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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How to think of Black Friday in the suburbs now

Nov 26 2015 | 12:11 am - Black Friday is a season now, not a day. And it’s as much an online event as it is in stores. Yet Black Friday remains the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season and a day suburban stores will be mobbed with people.

Highland Park brothers debut new PBS Kids series, 'Nature Cat'

Nov 25 2015 | 6:45 am - David and Adam Rudman, brothers who grew up in Highland Park, co-created the new PBS Kids series, "Nature Cat." It debuts Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Santa now a big entertainment business

Nov 24 2015 | 10:48 am - Seeing Santa at the mall is now a business. Do suburban parents miss the old days, or do they like the more expensive and elaborate experience?

Turkey raffle fundraiser in Fox River Grove

Nov 18 2015 | 5:20 pm - It’s been an annual holiday tradition for more than 60 years: raffling off turkeys at the Fox River Grove Fire Station. This year’s turkey raffle will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Fox River Grove Fire Station One, 411...

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Nov 17 2015 | 6:01 am - Dozens of suburban natives were in Paris at the time of the terrorist attacks, including one Palatine student who was just three blocks away from the nightclub where nearly 100 people died.

Avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson calls Glen Ellyn upbringing idyllic

Nov 10 2015 | 1:02 pm - Experimental performance artist/filmmaker Laurie Anderson credits "idyllic" upbringing in Glen Ellyn for a wonderful childhood.

Why you can pay for medical marijuana only with cash

Nov 09 2015 | 7:50 pm - You can legally buy marijuana in the suburbs now, as long as you have an approved medical condition, obtain a state-issued identification card, follow a list of registration procedures — and bring plenty of cash.

Buttering up the judges at Cook of the Week Challenge finale

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