About Cheryl Lavin

Cheryl Lavin

Cheryl Lavin

Cheryl Lavin's "Tales fromTales from the Front" lets men and women share their relationship stories in their own words. Love is a battlefield, and they're the war correspondents reporting to her from the front lines of relationships in the 21st century.

With a combination of humor and compassion, Lavin's three-times-a-week column tackles the problems and joys of every single, married, divorced, separated or widowed person. Some tales are funny while some are sad. Some have happy endings and some don't. But they're always true, sometimes controversial and on-target.

Once a week, Lavin gives advice based on over 20 years of experience and thousands of readers' letters.

Lavin began "Tales From the Front" in 1985. Her work is included in "Best Newspaper Writing," published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She has earned numerous awards, including the Peter Lisagor and Jacob Scher awards for investigative journalism, the Herman Kogan award from the Chicago Bar Association for legal writing, and the Peter Lisagor and UPI awards for feature writing.

A native Chicagoan, Lavin now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with her second (and hopefully last) husband, Robert Rapp. She's saving the story of their meeting for a quick column when she's really under deadline pressure.     Meanwhile, her two daughters, Shannon and Samantha, keep her supplied with tales, as do her thousands of loyal readers.


Is It Ever Too Late to Say, 'I'm Sorry'? Dec 10, 2017

Leslie met Jason at a dance. He wasn't handsome — only "passable and well-dressed." But this was back in the Dark Ages when girls had to wait for guys to show interest in them. Their choices were limited. (What? Some of you are still in the Dar... Read More


There May Be a Pink Stripe on Her Hog Dec 09, 2017

TALES FROM THE FRONT BY CHERYL LAVIN RELEASE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017, AND THEREAFTER There May Be a Pink Stripe on Her Hog Remember Emma? She was the combat veteran and hog-riding mechanic — and proud of it! Some men were intimidated by ... Read More


Can a Poor City Girl Find Happiness With a Rich Suburban Boy?: Part 2 Dec 08, 2017

In the last column we met Jessie, a poor Chicago single mother who was dating a rich boy. She lived in a mouse-riddled apartment with her daughter; his parents lived in a magnificent home. Jessie says: "Our lifestyles were completely different. He wa... Read More