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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

In NFL address, Roger Goodell did little to lift his sagging image 1/30/2015
PHOENIX — On the front page of Friday's Arizona Republic, a photo of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell showed Goodell in a shirt and slacks teaching proper tackling technique at a youth football skills clinic.

Australian paper mocked for calling 'The Thorn Birds' author plain, overweight in obituary 1/30/2015
Australia's largest newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight.

Quiet snow season to rev up as city braces for major snowfall 1/30/2015
Chicago's snowfall for the 2014-15 season has been subpar to date, with the city's 15.5-inch total through Friday nearly 5 inches below normal. The biggest snowfall was just 4 inches Jan. 4-5. That is likely to change big-time as the city braces for a major storm that could bring double-digit...

Measles cases in outbreak linked to Disney swell to 107 1/30/2015
More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday.

OSHA to investigate after worker, 45, dies in construction accident 1/30/2015
OSHA opened an investigation into the death of a 45-year-old man, who was killed Friday after being crushed in a construction accident in the Near North Side neighborhood.