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 Happens When You Don't Listen to Your Mother Sep 20, 2019

Tracee was 22 when she met Matt. Her best friend was dating his friend, so they saw each other at parties. "We danced all the time, but I always declined his invitations to date because I was living with someone. I was attracted to him, but I thought... Read More


From Russia, but No Love Sep 13, 2019

Six years ago, Andy met Bethany, the woman he calls his "soul mate." They moved in together. "She was the woman whom I fully intended to grow old with. I loved her more than life itself. She was my world." Unfortunately, Bethany died in April in a ca... Read More


Grumpy Old Men -- and Women Sep 06, 2019

You'd think that by their sixth decade, men and women would have found a way to peacefully coexist. Such is not the case. The war of the sexes continues among the AARP generation. Eddie: I'm 61 years old and single. I find women boring. They're too c... Read More


The Cons May Change, but Con Artists Are Forever Aug 30, 2019

The Nigerian Prince seems to be on vacation, but his relatives are alive and well and burning up the internet ... JOHN: My cellphone pinged one morning at 4 a.m. An email informed me that my sister was in the U.K. and had been the victim of a robbery... Read More