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.


Not All Singles Are Swinging Dec 16, 2018

Dear Cheryl: I'm 43 years old and single but far from a "swinging" single. I've barely had any sexual experience at all. I'm so shy I panic when I try to ask a woman out. The older I get, the worse the panic attacks get. I guess they come from having... Read More


Hey, Grandpa, What Did You Do in the '60s? Dec 15, 2018

Children, gather 'round. If your parents or grandparents came of age in the '60s, they might not have always been the old fuddy-duddies they are today. They may have indulged in the very behavior they've warned you about ... Dennis was in college du... Read More


She Feels Pretty, Oh, So Pretty! Dec 14, 2018

Today's column is about women who prey on married men, wives who are sometimes too tired to be affectionate and daughters who avoid their parents' mistakes ... ANNE: I used to know a woman who'd been the victim of incest for several years. She ratio... Read More