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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As holograms, 13 local Holocaust survivors blink, breathe and tell their stories

Oct 19 2017 | 4:23 pm - Holographic images of local Holocaust survivors tell their enduring stories and answer questions from visitors at the new, high-tech Take a Stand Center at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.

Cubs playoff ticket prices the lowest in 3 years

Oct 18 2017 | 12:40 am - It’s a “W” for fans. Tickets to Cubs NLCS playoff games at Wrigley Field are the lowest they’ve been in three years, according to TicketIQ.com.

'The Jam' host wants 'to be like the millennial Barbara Walters'

Oct 17 2017 | 11:24 am - Glencoe native Danielle Robay co-hosts WCIU's new morning program, “The Jam.” The 26-year-old is believed to be the youngest woman to co-host a morning news show in Chicago.

Country star Chris Young coming to Sears Centre

Oct 16 2017 | 4:38 pm - Grammy-nominated country singer Chris Young will perform at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Jan. 20.

2 suburban teens to compete on ‘Top Chef Jr.’

Oct 13 2017 | 9:54 am - Two suburban middle school students will compete on the new TV show “Top Chef Jr.,” which premieres Friday, Oct. 13, on the Universal Kids network.

Sports leagues, shoppers, outdoor adventurers drive robust suburban tourism growth

Oct 10 2017 | 2:33 pm - Tourism is growing in the Chicago suburbs, with each area marketing to its own niche of travelers from youth sports leagues to foreign tourists.

Stevenson grad killed by snakebite ‘had magnetic personality,’ mom says

Oct 10 2017 | 8:39 pm - A wake will be held Sunday for Dan Hohs, the 31-year-old Stevenson High School alumnus who died from a snakebite while hiking in Colorado.

Jim Gaffigan on growing up in the suburbs, eating Hackney's onion loaf

Oct 10 2017 | 9:36 am - Comedian Jim Gaffigan reminisces about growing up in Elgin and Barrington, plus talks about the serious acting he's been doing lately.

No longer lovable losers, Cubs have 8 new antics as reigning champs

Oct 09 2017 | 5:35 pm - They’re doing some new stuff during this year’s Cubs playoff season, including bullpen dancing and faux dugout interviews. Here are eight things that didn’t exist last year.

YouTube stars Brooklyn and Bailey coming to Palatine

Oct 09 2017 | 5:23 pm - YouTube stars Brooklyn and Bailey will be in Palatine Thursday night for a show at Durty Nellie’s.

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