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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Jun 19 2017 | 4:35 pm - A bloody fight broke out in a suburban Starbucks Sunday after a man started berating a barista.

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Jun 07 2017 | 12:02 am - Former WWE ring announcer and Buffalo Grove native Justin Roberts talks about his new book, “Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass through My WWE Journey.” He’ll be signing copies Thursday night at the Allstate Arena.

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Ex-suburban teacher convicted of sex assault can keep $76,000/year pension

May 30 2017 | 5:51 pm - A former Rolling Meadows High School teacher convicted of sexual assaulting a 14-year-old boy who avoided jail time in a plea agreement will be able to keep his $76,000-a-year pension.

Daily Herald’s Town Square Publications buys Lawton Publishing

May 24 2017 | 6:25 pm - The Daily Herald’s Town Square Publications has purchased the assets of Lawton Publishing, the chamber publishing division of Lawton Printing.

Allstate Arena steps up security following Manchester attack

May 23 2017 | 6:29 pm - With pop star The Weeknd in town on Tuesday, how could officials in Rosemont maximize security in the wake of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester, England? That was the concern of the the police chief and the arena’s executive...

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