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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