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 He Did It With You, He'll Do It to You Feb 23, 2018

Maggie met Blake when they were both working for a large company, married and had two kids. Maggie was unhappy and thinking about leaving her husband when she got pregnant with their second child. She says it was her fault that she and Blake hooked ... Read More


It's Platonic, Right? So What's the Problem? Feb 18, 2018

Dear Cheryl: I've been divorced for many years, and I no longer date. A couple of months ago, I met a man by chance. I had no idea it would develop into an email friendship. I thought I was just writing to a professional writer in regard to something... Read More


The Incredible Disappearing Woman: Part II Feb 17, 2018

We just met Jodi, who found herself disappearing in her marriage to Adam ... She says: "My life consisted of work and him. I worked a lot of hours and when I wasn't working, I had to spend all my time with him. I had no time to myself, no opportuniti... Read More