Regine Schlesinger

schlessinger250 Regine SchlesingerHi! 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.

Ron Bliwas, left, and Dan Gelford, right. (Credit: Personal History Interviews Facebook Page)

Made In Chicago: Personal History Interviews

Ron Bliwas partnered with another Shoah Foundation veteran, videographer Dan Gelfond and they formed the company, Personal History Interviews.


Volunteers Collecting Goods For “Really, Really Free Market” In Plainfield

Volunteers in Plainfield are getting ready for what amounts to a huge garage sale, but WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports it’s one where everything is free for the taking.


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Joliet Helps Keep Penny Parking Alive And Well In Sycamore

Far west suburban Sycamore is one of the few places left where a penny still buys you a legal parking space, but Sycamore Police parking enforcement officer Giovanni Serra said it’s getting harder to maintain their penny parking meters.


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Animal Hospital Program Offers Kids Hands-On Experience In Pet Care

A Chicago animal hospital is looking for children who’d like to learn more about pet care, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Frank Lloyd Wright Farmhouse In Kane County Aims For Landmark Status

A family that owns a Kane County farmhouse, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is pushing for it to be registered as a national landmark.


Ryan Weber and Paul Schulz. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Made In Chicago: Next Level Sailing

If you’ve always dreamed of sailing in the America’s Cup yacht race, now you can get a taste of it out on Lake Michigan, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger with Made in Chicago.



A Bar Mitzvah Delayed, But Not Denied, After 75 Years

SKOKIE (CBS) — A celebration that was delayed for 75 years, finally took place last week in Skokie. In 1939, as Mitchell Winthrop was about to turn 13, the Nazis invaded his native Poland. He […]


Blackhawks game at the United Center. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Fan Hasn’t Missed A Home Game Since 1966

Through all the ups and downs over the past 49 years, Bob Gertenrich has been in his seat for every Blackhawks home game since 1966. Gertenrich, 68, said he’s pretty sure he holds the record, having attended every home game since he was 19.


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Safety Advocates Concerned About Rise In Train Deaths

Operation Lifesaver is trying to get out the message: you need to pay attention at train crossings.


The Chicago Blackhawks salute the crowd after defeating the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 in Game Six of the Western Conference Final .(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Economist Says Blackhawks’ Success Having Negligible Effect On Chicago’s Economy

Fans are celebrating the Blackhawks’ third trip to the Stanley Cup Final in six years, but, WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports a sports economist says the team’s success isn’t having any effect on Chicago’s economy.

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Chicago Area Gas Prices Inch Past $3 Per Gallon

For the first time this year, the average price of gas in the Chicago area has climbed to more than $3 per gallon.


The group demonstrated outside McCormick Place, which where the Natiional Restaurant Association show is taking place. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Small Group Of Workers Demonstrate Outside Restaurant Association Show

The demonstrators say the National Restaurant Association has been lobbying for years to thwart their efforts to organize and press for higher pay and benefits.


The video features Elijah Wilborn dealing with distractions, which come in the form of his friends wearing T-shirts. (Source: Youtube)

Mt. Carmel Student Wins National Safe Driving Video Contest

A teenager from Chicago is the winner of a nationwide video contest, aimed at promoting safe driving among teens, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Principal Agrees Students Aren’t Being Saved By The Bell

Huntley High School sophomore Kyle Ockerlund thought the new bell that ran in the middle of his AP chemistry class was disruptive, so he designed an experiment.


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Naperville Beauty Salon To Provide Free Service To Cancer Patients Once A Month

A beauty salon in the western suburbs cuts the ribbon tonight on a new program to help cancer patients look and feel their best, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Rauner Thrilled Obama Library, Lucas Museum Are Coming To Chicago

Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s doing his part to bring the Obama Library and the George Lucas Museum to Chicago, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Made In Chicago: Merit School Of Music

For decades, the non-profit Merit School of Music in the West Loop has been training the most promising musical prodigies in the city.


Andy Land. (Source: Family Photo)

Chicago Woman Eager For Son To Return From Mt. Everest Climb

Chicago woman whose son survived the earthquake and avalanche in Nepal, says she can’t wait for him to come home, but, WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports it looks as though that could take some time.


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Cause Of Fire That Destroyed Barrington Hills Mansion Still Undetermined

A suburban fire chief says investigators are still working to determine the cause of an extra-alarm fire that destroyed a Barrington Hills mansion over the weekend, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.


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Spring Weather Also Means Return Of Skunk Season

The smells of rain and fresh grass aren’t the only signs of spring. The strong aroma of skunk is frequently in the air.




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