435 N. Michigan Avenue
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Chicago, IL
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

Illinois women's basketball investigation finds no wrongdoing, discrimination 8/3/2015
An independent investigation launched by the university into claims of racial discrimination on the Illinois women's basketball team showed no wrongdoing.

Girl, 11, describes fatal tent collapse in Wood Dale: 'It sounded like terror' 8/3/2015
Bella Salgado was thinking of going on the Giant Drop ride at Wood Dale Prairie Fest when something about the sky scared the 11-year-old.

Crews determining whether Lake County hit by tornado 8/3/2015
Emergency crews were combing the north and northwest suburbs Monday morning, assessing the damage from two strong bands of storms that crisscrossed the Chicago area and possibly spawned a tornado in Lake County where the roof of the Grayslake Central High School was torn away.

Bat boy, 9, dies after being hit by swing during game in Wichita, Kan. 8/3/2015
A 9-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas.

Players try to save baseball from its own stupid self 8/3/2015
The sparkling new video board flashes a message that warns fans to be alert for objects flying into the stands.