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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Geneva: The 'chocolate capital of the suburbs'

Feb 12 2016 | 3:33 pm - With more than a dozen places that make homemade chocolate treats, the city of Geneva has become the chocolate capital of the suburbs.

Walgreens to sell heroin OD antidote naloxone without prescription

Feb 10 2016 | 6:55 am - Deerfield-based Walgreens will make the heroin overdose antidote drug naloxone available without a prescription at pharmacies in 35 states, including Illinois.

'Faking It' star from Warrenville shares 'Home Alone' stories

Feb 09 2016 | 11:45 am - At 6 months old, Senta Moses Mikan modeled diapers for her first TV commercial. Today, the “Faking It” actress from Warrenville has performed in more than 40 TV shows, plus movies — like “Home Alone.”

Snapchat photo leads to arrest of Mount Prospect man

Feb 03 2016 | 6:19 pm - A pornographic Snapchat photo has led to charges against a Mount Prospect man who worked as a Northwestern University Police Department lieutenant, authorities said.

Seattle theater to stage play about Tylenol murders

Feb 03 2016 | 4:47 pm - A small theater in suburban Seattle will stage an original play next month about the 1982 Tylenol cyanide poisonings, which killed six people from the suburbs and also a Chicago woman.

Should we believe Woodstock Willie’s prediction?

Feb 02 2016 | 5:51 pm - Woodstock Willie emerged from his tree trunk home this morning to tell us an early spring is coming.

Suburban painting parties combine wine, art and fun

Jan 27 2016 | 11:38 am - Pinot and a paintbrush? Wine-friendly painting studios have sprouted up across the suburbs, along with art businesses that host painting parties at local bars and restaurants.

Waukegan comedian gets raves thanks to Pachelbel and Carlin

Jan 26 2016 | 12:15 am - Comedian and musician Rob Paravonian talks about opening for George Carlin, his new musical about a boy band and how his experience playing the cello at Waukegan West High School led to his most popular comedy bit, “Pachelbel Rant.”

Williams to run as independent in 9th District

Jan 20 2016 | 4:23 pm - After being removed from the Republican ballot, David Earl Williams III announced he will run as an independent candidate for Congress in the 9th District. That sets up a three-way race in November with incumbent Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Evanston...

For Disney star from Wilmette, business comes first in showbiz

Jan 19 2016 | 12:51 am - For 18-year-old Wilmette native Kevin Quinn, star of the Disney Channel’s “Bunk’d,” showbiz is primarily “biz” not so much “show.” “I first think of myself as an entrepreneur,”...

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