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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

Clinton used private email for government business at State Department 3/3/2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account for her official government business when she was secretary of state and did not routinely preserve and turn over those emails for government records collection, the State Department said on Monday.

Execution of Georgia woman postponed over problem with lethal drug 3/3/2015
Georgia officials, citing problems with the drug that would be used for lethal injection, postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday.

Artist: Clinton museum portrait has nod to Lewinsky's dress 3/2/2015
A museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress, said the painting's artist.

Union members speak out against right-to-work in Wisconsin 3/2/2015
Electricians, pipe fitters, carpenters and other union members opposed to making Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state dominated more than 11 hours of testimony Monday on a fast-tracked proposal expected to pass the Legislature later in the week and be signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

Price would be steep if Bears try to sign safety Devin McCourty 3/2/2015
If the Bears want to take one giant leap to solve a long-standing issue at safety, a pricey fix will likely be available.