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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

Oregon judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds 9/4/2015
Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said Friday.

Bears begin final roster cuts 9/4/2015
Veteran inside linebacker Mason Foster and tight end Dante Rosario were among the Chicago Bears' first wave of cuts Friday as the team moved to reduce its roster from 75 to 53 players by Saturday's 3 p.m. deadline.

Blackhawks mum on whether Kane will be at preseason camp 9/4/2015
The Blackhawks return to the ice in two weeks, but the team still won't say whether Patrick Kane will lace up his skates alongside his teammates.

More videos, DNA analyzed in Fox Lake manhunt 9/4/2015
Investigators are hoping several new video recordings brought forward, and being processed by federal agencies, could help produce a break in the pursuit of three men suspected of killing Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, authorities said Friday.

Friday's recap: Cubs 14, Diamondbacks 5 9/4/2015
The Cubs offense came alive early and stayed that way as they belted four home runs to hammer the Diamondbacks 14-5 for their second victory in three games in the first of a three-game set Friday at Wrigley Field.