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 Parvesh Cheena went from Naperville 'class clown' to 'Tiger Hunter' movie

Sep 22 2017 | 10:52 am - Actor-comedian Parvesh Cheena joins Chicago friend Danny Pudi in the Indian film “The Tiger Hunter.” It's a small part, but Cheena — who grew up Naperville — doesn't mind. “I'll take anything to pay rent!” he...

Report: Ash trees on the brink of extinction

Sep 14 2017 | 9:52 am - Ash trees — which once lined streets and parks across the suburbs — are on the brink of extinction after years of decimation by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, according to a report released today.

How one suburban mom collected 10,000 pounds of supplies for Texas hurricane victims

Sep 14 2017 | 5:51 am - A suburban mom set out a collection bin at the library for Hurricane Harvey victims. She ended up with more than 10,000 pounds of supplies.

Spared by Irma, suburban natives say storm was still terrifying

Sep 14 2017 | 10:22 am - Suburban natives who weathered Hurricane Irma in Florida say it wasn’t as destructive as expected, but still scary and surreal.

Bartlett ‘Bachelorette’ alum opens Chicago restaurant

Aug 31 2017 | 8:45 am - Bartlett native and “Bachelor” alum Chris Bukowski wants you to fall in love — with his new Chicago sports bar and restaurant.

Suburban natives in Houston describe ‘surreal’ flooding

Aug 29 2017 | 7:06 pm - Suburban natives now living in southeast Texas describe ‘surreal’ scenes in the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey. “It was, like, this can’t possibly be happening,” said Bri Murphy, who moved with her husband...

Glenbard North grad wanted ‘big risk,’ so he made a movie

Aug 29 2017 | 6:27 am - Filmmaker Michael MacRae, a Glenbard North High School grad and former Glendale Heights resident, has made his first movie, “Fishbowl California.” And he’s just 25.

Flood relief: Lake County volunteers will return favor in Texas

Aug 28 2017 | 6:20 pm - A group of Texans helped Lake County flood victims. Now Lake County volunteers will return the favor in Houston.

Fans find kindred spirits at Comic Con in Rosemont

Aug 26 2017 | 8:00 pm - Costume-wearing fans packed the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont for Wizard World Comic Con Chicago Saturday.

Patriotic party welcomes home Honor Flight veterans in Schaumburg

Aug 26 2017 | 8:07 pm - Hundreds of flag-waving supporters welcomed home suburban veterans as they returned from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

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