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Jamie Sotonoff

Staff Writer

Jamie Sotonoff joined the Daily Herald in 1997 and currently works as a general assignment reporter, focusing on lifestyle and trend stories. She is also the Assistant Sunday Editor and a fill-in editor.

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 her as a city news reporter, and she went on to work as a features writer, a fashion columnist, a Reflejos editor, a concert/movie/theater/restaurant reviewer, and a Neighbor editor.

During her career, Sotonoff has reported on many of the suburbs' biggest news stories (Fox River Grove bus-train accident, Brown's Chicken murders, NIU shootings, Tylenol poisonings investigation) and 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, Meatloaf and Barry Williams, to name a few -- but says stories about real people have the most profound impact on her.

Sotonoff lives in the Northwest suburbs with her husband and two children, and her hobbies include travel, music, hanging out in the city, and having fun with family and friends.

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Mount Prospect man charged with child pornography

Apr 23 2014 | 9:23 pm - Bond was set at $125,000 Wednesday for a Mount Prospect man charged with possession of child pornography. Thomas Perry, 68, faces one felony count of child pornography/possession, after police said he downloaded numerous pornographic images of...

Barrington native a scream in upcoming 'Godzilla'

Apr 22 2014 | 10:39 am - If you see the May 16 release of the new “Godzilla” movie, keep your eyes peeled for an attractive casino tourist screaming into the camera. She's Barrington native Dona Wood, an actress now living in Los Angeles. “I fell into this...

Janelle Monae, Jeff Tweedy among Taste headliners

Apr 21 2014 | 4:11 pm - Janelle MonŠe, Jeff Tweedy, Aloe Blacc, Grammy Award winning R&B singer Gary Clark Jr., electronic rock band AWOLNATION and folk trio Nickel Creek will be among the headliners during Taste of Chicago July 9-13.

Suburban marathoners head to Boston with more purpose

Apr 15 2014 | 5:23 am - Shortly after running the Boston Marathon last year and scrambling away from the horrific scene at the finish line, Gurnee mom Sue Balthazor got to her hotel room and turned on the TV news. She watched coverage of the aftermath of the twin bomb...

Warrenville comedian makes a career in TV commercials

Apr 15 2014 | 5:30 am - Comedian Jon Huck of Warrenville built a career being funny on stage and on camera. His wild-haired yet average guy style has landed him roles in movies and dozens of TV commercials. One of his most popular videos, the "Guitar Baby" ad for...

Amber’s friend: 'I remember her being happy'

Apr 09 2014 | 4:39 pm - While police describe Amber Creek as a chronic runaway and troubled young woman, that’s not the girl junior high school friend Heather Lowing remembers. Lowing struggles to make sense of how the smiling “girl in the birthday cake...

‘Austin Powers’ role gold for Buffalo Grove native

Apr 08 2014 | 12:30 am - Buffalo Grove native Aaron Himelstein said his attraction to acting boils down to this single word: empathy. “When you don’t empathize with other people, that leads to apathy,” he said. “So this keeps your heart...

Daily Herald nominated for 21 Peter Lisagor Awards

Apr 03 2014 | 7:40 am - The Daily Herald staff was nominated for 21 of the prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism. Reporters, editors, photographers and a page designer were among this year's finalists.

Flu sends Schaumburg dad to brink of death

Apr 03 2014 | 12:10 am - Mike LaRosa of Schaumburg brushed off the idea of a flu shot but then found himself in the ICU at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village battling a case of influenza so bad, his doctor called him "one of the sickest patients...

Hoffman Estates cameraman focuses on Hollywood

Apr 01 2014 | 5:27 am - David Seekins’ job as a Hollywood cameraman comes with rewards — including hobnobbing with celebrities. But the job also requires long hours and intense attention to detail. “You have a margin of inches. If you’re just a...

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