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.


Are the Slutty Girls Getting All the Good Guys? Nov 11, 2018

Today, Kelly asks some interesting questions. Is virtue always rewarded? Is vice always punished? Or to put it more bluntly, do the good girls get the best guys? Or are the not-so-good girls walking away with them? Kelly says she can remember from hi... Read More


She Said She Never Wanted to Marry Nov 10, 2018

Charlie says when he was in his early 20s, he had a different view of dating than most of his peers. "I never got into dating a number of women all at once or just dating casually," he says. "I dated with the idea of eventually establishing a permane... Read More


And Now the Men Weigh In Nov 09, 2018

We recently heard from Tyrannosaurus Beth, who felt she was the last woman who had any morals. Today we hear from men who wish there were more of her. PAUL: I'm a white middle-aged heterosexual male who's had only one relationship in his whole life, ... Read More