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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Schaumburg native to appear on ‘Undercover Boss’

May 24 2016 | 5:12 pm - Former Schaumburg High School and Harper College football player Jeff Dudan will be featured on the season finale of “Undercover Boss” on CBS at 7 p.m. Sunday night, May 29.

Prospect Heights magician to appear on ‘Masters of Illusion’

May 23 2016 | 5:42 pm - As a kid growing up in Prospect Heights, Bill Cook was fascinated by “Masters of Illusion” on TV. Now, the magician is performing on the show, which airs on The CW.

Downtown Arlington Heights development for sale

May 24 2016 | 6:10 am - Arlington Town Square, one of the biggest business areas of downtown Arlington Heights, is for sale. What will it mean for customers?

Games, beer score points at Mount Prospect's Tokens & Tankards

May 19 2016 | 9:38 am - Tokens & Tankards, the new restaurant and bar in downtown Mount Prospect where Ye Olde Town Inn used to be, is packed with board games, an arcade and an impressive craft beer menu.

Ex-Rolling Meadows teacher charged with 1973 sexual assault

May 13 2016 | 6:39 pm - A former Rolling Meadows High School teacher and the 1991-92 Illinois Teacher of the Year was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in 1973 at a prep school in New Hampshire. Arthur Peekel, now 74 and living in Palatine, turned...

Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. add Beatles hits to Sunday show at St. Charles' Arcada

May 13 2016 | 10:57 am - They've performed in Chicago for more than 50 years, but Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.'s show in St. Charles Sunday will have some unique features, including an extensive medley of Beatles' music.

More charges in child porn case against Mount Prospect man

May 10 2016 | 6:19 pm - More child pornography charges have been filed against Ron Godby, the former Northwestern University police detective who worked as the unofficial photographer for many Prospect High School teams.

Mom of ‘Leatherface’ latest role for Glencoe’s versatile Lili Taylor

May 10 2016 | 12:18 am - Versatile suburban native Lili Taylor is a parent, a birdwatcher — and the onscreen mother of Leatherface in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” sequel coming out this year. It’s one of her many stage, screen and TV credits...

Like to mock movie princesses? ‘Disenchanted!’ may be for you

May 09 2016 | 10:51 am - Described by some as “‘Bridesmaids’ for Disney princesses,” the sassy, adults-only musical “Disenchanted!” opens Tuesday, May 10, at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago.

Shooting that killed Buffalo Grove mom called ‘random as it could be’

May 03 2016 | 10:14 pm - Family and friends are mourning the death Tuesday of Buffalo Grove mom Tracy Czaczkowski, 44, and trying to make sense of the random drive-by shooting on I-90/94 that took her life.

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