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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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Oct 21 2014 | 8:13 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”...

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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...

Attorney general candidates debate: Can more be done to fight corruption?

Oct 14 2014 | 12:27 am - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan prides herself on her consumer protection record, collecting millions of dollars for the state by going after those who defrauded Illinois residents, including utilities, large banks, scam artists and more.

Elgin’s Emmy Award-winning ‘Shark Tank’ producer

Oct 13 2014 | 2:24 pm - Before entrepreneurs pitch their products on ABC's "Shark Tank," they work with producer Heather Dreiling. Dreiling, 33, who grew up in Elgin, is an Emmy Award-winning producer on the show and just started her fourth season doing what she calls the...

Prosecutors find haunted house’s Gacy room ‘in terrible taste’

Oct 09 2014 | 3:56 pm - Prosecutors from serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s case say the “Gacy room” in Rob Zombie’s new haunted house is distasteful and insensitive to victims’ families, many of whom still live in the area.

Treasurer candidates debate efficiency of I-CASH program

Oct 09 2014 | 8:19 pm - Republican Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs, both candidates for Illinois treasurer, differ on how to operate the state's I-Cash program, get Illinois to balance its budget, and manage the Bright Start 529 college savings program.

Larkin grad at 'hub' of 'Gone Girl,' other films

Oct 07 2014 | 6:09 am - Larkin High School graduate Meredith Humbracht has worked as production coordinator on many movies and TV shows during the past 20 years. She has survived earthquakes, set closings and a terrible car accident in Elgin near the Fox River, but neither...

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