Donna Vickroy was born on Chicago’s South Side and spent most of her formative years in the south suburbs, sharing a small bungalow with five siblings. She is a graduate of Richards High School in Oak Lawn and Illinois State University, where she spent two illuminating years working for the Daily Vidette. She began at the Daily Southtown back when it was called the Southtown Economist. She’s been a reporter, columnist and editor and has dabbled a bit in promotions, organizing contests for the Food and Family sections. Vickroy has received numerous commendations, including the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award, as well as Associated Press and Illinois Press Association honors. She currently lives in Tinley Park with her husband, two daughters and their adorable but spoiled rotten silky terrier, Handsome Ted. When she isn't scouring the Southland in search of poignant stories to share, she enjoys long walks, reading, gardening, cooking, astronomy, travel and Chicago Cubs baseball (especially when they win).