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.

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Police Find Car Believed To Be Connected To Willowbrook Home Invasion, Sexual Asssault

Police are searching a car found in the western suburbs Sunday night that’s believed to be connected to a violent attack on a woman in Willowbrook Saturday, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel finishes the Chicago Triathlon. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Thousands Run, Bike And Swim Downtown For Chicago Triathlon

The lakefront downtown this morning was awash in wetsuits and spandex as an estimated seven thousand athletes participated in the Chicago Triathlon.



AT&T Launches New Program To Help Parents, Kids Deal With Cyberbullying

AT&T’s new “Digital You” program aims to instruct people how to avoid trolls and bullies online.


WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward (Credit: WDBJ)

Killing Of Two Journalists In Virginia A Reminder Of Dangers Of Contentious Firings

Today’s killing of a Virginia reporter and cameraman on live tv allegedly by a former co-worker reminds us of the dangers that go along with contentious firings.


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Federal Judge To Decide Whether Chicago Cops Get Overtime Pay For Checking Email

It’s now up to a federal judge to decide whether Chicago police officers will get paid overtime for answering calls, emails and texts on their department-issued smartphones when they’re off duty, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Defective Illinois License Plates Still On The Road A Decade After Problem Discovered

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office identified the manufacturer’s problem with the reflective coating in January of 2004.


Tamara Sword with her five children. (Credit: Andrew Holmes.)

Andrew Holmes Pleads For Help Solving Daughter’s Murder At Indianapolis Gas Station

Family members and friends returned this morning to the Indianapolis gas station where the daughter of a Chicago anti-violence activist was killed early yesterday, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Chicago firefighters wrapping up 2 alarm fire at an apartment building in Edgewater. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Three Hospitalized After Fire At Edgewater Apartment Building

Three people were taken to hospitals after an extra-alarm fire Sunday morning in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side.


The unusual paint job is getting a lot of attention, neighbors say. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Unusual Paint Job On Glen Ellyn Home Draws Attention To Spat Between Neighbors

Cars are driving slowly down Longfellow Avenue as drivers take in and take pictures of the bright orange, yellow and purple stripes that now adorn one side of a home.


Lucky Lab Rescue president Katherine Martin holds Somung, a paralyzed puppy rescued from South Korea. (Credit: Lucky Lab Rescue/Facebook)

Four Dogs Rescued From Korean Meat Trade Arrive In Chicago

Staffers for Lucky Lab Rescue picked up two females and two males – Labrador mixes and one partially paralyzed mutt – at O’hare that were part of the meat trade in South Korea.


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Retiring Chicago Cop Not Done Making City Safe

After 23 years with the Chicago police department, Officer Richard Wooten retires today, but he says he’s not done working to make the city safer.


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Gary Police Arrest Woman After Fake ‘Officer Down’ Went Out Over Police Radio

Gary police arrested a woman early this morning for what they’re calling a very disturbing crime.


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Lawmakers Push To Create Elected School Board In Chicago

A group of Chicago Democrats in the state legislature is pushing for voters to decide who serves on the school board. Not the mayor.


Portions of this community garden in Ravenswood was damaged by weed killer. (CBS)

Railroad Kills Ravenswood Gardens By Mistake

Urban gardeners are getting an apology after their landlord accidentally destroyed some of their crop in Chicago’s North Center.


Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Retired State Employees Contacted By Rauner Administration About Working In Event Of A Strike

WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports their union says that doesn’t bode well for contract talks.


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Parent Says Ousted Senn Principal Discouraged Her From Sending Special Needs Son To School

The principal of a Chicago public high school credited with a resurgence has resigned amid an investigation. WBBM’s Nancy Harty talked with a parent who says she experienced some of what allegedly led to the principal’s ouster.


The charity ride went from Area 4 Police Headquarters on the West Side to the Gold Star Families Memorial in the Museum Campus.  (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Hundreds Of Motorcyclists Take Part In Ride To Remember Fallen Officers

Hundreds of motorcycle riders came out Sunday morning for the 11th annual Ride to Remember honoring fallen Chicago police officers, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Authorities investigate after a double homicide in Humboldt Park early Sunday. | Network Video Productions

2 Killed, 1 Wounded In Humboldt Park Shooting

Two men were killed and a woman was hurt in a shooting early Sunday in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood.


Jerry Mahaffey (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

No Decision From Torture Commission On Mahaffey Case

Relatives of a Chicago couple murdered decades ago will have to wait even longer to find out if the man convicted of the killings will have his case retried.


Surveillance image of the suspect in the attempted abduction on Juiy 2. (Source: Aurora Police)

Aurora Police Release Photo, Sketch Of Suspects In Two Attempted Abductions

Aurora police are looking for two men wanted for attempted abductions of teen girls in separate incidents this month, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.