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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Who donated money on #GivingTuesday? Millennials

Nov 30 2016 | 12:15 am - Suburban charities saw a rise in donations on #GivingTuesday, and much of it came from millennials making small donations.

Portillo’s ‘subscription’ delivers food to any home in U.S.

Nov 30 2016 | 12:25 pm - Portillo’s is adding a subscription service, so people can get a rotation of menu items sent to them every other month. It’s also starting delivery of its chocolate cake, previously only available in restaurants.

Pair from suburbs make '30 for 30' documentary about 1988 Notre Dame-Miami game

Nov 29 2016 | 6:13 am - Notre Dame's famous 1988 “Catholics vs. Convicts” game is the subject of a new ESPN documentary, made by suburban natives Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley.

Black Friday changes, but suburban shopping traditions remain

Nov 23 2016 | 9:09 pm - Black Friday is no longer the one day when shoppers can find the best bargains. Still, for many suburban families, day-after-Thanksgiving shopping remains a cherished tradition.

West Chicago native helps animated ‘Moana’ set sail

Nov 21 2016 | 6:29 pm - Water is key to the lush look of Disney’s new animated film “Moana.” The job of making it look real, even as the ocean took on a personality of its own, fell in part to a tech guy from West Chicago.

Rare stem cell match needed for biracial Fremd alum

Nov 17 2016 | 2:36 pm - Finding a match for a stem cell transplant is hard under normal circumstances. When the patient is biracial — in this case, half-Chinese and half-Ashkenazi Jewish — it’s even harder. The search is on for a rare stem cell match...

DuPage County filmmaker’s tale follows rural black teens over 7 years

Nov 15 2016 | 10:18 am - Margaret Byrne tells her students, “if I can do it, you can do it.” Byrne, who grew up in Westchester and Naperville, spent years making her new documentary, “Raising Bertie,” while being a single parent and on public...

Harper College students sound off on Trump presidency

Nov 09 2016 | 9:11 pm - Lively discussions about the election took place around the suburbs Wednesday, including one in a Harper College classroom.

Schakowsky wins another term in Congress

Nov 08 2016 | 10:21 pm - Democrat U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky has won re-election in the 9th Congressional District.

Mendoza beats Munger in Illinois comptroller race

Nov 09 2016 | 12:38 am - Democrat Susana Mendoza beat Republican incumbent Leslie Munger in the heated race for Illinois comptroller. “We sent a clear message today,” Mendoza tells supporters.

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