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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

Michael Brown's dad hands out turkeys to residents amid ongoing protests 11/22/2014
An uneasy quiet settled over Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday evening after another day without a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen.

Bill Cosby says he does not have to 'answer to innuendos' 11/22/2014
Comedian Bill Cosby spoke out against a wave of sexual assault allegations but told a Florida publication he does not have to "answer to innuendos."

$900K bail for man accused in fatal East Hyde Park shooting 11/22/2014
The attorney for a man charged in a Friday fatal shooting called the incident a “total accident” in which his client fatally shot his friend.

Impaired Divvy bicyclist hit by 2 cars on Lake Shore Drive 11/22/2014
A highly intoxicated man riding a Divvy bike was struck by two cars and critically injured early Saturday morning on Lake Shore Drive, police said.

Kitten makes 2,300-mile trip home for the holidays 11/22/2014
An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine.