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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How tapes of Jim Croce's 1973 Harper College concert got on CD

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Suburban Scots divided on Scotland's independence

Sep 17 2014 | 5:20 am - Much like their compatriots, suburban Scots have strong feelings and mixed opinions about Thursday's historic referendum in Scotland, when the Scottish people will vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom and become an independent...

Jesse White vows this will be his last term – again

Sep 16 2014 | 8:30 am - Democrat Jesse White, 80, of Chicago, says he's running for his fifth and final term as Illinois secretary of state in November. Challenger Michael Webster, a Hinsdale Republican attorney, CPA and father of four, wants to end White's tenure before...

Hospitals, doctors 'crazy' busy with virus sweeping suburbs

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Addison Trail alumnus on new season of ‘Biggest Loser’

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New trainer on 'Biggest Loser' grew up in Lisle

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'Pretty Little Liars' stylist started her career in Lake County

Sep 02 2014 | 5:08 am - Gurnee native Kim Ferry has styled the hair of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, on some of the most popular TV programs. She's now the head of the hair department on ABC Family's “Pretty Little Liars.” Off the set, the Warren Township...

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