Football Focus 2014

Jamie Sotonoff

Staff Writer
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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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Horror films a ‘calling’ for monster-loving Elgin native

Oct 27 2014 | 11:46 pm - Ryan Oliver, an Elgin native, grew up to become an independent filmmaker about to locally premiere his new movie “Restoration” on Thursday night, Halloween Eve, at Chicago’s Logan Theatre. Oliver talked to us by phone from the...

Viewers invited to tweet during live Senate debate on WTTW

Oct 28 2014 | 6:26 pm - The U.S. Senate candidates will debate live at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WTTW Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight,” in a broadcast that will use Twitter to provide real-time viewer feedback. Democrat Sen. Richard Durbin and his challenger,...

New lanes to open on I-90 tollway west of Elgin

Oct 27 2014 | 9:29 pm - After nearly two years of construction, the Illinois Tollway will roll away construction barrels and open two new lanes on the I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway between Elgin and Rockford. Work continues on the eastern portion of the tollway.

In the age of Ebola, what will happen if you fly while sick?

Oct 27 2014 | 5:35 pm - Most airline passengers have seen it happen, and some might have done it themselves — flying on an airplane while sick. Most sick people on airplanes don't have Ebola, just common viruses and infections. But in these days of heightened...

#TeamToma plans 'Biggest Loser' event in Addison

Oct 22 2014 | 10:39 am - More than 100 people who support this season's “The Biggest Loser” contestant Toma Dobrosavljevic will gather at Addison Trail High School Thursday night for a group photo followed by a viewing of the NBC weight loss competition show. named best website by Inland Press

Oct 22 2014 | 12:57 pm - The Daily Herald won a first-place award Tuesday for Digital Journalism General Excellence from the Inland Press Association, as well as other awards for community leadership and staff photography.

Leap of faith led Elgin native to 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Oct 21 2014 | 11:32 am - Elgin native Bianca Alarcon might not have landed a job on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” if she hadn't taken what she describes as “a leap of faith.” The Larkin High School alumna had a good job on “Windy City Live”...

How suburban native helps to fight Ebola in Africa

Oct 16 2014 | 5:21 am - Washing his hands in bleach solution as guards watched. Getting his forehead scanned to see if he had a temperature. Carrying protective garments at all times. All were part of suburban native Daniel Brencic's work to help control Ebola in the west...

Fleetwood Mac returns to Allstate Arena

Oct 15 2014 | 11:55 am - If you missed Fleetwood Mac when they were at the United Center Oct. 2 and 3, you’ll get another chance to see the band four months from now — this time in the suburbs. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20 for the Fleetwood...

Demand up for Mundelein company's Ebola-fighting gear

Oct 15 2014 | 5:23 pm - The Mundelein-based health supply company Medline is seeing huge demand for its protective equipment as hospitals take pro-active measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. Medline officials say they're fielding hundreds of calls a day from...

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