage Tax

The idea of the state of Illinois imposing a mileage tax on vehicles in place of the current gasoline tax was met with big opposition last week and the idea was dropped. But one state is already trying it.


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Rain Barrels Could Become Mosquito Breeding Grounds If Not Installed Properly, Expert Warns

Rain barrels have become popular in the Chicago area to save money on water bills when watering lawns and gardens but an expert warns that, if not installed properly or taken care of, could become mosquito breeding grounds.


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Police Ask Adults To Be More Alert To Signs Of Child Abuse And Neglect

The Aurora Police Department has urged residents to be more aware of the signs of child abuse, and not to fear calling police to check out any suspicions.


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Chicago Cops Honored For Saving Fellow Officers

Seven police officers were honored Wednesday by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, for saving the lives of two fellow cops by using automated external defibrillators and CPR.


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Honor Flight Chicago Launches Inaugural D.C. Trip For Korean War Veterans

More than 60 Korean War veterans received a special treat Wednesday, when they joined 40 World War II veterans on a free trip to Washington, D.C.


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Englewood Students March To “Make The Violence Stop”

Students from the Englewood neighborhood raised their voices loud and clear Tuesday morning as they staged a peace march through their community.


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Students To Present Plans To Redevelop Vacant Englewood Site

Students from nine Midwestern universities will be competing Saturday for a chance to have an impact on one of the neediest neighborhoods in Chicago.




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