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.

Portrait of American journalist, suffragist and Progressive activist Ida B. Wells (Photo by R. Gates/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Bronzeville Residents Want To Build Monument To Ida B. Wells

Activists hoping to erect a monument to civil rights pioneer and suffragette Ida B. Wells have raised more than $2,400 through a crowdfuding effort, hoping to build a statue at the former public housing site that once bore her name.


Ed Debevic's wait staff, known for their wild outfits and insulting comments to customers, made the River North diner a popular attraction for tourists. (Credit: Ed Debevic's/Facebook)

Ed Debevic’s Closes River North Diner, To Reopen At New Site In Spring

The 1950s-style diner has been a staple for Chicago tourists, who get a kick out of the servers’ snarky comments as they serve up burgers, fries, and milkshakes.


Grace Episcopal in the South Loop held a pet blessing in a park across the street.  (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Chicago Church-Goers Bring Pets Along For Annual Blessing

There was some wagging and barking and maybe even some drooling at some local church services today.


Runners compete during the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12, 2014. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Thousands Of Chicago Marathon Runners Are Raising Millions For Charity

Ten thousand of the 45,000 runners registered for the marathon are charity runners, raising funds for 190 causes across the city, state and globe. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.


Cook County Jail

Prisoners’ Rights Group Hopes New IDOC Director Tackles Overcrowding, Treatment Of Mentally Ill

The head of a prisoners’ rights group weighs in on the revolving door at the Illinois Department of Corrections, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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SNAP President Says ‘Lofty Words’ From Pope Francis On Priest Sex Abuse Not Enough

(CBS) — Pope Francis’ pledge to protect children from sexual abuse by priests and to hold accountable those responsible did not win over the head of a local survivors group. The pope talking with sex […]


2015 Chicago Half Marathon. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Run Along Lakefront For Chicago Half Marathon

The Chicago Marathon is still two weeks away, but thousands of runners raced along the southern part Lake Shore Drive Sunday morning, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Crystal Lake South High School Bleachers

Crystal Lake South Loses Court Battle; Bleachers Must Come Down

Crystal Lake South High School must tear down the 55-foot-tall bleachers it built on the west side of its football field, after the Illinois Supreme Court sided with the neighbors in a dispute over whether the district needed permits for the structure.


Auditions for the final performances of Robert Joffrey's version of "The Nutcracker" are held at the Joffrey Ballet's studio in the Loop. (Credit: Nancy Harty/WBBM)

Dozens Audition For Final Performances Of Robert Joffrey’s Nutcracker

Dancers waited nervously at the ballet company’s Loop studios as others performed in front of staff – girls wearing black leotards and white tights, and boys also dressed in black and white.



Fund Used To Pay McHenry County Jurors Running Low After Pay Hike

A pay hike for jurors leaves McHenry County scrambling to cover costs. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports the county board is slated to vote Tuesday night on transferring funds.


Protective Body Armor

1,200 Chicago Police Officers Getting New Donated Bulletproof Vests This Week

More Chicago police officers are getting new bulletproof vests today, thanks to donations from a non-profit.


Parade watchers at the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Little Vilalge. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Mexican Independence Day Parade Marches Through Little Village

Organizers had beautiful weather for Chicago’s 46th annual Mexican Independence Day Parade through Little Village on Sunday, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


Kids get free haircuts  at the 6th District Police Station before heading back to school

Kids Get Free Back To School Haircuts At Chicago Police Station

Nothing says back to school like a new haircut and school supplies. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports some kids in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood got them Sunday, but not where you’d think.


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

Funeral Service Held For Daughter Of Community Activist Andrew Holmes

Friends and family gathered to pay respects and say goodbye to the daughter of anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


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Chicago Man Charged In Dog-Fighting Operation

A South Side man is expected to appear in bond court today on dog fighting charges, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


(Credit: Willowbrook Police)

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.


Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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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