Hi! My name’s Regine Schlesinger and if that rings a bell, it probably means you’ve been listening to WBBM for awhile. I joined Newsradio 780 back in 1973 just after I graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. My first job here was as a writer and producer. Six years later, I began appearing on-air as a reporter and anchor. I’ve been doing that ever since, bringing you the latest news that touches your life.
Over the years, I’ve covered virtually every type of story – from politics to pop trends; from labor strife to lifestyle issues; from health to human interest stories.
I was among the first reporters on the scene of the Loop flood in April, 1992 when the Chicago River literally sprang a leak and inundated the city’s underground freight tunnel system, forcing an evacuation of the entire downtown business area .
Along the way, there have been heart-breaking moments – the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in Chicago, the still-unsolved Tylenol killings and the death of Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, As part of an award-winning team of journalists here at WBBM, I’ve enjoyed a front-row seat to some of the most significant moments in the city’s history and I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as your eyes and ears at the events that affect your lives.
Homelessness and hunger rose slightly in Chicago in 2013, according to an annual survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Chicago was one of 25 cities surveyed about demand for emergency services.
The 25th annual survey by United Health Foundation, finds Illinois’ ranking unchanged from last year, but the Foundation’s Rhonda Randall said what’s troubling is physical activity among Illinoisans dropped 8 percent over the past year.
The Better Business Bureau is out with a warning of what it calls, “The Twelve Scams of Christmas.”
Child safety advocates said they’ve seen progress in recent years, but there’s still “Trouble in Toyland” this holiday season.
Every two years, the Chicago Women Charity Players put on a production as a fundraiser, designating the proceeds for a different charity each time. On Sunday night, they staged a production of “The Music Man.” After the play, someone stole a lockbox with $2,000 in cash, along with checks and credit card receipts.
A new study presented at a medical conference in Chicago today raises questions about how safe it is for teenagers to play high school football, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.
Motorists will continue to enjoy the lower prices at the gas pump.
It’s crunch time for the experts who staff the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, reports from WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.
The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy was in Chicago Thursday for an all-day conference on the topic of how we treat — or in many cases, fail to treat — mental illness.
Time to start cleaning out your basement of difficult-to-dispose-of junk.
A new coffee shop is brewing up opportunities for special-ed students in the western suburbs, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.
A Waukegan woman whose son has been battling sickle cell anemia all his life has teamed up with LifeSource to encourage more African-Americans to donate blood.
With polls showing a tight race, the two major candidates for governor of Illinois launched a whirlwind day of campaigning on Monday to fire up their voters on the eve of Election Day.
Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler said it’s prudent to know whose door your kids are knocking on, and make sure they’re accompanied by an adult. He expects a busy Halloween this Friday.
Illinois, New Jersey and New York have each implemented a mandatory 21-day quarantine for medical workers returning from West Africa and the ACLU’s Colleen Connell says those policies raise serious constitutional issues.
Levi Eirinberg will be on national TV starting next week, as he competes on the upcoming season of the reality show MasterChef Junior.
When you walk into Deb Kraemer’s shop and factory at Grand and Racine in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, you’re instantly greeted by a wonderful mix of aromas, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.
Several doctors and consumer advocates in Chicago on Thursday warned there’s a much bigger threat to Americans’ health than Ebola: drug-resistant bacteria.
Morton Grove is the latest Chicago suburb to join a national program that trains people to take a bite out of crime while they’re walking their dogs, WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports.
A Chicago man will be running his first marathon this weekend and he’s doing it in an unusual way, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.