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.


What's a Smart Smokin' Woman to Do? May 27, 2018

Today we hear from Dakota and Rachel. Dakota has taken herself off the market, and Rachel would like to take her husband to the woodshed. DAKOTA: I'm 44. I have a master's degree, and I'm completing my doctorate degree in educational technology. I've... Read More


For Better or Worse, for Richer or Poorer, Etc., Etc. May 26, 2018

It may be time to rewrite the wedding vows. Maybe they should say, "For better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, whether we have hot monkey sex every night or no sex at all, till death us do part." People are getting marrie... Read More


What We Learn from Our Parents and Have to Unlearn May 25, 2018

Along with playing patty-cake, tying our shoes and drinking from a cup, our parents teach us something else — something far more important. They teach us what marriage is all about. SHARON: I honestly believed no husbands and wives love each ot... Read More