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Julie Deardorff
Reporter, Specialist
My Role

I’m an award-winning journalist who currently covers health, fitness and medicine for the Chicago Tribune’s investigative reporter/consumer watchdog team. I also created the Chicago Tribune’s first health blog, “Julie’s Health Club.” I started my career at the Tribune 20 years ago as a sportswriter. I’ve also worked as a national correspondent, an environmental reporter, a health columnist and have been part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team. Since 2004, I’ve focused on science and health issues, covering a range of topics that frequently dovetail with my own personal interests.
My Biography

1. As a sportswriter, I only had one notable lockerroom incident. A naked Milwaukee Bucks player jumped up and down behind me while I conducted my interview, trying to make his teammates laugh. It worked.

2. Pre-motherhood, I traveled to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, Vietnam, Zambia, Tokyo, Europe and the Philippines. Now I just go to Target.

3. I’m a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.

4. My great-grandfather, Laban Deardorff, invented the Deardorff portrait camera.

4. My job during the Illinois Class AA girls’ high school state basketball championship was to throw the ball to Katie Meier, who is now the women’s head coach at the University of Miami.

5. I started keeping a journal in 4th grade, after reading "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" and "Harriet the Spy." I've kept one ever since.

6. My husband is my role model for fitness and good nutrition.

7. I’ve been a vegetarian since 1985.

8. My holy trinity: Nutrition, exercise, sleep.

9. After college, I worked for Frank DeFord at the nation's first and only sports newspaper, The National.

10. I've delivered a 9.2-pound baby without pain medication and completed two Ironman triathlons. Both events were life-changing. Motherhood is more satisfying.

My Interests

Green living, meditation, exercise as medicine, nutrition, child and maternal health and environmental health. I’m a wife, mom of two boys, yogi, and year-round bike commuter.
My Recent Articles

1 dead, 11 wounded in separate West, South side shootings 12/22/2014
A 44-year-old man was killed and at least eleven others, including an 8-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl, were wounded since Sunday in separate shootings on the city's West and South sides.

1 dead, 3 hospitalized in wrong-way Lake Shore Drive crash 12/22/2014
One person was killed and three others were hospitalized after a wrong-way accident on Lake Shore Drive early Monday morning.

1 killed after shooting leads to police pursuit 12/21/2014
A high-speed police pursuit turned deadly after the driver of a car suspected in a shooting died in a crash on the city's South Side.

New York mayor de Blasio faces backlash following police shootings 12/21/2014
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States.

Chicago-based Cards Against Humanity doles out pieces of Maine island 12/21/2014
A quarter of a million participants in a Chicago game-maker's holiday fundraising campaign can now lay claim to small pieces of an island in Maine that the company bought this year and renamed "Hawaii 2," according to Max Temkin, a co-creator of the popular party game Cards Against Humanity.