Jamie Sotonoff

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Jamie Sotonoff joined the Daily Herald in 1997 and now works part-time as a general assignment metro reporter, specializing in suburban lifestyle and trend stories. She also is a fill-in editor and co-writes the weekly “Suburbs to Showbiz” column with movie critic Dann Gire.

A graduate of Maine East High School and Indiana University, Sotonoff started her journalism career as a reporter for Pioneer Press.

The Daily Herald hired Sotonoff as a city news reporter. She went on to work as a features writer, a fashion columnist, a Reflejos and Neighbor editor, and an arts critic, reviewing movies, restaurants, concerts and theater.

During her career, Sotonoff has reported on many of the suburbs' biggest news stories, including the Brown's Chicken murders, the NIU shootings, and the Tylenol poisonings investigation. She's won dozens of awards for her work, including two Peter Lisagor Awards and numerous awards from the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association and the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.

Sotonoff has interviewed many celebrities -- Tom Cruise, Joan Rivers, Joel Osteen and Ringo Starr, to name a few -- but says stories about real people have had the most profound impact on her.

Sotonoff lives in the Northwest suburbs with her husband and two children, and her hobbies include travel, music, exploring Chicago and having fun with family and friends.

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Apr 26 2017 | 6:24 pm - After a successful surgery in a Park Ridge hospital, Dominique, the African baby born with four legs and two spines, has returned home.

Married 69 years, couple die 40 minutes apart, holding hands

Apr 25 2017 | 6:00 am - Isaac and Teresa Vatkin, married 69 years, were inseparable — including their final minutes when they held hands as death approached.

Youth leagues’ costs rise as bad coach, fan behavior contributes to umpire shortage

Apr 22 2017 | 4:16 pm - Suburban baseball leagues are paying more for umpires because badly behaved coaches and parents have driven people — especially teens — away from the job.

Food Network’s ‘Sandwich King’ cherishes life in the suburbs

Apr 18 2017 | 2:09 pm - How Food Network star and Chicago restaurant owner Jeff Mauro, of River Forest, went from working in a suburban deli to being a celebrity chef.

What food scares Food Network star Jeff Mauro?

Apr 17 2017 | 11:21 pm - What food scares Food Network star Jeff Mauro?

Ed Asner comes to Barrington to perform ... prostate comedy?!

Apr 10 2017 | 10:18 am - Actor and comedian Ed Asner will make a rare small-venue appearance at a Barrington retirement community next month, where he'll perform his one-man comedy show, “A Man and His Prostate.”

Finger, Stanton win seats on College of Lake County board

Apr 04 2017 | 11:19 pm - A Gurnee lawyer and a Grayslake superintendent have won seats on the College of Lake County board.

Wauconda voters want Iraq, Afghanistan vets honored at Sept. 11 memorial

Apr 04 2017 | 10:19 pm - In an advisory referendum, Wauconda voters supported the addition of storyboards on the global war on terrorism, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the village’s Heroes of Freedom Memorial.

Inverness filmmaker is no fan of Michael Bay

Apr 04 2017 | 7:36 am - Former Inverness resident Tom Bruno Jr. says he usually enjoys working on movies with the many people he meets. But not that guy.

DeSimone wins tight race for Bensenville mayor

Apr 04 2017 | 11:51 pm - Frank DeSimone was elected the new mayor of Bensenville Tuesday night, and the slate of trustee candidates he ran with were also elected.

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