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.

The Farmer's Fridge vending machines are stocked with salads in reusable jars. (Credit: Farmer's Fridge)

Salad Vending Machines Serving Up Healthy Eating Options In Chicago

If you’re struggling with a New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, there are some vending machines in Chicago that can help, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

01/25/2015

The Vietnam War Memorial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. (Illinois Historic Preservation Agency)

State Could Add Memorial Near Lincoln Tomb

Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield is billed as the second most visited cemetery in the country and already has memorials for veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, in addition to Lincoln’s Tomb.

01/23/2015

This fossilized giant beaver tooth was found along the Kishwaukee River in McHenry County. (Credit: McHenry County Conservation District)

Fossilized Giant Beaver Tooth Found In McHenry County

A maintenance worker walking along the Kishwaukee River found the fossilized incisor just lying in some brush, according to McHenry County Conservation District spokeswoman Wendy Kummerer.

01/16/2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Lays Out Goals For Second Term

Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to make Cook County’s hospitals and health centers the place people want to go to for care, instead of have to go to, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

01/12/2015

A moment of silence following reading of names of those killed in France. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Chicago Rally Remembers Victims Of Paris Terror Spree

About 250 people gathered at Daley Plaza for a 60 minute show of solidarity with France, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty

01/11/2015

(Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

Documentary Tells Complicated Story Of Local Artist Peter Anton

A documentary playing at the Siskel Film Center Sunday afternoon aims to tell the complicated story of a prolific local artist.

01/11/2015

Dogwalker Becky Rutka with Nevillle, a chocolate labradoodle. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

For Dogwalkers, There’s No Avoiding Cold, Snow

One thing many Chicagoans don’t want to do in this weather is walk their dogs but if that’s what you do for a living, there’s no getting around the cold.

01/05/2015

Roger Ebert. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Director Steve James Aimed For “Candid Portrait” Of Roger Ebert In Documentary

Director Steve James says he didn’t have a hard time maintaining his objectivity, despite Ebert’s admiration for his previous work because they both wanted the same thing.

01/04/2015

83 people came out Sunday for the Eskimo Open at Coh Hill in Lemont. (Credit: Chris Poolitsan

Golfers Brave Cold Snow For Eskimo Open At Cog Hill

It may be snowing and cold but that does not mean it isn’t golfing weather. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports some braved the elements to play a round Sunday.

01/04/2015

Video from Wheeling squad car that hit and killed a man. The family attorney says the video cast doubt's on the officer's account. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Attorney Says Dash Cam Video Disputes Wheeling Police Officer’s Account Of Fatal Crash

The attorney for the family of a man struck and killed by a Wheeling police officer claims new video casts doubt on the officer’s version of events.

12/29/2014

Garcia accepting the endorsement of the ATU Local 308 union. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

CTA’s Largest Union Endorses Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia For Mayor

The CTA’s largest union has endorsed Jesus Chuy Garcia in the mayor’s race, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

12/28/2014

Pakistani-Americans protested the recent attack on a school by the Taliban. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Pakistani-Americans March Downtown To Protest Taliban Attack On School

Some members of Chicago’s Pakistani-American community came out to the loop today to protest the Taliban’s attack on a school in Pakistan earlier this month.

12/27/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Chicago Man In Prison For Two Decades Hopes For Clemency Request From Gov. Quinn

Among the thousands of people hoping for a Christmas present from Governor Quinn in the form of clemency is a Chicago man who’s been in prison for more than two decades, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

12/24/2014

Archbishop Blase Cupich accepts the crozier of former Cardinal Francis Mundelein at Holy Name Cathedral. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Archbishop Cupich Visits Sick Kids At Lurie Children’s Hospital

Chicago’s archbishop spent part of his Christmas Eve with sick children and their families who can’t be home for the holiday, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

12/24/2014

Aurora police gave out cards and Christmas presents instead of tickets. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Aurora, Gary Police Officers Give Out Toys Instead Of Tickets

Police officers in Aurora and Gary were giving out toys instead of tickets to some lucky drivers Tuesday afternoon.

12/23/2014

Inside Anderson's Coins and Collectibles in St. Charles. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

West Suburban Store Owner Offers Toys To Needy Families

A west-suburban businessman is doing his part to make sure kids in need have toys this Christmas, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

12/23/2014

Chicago Police vehicle. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Cops Spread Holiday Cheer With Heavy Hearts

Chicago police officers were spreading holiday cheer today to families in blue. But, as WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports, they did it with heavy hearts following the attack on two New York officers Saturday.

12/21/2014

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia announced he will challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2015 election.  (CBS)

Mayoral Candidate Chuy Garcia Calls For Moratorium On Red Light Camera Tickets

Opponents of Chicago’s red light cameras have a new ally – Mayoral Challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports he’s calling for them to stop issuing tickets.

12/21/2014

A bullet hole in the home of Juan Ortiz, who was killed on December 11. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Family Of Murdered Chicago Heights Man Canvasses Area For Information On Killer

More than a week after a Chicago Heights man was shot while doing dishes, police are still looking for who killed him. WBBM’S Nancy Harty reports, they got some help Saturday morning from the victim’s family.

12/20/2014

Christmas Without Cancer volunteers delivering gifts to the Ellis family. (Credit: Bill Figel, Figel Public Relations LLC)

Christmas Comes Early For Five-Year-Old Suburban Kid With Cancer

Christmas came early Sunday for a west suburban family gearing up for another round of cancer treatment for their five-year-old son.

12/14/2014

next