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.


It's A Disease, Not a Sentence Sep 16, 2018

Dear Cheryl: I have epilepsy, which has made my life difficult, both medically and financially. When I tell people about it and what it entails, they (friends, family, authority figures, such as police officers and doctors) tell me it must dictate my... Read More


She Had to Leave Him to Find Herself Sep 15, 2018

We recently met Shelley, who endured physical and verbal abuse from her husband Harry because he had convinced her she was worthless. Her one act of rebellion was her correspondence with an old boyfriend. Her tale continues ... After Harry found out ... Read More


How a Pretty Good Marriage Turned Into a Nightmare Sep 14, 2018

Shelley and Harry married when they were 22, and everything was "pretty good." They had a baby, lucrative careers and a nice social life. Then they had another baby and things began to change. "Harry became more demanding," Shelley says. "He said I ... Read More