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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Christian bands to rock Allstate Arena

Jan 27 2015 | 3:20 pm - Ten dollars for 10 big-name Christian music acts. And the numbers are just part of the draw of Winter Jam, a faith-based concert event Friday at Rosemont's Allstate Arena featuring Skillet, NewSong, Jeremy Camp and more.

Carpentersville skater's gold adds to suburban medal count

Jan 28 2015 | 10:26 am - Bradie Tennell, 16, of Carpentersville, won the junior ladies title and gold medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, one of 11 suburban figure skaters to win medals at nationals. That makes her the newest member of an elite group of champion...

Suburban man in Thursday night’s ‘Biggest Loser’ finale

Jan 29 2015 | 9:36 pm - A Bloomingdale man could win the title of “The Biggest Loser” tonight on NBC’s weight loss competition show, and if he does, he’ll become the fourth suburban winner in the show’s 16 seasons. Toma Dobrosavljevic,...

Park Ridge set designer succeeds with 'Untouchables,' John Hughes

Jan 27 2015 | 2:25 pm - Dan Clancy stepped on the 1920s set of “The Untouchables” as a production assistant and said, “I want to do this for the rest of my life.” So, he did. Today, Clancy works as a production designer after moving up through the...

Why a Lisle actor chose Chicago over Hollywood

Jan 26 2015 | 6:15 pm - While New York and Hollywood beckoned, actor Grant Stokes, a Lisle resident and Waubonsee Community College teacher, decided to stay in Chicago and play big roles in small movies. He's starring in several independent films this year, including...

Woodstock man makes kids' film to honor son who died at 10

Jan 13 2015 | 4:48 pm - Mason Parrish had barely turned 10 when he asked his dad, “When I grow up, can we make movies together?” Chris Parrish, a Woodstock native and graduate of Woodstock Community High School, replied, “Of course.” Three years...

Dog gone, it’s cold! Pets balk at the big chill, too

Jan 06 2015 | 11:27 pm - It’s so cold, even dogs don’t want to go outside. The suburbs are in the throes of dangerous wind chills, making it tough for animals and their humans to be outdoors. “I’ve literally had to carry dogs home from a walk.

Kylie Jenner, Nick Cannon to appear in Rosemont

Jan 07 2015 | 4:32 pm - Kardashian royalty Kylie Jenner and TV host and comedian Nick Cannon are scheduled to appear in Rosemont Friday night Jan. 23 at the grand opening of Sugar Factory, the new candy- and celebrity-centric restaurant and store in the MB Financial Park...

Boots on dogs? Sales are booming

Jan 06 2015 | 11:19 pm - Boots on dogs? Sales are booming during this week's cold spell, suburban store owners say. “We’re almost sold out of everything,” said Mia Indovina, manager of Bentley’s Corner Barkery in Arlington Heights.

How to help your suburban neighbors in need

Dec 31 2014 | 3:16 pm - Charitable organizations across the suburbs can use any skill or interest you have — things like fixing houses, making quilts, playing guitar, baking cookies, caring for animals, or teaching people to read — and they need your help.

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