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Nancy Harty

harty Nancy HartyI was a fan of WBBM Newsradio 780 long before joining the staff as a reporter in January, 2006.

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, graduated from the University of Illinoisat Urbana-Champaign and earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

I worked at the Illinois Radio Network for a number of years, where I covered stories on pretty much any subject of interest to the entire state. That includes a trip to Cuba with a delegation from Illinois, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, and the beginning of Governor Ryan’s corruption trial.

I live on the north side of Chicago with my husband and son.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: (FILES)This undated file photo shows US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York. Robinson has been chosen to receive posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a US civilian, 02 March 2005, for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, as well as "his lifetime of breaking down barriers and his unending fight for justice," officials on Capitol Hill said in an earlier press release. US Senator John Kerry and US Representative Richard Neal, who co-sponsored legislation honoring Robinson, will be joined by the ballplayer's widow Rachel Robinson, US President George W. Bush and congressional leaders at the ceremony. Robinson broke baseball's "color line", becoming the first African American to play in the Major Leagues when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Officials in Congress said however that he is also being honored for his contributions to the broader struggle for civil rights.

Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams Speak To High Schoolers About Jackie Robinson

White Sox executives spoke to some Chicago high school athletes about bringing change as part of Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

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21 of the 22 Nazi leaders accused of crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity during the World War II listen to the prosecution 01 October 1946 at the Nuremberg court. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Last Surviving Nuremburg Trials Prosecutor To Talk With Chicago Law Students

The last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials will be in Chicago Monday, telling law students how to avoid future wars, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Cardinal George Delivers Palm Sunday Mass

The pews were full at Holy Name Cathedral this morning for what’s likely Cardinal George’s last Palm Sunday mass as Chicago’s archbishop.


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House Panel OKs Measure Requiring Workplace Protections For Pregnant Women

A proposal in Springfield aims to protect pregnant women in Illinois against workplace discrimination.


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Elections Begin For Chicago Local School Councils

It’s election day in Chicago Monday. Not for mayor or alderman, but for a group of lesser-known people who can have a big impact on how public schools are run.


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Northwestern Medicine Marks 50th Anniversary Of First Organ Transplant

It’s an anniversary a lot of them didn’t expect to live to see. Organ recipients gathered this morning in Rosemont to mark 50 years since Northwestern Medicine’s first transplant.


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Police Officer Rescues Teens From Des Plaines River

A west suburban police officer rescued some teens from an overturned canoe last week.


U.S. Olympic champion Jesse Owens powers his way at the start of the 200m event, that he won during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, where he captured four gold medals. (Photo credit CORR/AFP/Getty Images)

After School Closing, Jesse Owens Honored With Name On Different Building

After Jess Owens Community Academy in West Pullman was closed last summer, relatives of the Olympic Gold Medalist were disappointed to see his name torn off the building.


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City Wants Cubs, Sox Fans To Be Ready For Changes In 2014

Opening Day is next week for the White Sox and the Cubs, so Chicago police and each team’s alderman were reaching out to fans Friday to prepare them for a few changes in store this year.


Immigrant rights activist Elvira Arellano, a Mexican immigrant, stands with her son Saul at a press conference inside the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago on Aug. 15, 2007. Arellano took refuge in the church for a year after she was ordered to report to the U.S. immigration office to face deportation. She eventually left the church to lobby Congress for immigration reform, and was deported. (Credit:  JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Immigration Activist Arellano Returns To Chicago

The Mexican activist who holed up in a Chicago church for a year to protest her deportation is returning to the city.


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Argonne Building To Host Research On Green Energy

Research on solar and other environmentally-friendly energy sources will have a new home at Argonne National Labs, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Spokesman For U.S. Senate Candidate Hit In Head By Falling Ice

Another signal that spring is approaching – the thawing of Chicago skyscrapers means ice falling downtown.


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School Bus Driver Suffers Heart Attack In Prospect Heights

At the end of the day on Monday, students at two elementary schools in Prospect Heights were boarding their buses to go home when an aide on one of the buses noticed the driver, Chuck Fedarj, wasn’t in his seat.


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Healthy Children Convention To Take Place This Weekend In Rosemont

If you’ve got a question about your child’s health, you have an alternative this weekend instead of heading to the doctor’s office, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


A black coffin pays tribute to the protesters that have died in Ukraine. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Local Ukrainians Protest Outside Chicago Consulate

Protesters gathered once again in front of the Ukrainian consulate in Chicago this afternoon.



Salvation Army Hosts Sober Super Bowl Party

It’s one Super Bowl party where everyone could be the designated driver. WBBM’s Nancy Harty explains.


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Uptown Parade Celebrates Chinese New Year

Dozens of people gathered in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood this afternoon for a parade celebrating the Chinese New Year.


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Uncle Fun Closes Doors For Good On Sunday

A Chicago store that supplied kitsch and smiles for 25 years is closing its doors for good Sunday at 5 p.m., reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Durbin Discusses Violence With Chicago Teens

Senator Dick Durbin met with Chicago teens this morning to learn more about the violence that’s plaguing many of their south and west side neighborhoods.


Ray and Leila Villar are greeted by family at O'Hare. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Return To Chicago

Survivors of the typhoon in the Philippines and longtime residents of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood returned home Monday.