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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Suburban native designs Fender guitars for Clapton, other stars

Jul 18 2017 | 12:16 am - World-renowned guitar builder George Blanda, who grew up in LaGrange, has designed custom guitars for Fender for the past 32 years. Among the recipients? Eric Clapton.

Attorney: Haley Reinhart’s friend got concussion, cuts in Lamplighter Inn brawl

Jul 17 2017 | 5:56 pm - Haley Reinhart’s high school friend, Wheeling resident Alan Chislof, got a concussion and a cut that required stitches during the brawl at Lamplighter Inn in Palatine, his attorney said.

Arlington Heights teen’s death raises awareness for cystic fibrosis

Jul 13 2017 | 12:16 am - The death of 18-year-old Prospect High School alumna Gabby Ives is raising awareness about cystic fibrosis.

Police: Person hurt during Haley Reinhart arrest

Jul 13 2017 | 2:32 pm - Police confirm that a person was injured during the scuffle last weekend at Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grill in Palatine in which “American Idol” singer Haley Reinhart was arrested and accused of punching a bouncer in the head.

Evanston High School grad spins romantic web for Spidey in ‘Homecoming’

Jul 10 2017 | 11:22 pm - Former Evanston resident and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actress Laura Harrier read the original 1960s Marvel comic books to gain insight into Peter Parker’s high school crush, Liz Allan, but wound up creating a whole new Liz for...

‘American Idol’ star, Wheeling native Haley Reinhart arrested at Palatine bar

Jul 13 2017 | 2:32 pm - “American Idol” finalist and Wheeling native Haley Reinhart was arrested in Palatine over the weekend after police said the 5-foot-2 singer punched a bouncer in the head at Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grill.

What would a state income tax hike cost you?

Jul 05 2017 | 7:20 pm - The Legislature is expected to vote today on a state income tax increase. How much more can you expect to pay?

Ex-Buffalo Grove teacher, football coach pleads guilty to harassing student

Jul 05 2017 | 12:33 pm - A former Buffalo Grove High School math teacher and football coach was sentenced to two years of probation for harassing a 16-year-old female student last year.

5 beloved fixtures in suburban July 4 parades

Jun 30 2017 | 5:58 am - A clown band and a leprechaun are among the beloved fixtures of suburban Fourth of July parades.

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