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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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Dec 19 2014 | 5:43 pm - As you head off to the malls for your last-minute shopping, a word to the wise from the experts: Pay attention in the parking lot. Insurance companies and local police report more accidents take place in mall parking lots this time of year, and a...

ABC 7 to add 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU

Dec 16 2014 | 5:07 pm - ABC 7 announced plans Tuesday to launch a 7 p.m. newscast on WCIU, The U, the flagship station of Weigel Broadcasting Co. It will be the only live local newscast in the Chicago viewing area in that time slot.

Smoking Gun takes the ‘Best Martini in ’Burbs’ title

Dec 16 2014 | 6:01 am - After nearly 8,000 votes were cast and the judges sipped samples of the top cocktails, the Daily Herald named the “Best Martini in the ‘Burbs” Monday night.

Stores dealing with strawberry shortage

Dec 12 2014 | 10:11 am - Suburban grocery stores have struggled to keep strawberries in stock this past month, but store owners said Wednesday the situation is slowly starting to improve. Bad weather in Florida and California is to blame for the strawberry shortage that...

Deerfield ‘Family Guy’ mom now stars on HBO series

Dec 08 2014 | 7:48 pm - Deerfield native Alex Borstein does such unique and funny voices on TV that fans often ask to record her speaking into their phones. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, do the voice!’” she said. “They’ll have me leave...

Chicago's higher minimum wage worries some suburban businesses

Dec 04 2014 | 5:14 am - Suburban small business owners near the Chicago border aren't worried — for now — about the ordinance passed by the Chicago City County Tuesday, raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour in July 2015. It will then gradually...

‘Innate sob’ signature sound of opera star from St. Charles

Dec 02 2014 | 5:27 am - “I always think of my father when I sing arias about loss and love and longing,” said international opera superstar Sondra Radvanovsky, a former St. Charles resident. “It gave me that definite deep sorrow that one can only get from...

The new Black Friday: Shopping kickoff has evolved, expanded

Nov 27 2014 | 6:34 am - Black Friday sales have been going on for weeks, and more suburban stores than ever will be open today, on Thanksgiving Day. So is Black Friday even a big deal anymore? It definitely is, both for those seeking great deals and those who just enjoy...

Surprise reunion for Lake Park dean after motorcycle accident

Nov 19 2014 | 10:05 am - Lake Park High School East Dean of Students Pete Kolzow recently got a surprise visit from a stranger he helped in a motorcycle accident 4 years ago.

Sounds good: Jacobs grad records audio for TV’s top reality shows

Nov 18 2014 | 1:56 pm - Adam Dobosz modestly describes himself as “the guy that puts all the microphones on everyone and records the dialogue.” But his job as a TV audio mixer and supervisor is not that simple. Dobosz, who grew up in Gilberts and West Dundee,...

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