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 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.

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.

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.

What's next for Haley Reinhart? More music, maybe movies

Nov 01 2017 | 11:39 am - Haley Reinhart's had a tumultous year, but the Wheeling native and “American Idol” alum is moving forward with a new album, a weekend concert and a possible foray into acting.

Suburban trend? Big groups of women flock to ‘Bad Moms Christmas’

Oct 30 2017 | 9:14 am - “A Bad Moms Christmas” is the latest women-focused movie to bring suburban moms out to theaters en masse. “Everything is so intense lately, it feels good to just laugh and unwind,” one expert says.

An oldie and a goodie - legendary Chicago DJ Dick Biondi

Oct 25 2017 | 5:02 am - Getting fired when you’re 73 usually means retirement, especially in a youth-obsessed business like radio. So when WJMK 104.3-FM abruptly changed formats in June 2005 and kicked Dick Biondi off the air, it seemed the beloved Chicago DJ was...

Documentary spotlights DJ Dick Biondi, growing up in Chicago in the '60s

Oct 25 2017 | 12:32 pm - A documentary being made about Chicago radio legend Dick Biondi features dozens of celebrities who share their stories of the beloved WLS deejay.

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

Oct 20 2017 | 4:57 am - 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 17 2017 | 11:40 pm - 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 | 10:24 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.

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