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.


And Now You Know the Rest of the Story Jan 17, 2020

We recently met Jason and Andrea. They were the lawyers whose relationship turned from professional to personal after Jason's wife died. They first met over 30 years ago, when they were on opposite sides of a case. Jason says he won the case. Andrea ... Read More


Once Again, Seinfeld Said It Best Jan 10, 2020

Today's column proves one thing: Men and women can find each other anywhere — at a car wash, at an airport and even at a funeral! KYLE: Jeff, a friend, mentor and all-around great guy, died an untimely death. He was such a well-known guy that a... Read More


What to Save, What to Keep Jan 03, 2020

Nobody bothers to fix things anymore. When they break, we toss them. Your computer is acting funky? Get a new one. Your washing machine is doing the cha-cha? Get a new one. Your TV is on the fritz? Get a new one before the Super Bowl or "Curb Your En... Read More


Three's a Crowd Dec 27, 2019

A few months after his wife died, Jason got a call from Andrea. They're both lawyers — she specializes in family law — and had met many years ago when they'd tried a small case against each other. "I won, but she doesn't recall that," say... Read More