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.


Will They Get Their Hollywood Ending? Aug 19, 2018

Bill and Andrea reconnected at a grammar school reunion and maintained their long-distance relationship through the internet. Bill says he came to rely on Andrea's daily emails to get him through the "many tiresome work days." He added: "I suspect my... Read More


Their Affair Was Like a Movie. Will It Have a Hollywood Ending? Aug 18, 2018

Bill says his affair with Andrea was like that Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie "You've Got Mail." They met in second grade. "She was a cute, bright little girl, so much smarter than me," he says. "She was always one of the last two girls standing during spe... Read More


Grandma Dearest Aug 17, 2018

Ginny says she started school for a master's in psychology in the '90s but dropped out after she got a handle on her own family. "I didn't really want to be a psychologist," she said. "I just wanted to understand my own crazy relatives." Of all her r... Read More