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.

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Too Good to Be True Mar 27, 2020

Hannah says she always knew she'd write to me someday. "I always thought I'd be writing to you about my love and my relationship with my husband, but he ruined my life. Let me start at the beginning." Hannah says when she first saw Jackson across a c... Read More

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This ATM Is Outta Cash Mar 20, 2020

We recently heard from Charlotte, who was living with her twice-divorced boyfriend. He was 51; she was 44. He told her his first wife cheated and he and his second wife "grew apart." They have sex about once a week. Five months ago, he started spendi... Read More

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Is There Such a Thing as a Little (Off) White Lie? Mar 13, 2020

If you put your best picture ever on your online profile, is that lying? If you don't mention an arrest for public nudity under "What Makes Me Special," is that lying? If you list "blue" under "eye color" when it's actually your contacts that are blu... Read More

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Does the Cook County Hospital Cafeteria Have a Liquor License? Mar 06, 2020

Most first dates involve eating or drinking. And the man usually picks the spot. It tells a lot about him. Does he choose someplace very hip or someplace out of the way? Chelsea's date chose someplace out of the way — way, way out of the way. C... Read More