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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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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,...

Suburban Catholics see ‘something new’ in Blase Cupich

Nov 17 2014 | 9:09 pm - Suburban Catholics feel a mix of hope and nervous anticipation as they look ahead to this week’s historic event — the installation of new Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. “Something new is coming, and whenever there’s...

Lombard native Rachel Melvin co-stars in ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

Nov 11 2014 | 12:39 am - Lombard native Rachel Melvin’s acting career takes a quantum-leap into big-budget Hollywood movies Nov. 14 when she plays Jeff Daniels’ daughter in “Dumb and Dumber To,” the long-awaited (20 years) sequel to “Dumb...

Treasurer’s race could be tightest state race in history

Nov 11 2014 | 10:19 am - In what could be the closest race in state election history, Illinois State Treasurer Republican candidate Tom Cross now holds a 393 vote lead over Democrat Mike Frerichs in a race where more than 3.485 million votes were cast.

Dead 11 minutes, suburban native called ‘Second Miracle on Hudson’

Nov 09 2014 | 12:48 am - On the swim leg of the New York triathalon, former Vernon Hills resident Chris LaPak went into cardiac arrest. By the time he reached the ER, he had been dead 11 minutes. What happened next has been called the "Second Miracle on the Hudson."

State treasurer’s race still too close to call, recount possible

Nov 06 2014 | 6:46 pm - A clear winner has yet to emerge in the race for Illinois state treasurer, and the margin is so close that the candidates are already preparing for a possible recount. With 99.5 percent of the precincts reporting, former House Republican Leader Tom...

Cross clings to narrow lead for state treasurer; Topinka edges Simon

Nov 05 2014 | 6:55 am - With most of the vote counted, former House Republican Leader Tom Cross took a narrow lead over state Sen. Mike Frerichs in their battle for state treasurer. In other state offices, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka edged Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon for...

5 statewide referendums for Illinois voters

Nov 03 2014 | 6:05 pm - Five statewide referendum questions will be on the ballot in Tuesday's election — the most in at least 44 years, according to state records. Three of the referendums are advisory only, meaning they don’t become law even if they pass.

Team Toma cheers on ‘Biggest Loser’ contestant at Addison Trail

Nov 03 2014 | 9:42 am - About 100 people gathered at Addison Trail High School Oct. 23 to show their support for "The Biggest Loser" contestant Toma Dobrosevljevic, of Bloomingdale.

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