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.

Follow Nancy on Twitter @newsnance

Three months after his death, neighbors honor Streetwise vendor Dave Urban at his former Roscoe Village post.

Streetwise Vendor Memorialized in Roscoe Village

Three months after his death, neighbors honor Streetwise vendor Dave Urban at his former Roscoe Village post.


Ken Laforge (right) and John Domina (left), two of eight veterans who shared their stories of earning a Purple Heart as part of the Veterans History Project. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Purple Heart Veterans Share Stories For Library Of Congress

As the nation honors wounded and fallen military personnel for Purple Heart Day, several veterans sat down to retell their war stories so they can be recorded in the Library of Congress.


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Barbers Unite To Stop Violence In Englewood

It’s an unusual place to get a trim, but dozens of barbers set up shop in a park in Englewood on Sunday.


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Illinois Summer Camp Program Unites Jailed Moms With Their Children

The “Mom and Me Summer Camp” began 15 years ago at a downstate prison. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.


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Dold Proposes Fund To Reimburse Zion For Storing Nuclear Waste

An Illinois congressman has proposed legislation to compensate north suburban Zion for it years of storage of nuclear waste at a long-shuttered power plant.


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Park District Hopes Holiday Revelers Clean Up This Time

Cathy Breitenbach, director of cultural and natural resources at the Chicago Park District, said officials don’t want a repeat of Memorial Day.


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Chicago Students Take Healthy Meal Recipe To National Competition

No greasy pizza and tater tots there. High school students from the Southeast Side were in Washington, D.C., on Monday, are whipping up a healthy meal for a national culinary competition.


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Bronzeville Nuns Retire After Nearly A Century Of Service

Two Franciscan nuns retired Sunday, after nearly 100 combined years serving at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in the Bronzeville neighborhood.


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Park District Wins Gold Medal For Garden Shipped To Ireland

The Chicago Park District has won an international gardening competition, for its work on a project that has been shipped to Ireland.


Samuel Semere chased a deer into the parking garage where he works, hoping to save it. (courtesy: Samuel Semere)

Compassionate Attendant Steers Deer To Streeterville Parking Garage

Samuel Semere says he didn’t want the animal to be struck by a car. Animal control officials took the animal, which hopefully will be released into the wild.


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Rauner Presses Lawmakers To Reach ‘Grand Compromise’ On Budget

As state lawmakers head into the home stretch of the spring session, Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging them to approve a budget, along with pro-business reforms he has been seeking.


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Spring Half Marathon Draws 6,000 Runners To Lakefront

The Chicago Spring Half Marathon lived up to its billing with warm and sunny weather for the run along the lakefront Sunday morning.


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Thousands Walk Downtown On Mother’s Day In Annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

Grant Park was a sea of pink as thousands came out for the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Mother’s Day.



Protests Target Racism, Debt At Southern Illinois University

Several hundred Southern Illinois University protesters have rallied against student debt and racism following recent incidents including an anonymous video calling for violence against black students.


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After Getting Hundreds Of Birthday Cards, Young Chicago Boy Dies From Cancer

A Chicago boy who inspired hundreds to send him birthday cards as he battled cancer has died, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Chicago Police Officers Pay Tribute To Fallen Colleagues During Annual St. Jude Memorial March

Thousands of Chicago police officers gathered along the lakefront Sunday morning to pay tribute to their fallen colleagues in the 84th annual St. Jude Memorial March.


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City Marks Milestone For Chicago Microlending Institute

A city-run lending program for small businesses in Chicago is celebrating a milestone: it has made 250 loans.


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Weeks After Fire, Tenants Of West Side Building Still Can’t Return To Apartments

Three weeks after a fatal fire in their West Side apartment building some tenants are still trying to get back into their units, reports WBBM’S Nancy Harty.


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Robotic Future Of Room Service Is Nearly Here

Botlr the butler robot can bring towels, bottled water or a new toothbrush to your hotel room. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.


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Health Experts Recommend Dealing With Tax-Related Stress By Tackling Problem Head On

If you’re stressing out because there are only a few hours left to file your federal income tax returns, there are a couple of things you can do about it.




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