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.


If a Wife Talks and Her Husband Doesn't Hear Her, Does She Still Make Noise? Oct 15, 2017

Dear Cheryl: I'm ashamed to admit that I used to be one of those women who refused to date short guys. I'm 5 feet 7 inches tall, and I was raised to believe that height matters. I'm now 40 years old, and I have never been married. I'm afraid I've pas... Read More


This Tale Is 'To Be Continued' Oct 14, 2017

Coby and Susan dated all through high school. Everyone assumed they'd get married, including them. But Coby was seeing other girls on the side, and one of them got pregnant. He says, "I'd been raised to do 'the right thing' and marry her. It was just... Read More


From Kennedy to Trump: This Relationship Has Legs Oct 13, 2017

Danny and Judy first met when John F. Kennedy was president, got naked when Lyndon Johnson was inaugurated as president, reconnected when Barack Obama was commander in chief and are still friends now, with Donald Trump in the White House. From the t... Read More