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.


Readers Sound Off Feb 10, 2019

Today, we hear from Jennifer, Andrea and Emma, who offer advice on birth control, co-dependency and living together. Do you agree? JENNIFER: People who think birth control is always reliable need to be better informed. Every single one has a failure ... Read More


Family Secrets Revealed: Part II Feb 09, 2019

When she was 68, Carol, who had been given up at birth, found her original birth certificate. For the first time, she learned the name of her birth mother. After some sleuthing on the computer, she found her brother. She called him. "After a little s... Read More


Family Secrets Revealed Feb 08, 2019

From the time she was 13 or 14, Carol knew she had been adopted. She learned about it one day from her best friend, Joanie. Carol had been complaining about how strict her mother was. Joanie said, "They don't want you to turn out like your mother." C... Read More