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.


The Other Man: He Can Be a Lifesaver Mar 18, 2018

The other man. The other woman. They're the femme fatales and playboys who worm their way into the hearts of happily married men and women and destroy families. But there are times when TOM and TOW can be the catalyst for positive change. Amanda was... Read More


He Was the Love of Her Life. Or Was He? Mar 17, 2018

When someone throws it all away for love, we hope for a happy ending. We don't always get it ... Nora was married for 32 years. Her husband made good money, and they had a beautiful home and three children, but no sex life. He was an alcoholic, and N... Read More


There's No Perfect Time to Marry Mar 16, 2018

If today's column proves one thing, it's that you can be a clear-eyed realist at 18 and a starry-eyed optimist at 36. All of which proves: There's no right time to marry... NANCY: When I first married, I was 36 and Ted was a very serious 29-year-old.... Read More