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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

Bill Stanley, 58, of Field Museum dies in Ethiopia 10/6/2015
When he'd hear "roars of laughter coming from downstairs or around the corner," Larry Heaney said, he knew that his colleague, leading Field Museum scientist Bill Stanley, was giving one of his renowned tours of the museum's mammals collection. "People were just captivated," Heaney said. "Bill was...

Man given 40 years in prison in cold case murder of teenage mother 10/6/2015
A Cook County judge sentenced a man to 40 years in prison Tuesday for killing a teenage mother more than two decades ago, a decision that left the victim's aunt bitterly disappointed. Tiffany Lindsey's 1-year-old son had been found crawling on her bloodied body in 1991, authorities said. The cold...

Emanuel rejects call by black aldermen to fire top cop 10/6/2015
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy got a vote of confidence Tuesday from Mayor Rahm Emanuel before facing a barrage of criticism at a City Council budget hearing from black aldermen who just a day earlier called for his firing. McCarthy's annual afternoon in the hot seat in the council chambers...

ESPN cuts sponsored DraftKings content from shows 10/6/2015
ESPN is cutting sponsored DraftKings content from within shows but continues broadcasting commercials from the daily fantasy sports site. That's according to ESPN Outside the Lines host Bob Ley, who revealed the shift during his show Tuesday. The change at the sports network comes as daily fantasy...

What makes Cubs ace Jake Arrieta so good? 10/6/2015
For one of the few times this season, Jake Arrieta was supposed to be on a short leash. But as his pitch count climbed, so did his dominance. Arrieta was allowed to pitch a 122-pitch shutout against the Twins in Minneapolis on June 21 that manager Joe Maddon described as a "seminal moment" in the...