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.


Can He Get out of This Mess? Jun 24, 2018

We recently heard from How Did I Get Into This Mess? His girlfriend's ex-husband, Jack, is in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. Jack has no family or friends and no relationship with his children. His divorce from HDIGITM's girlfriend was very ... Read More


You Have a Fairy Godmother, If You Know Where to Look Jun 23, 2018

I don't believe in fairy tales, but I do believe in fairy godmothers. You have one. All you have to do is look in the mirror. If you don't believe me, just listen to Jennifer's tale. She was 26 with two sons, ages 7 and 3, and had been divorced for a... Read More


I Love It When I'm Right Jun 22, 2018

When we heard from Andrew several years ago, he was involved in a platonic eight-month friendship with a divorced woman who had an abusive childhood and ongoing financial problems. He diagnosed her as having Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He said... Read More