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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Escalade rolls over on slick road in Long Grove

Dec 09 2017 | 5:46 pm - A man was injured after his Cadillac Escalade slid on the snowy Route 53 and rolled over Saturday morning.

Operation North Pole in Rosemont provides ‘best day ever’ for sick kids

Dec 09 2017 | 6:13 pm - A special Metra train ride took 75 seriously or terminally ill children to the “North Pole,” where 200 local firefighters and police officers were waiting on bended knee for them.

3 stats you need to know from new U.S. Census data

Dec 07 2017 | 11:18 am - New data from the U.S. Census Bureau includes some interesting statistics about the Chicago suburbs.

Veteran numbers down, taxes up: Suburban facts from new census data

Dec 08 2017 | 1:46 pm - New data from the U.S. Census Bureau includes some interesting statistics about the Chicago suburbs.

Morton Arboretum’s ‘Illumination’ light show mixes trees with tech

Dec 01 2017 | 12:26 pm - New interactive medallions are being offered this year at the Morton Arboretum’s “Illumination.”

Their job? To temporarily live in suburban mansions

Nov 24 2017 | 3:37 pm - You can get a job living as the master of other people’s luxury homes? A Geneva couple talk about their unique way of life.

Why go shopping at the mall Friday? For the experience

Nov 22 2017 | 12:44 pm - Malls are making a comeback this holiday season, now that they offer more than just shopping.

How St. Charles skater got on the ice with Cirque du Soleil

Nov 07 2017 | 6:29 am - Madeline Stammen, from St. Charles, stars in Cirque du Soleil's first ice show, “Crystal,” playing the Sears Centre Nov. 16-19. “The fact that Cirque has employed ice skaters is such a big thing in our industry,” she says.

Doctors: Bears’ Miller was within hours of losing his leg

Oct 30 2017 | 5:29 pm - Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller was within hours of losing his leg, according to Advocate Health Care doctors who specialize in such injuries.

Fremd alum, 34, dies of cancer months after stem cell transplant

Oct 31 2017 | 1:01 pm - Despite a large local stem cell drive to help him last year, Fremd High School alumnus Aaron Lee has died of cancer at age 34.

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