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Vikki Ortiz

Vikki Ortiz is a general assignment Metro reporter and Health & Family columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She specializes in human interest stories about family trends, special needs and remarkable people in everyday settings. She joined the Chicago Tribune in 2007 after working as a reporter at The Seattle Times, The Washington Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At the Milwaukee paper, she wrote a weekly column about single life and dating. Proving that life just keeps moving along, today her columns at the Tribune follow her parenting adventures with her husband, Shawn, their children and a dog.
As students plan walkouts for gun reform, schools ‘keep their eyes open’ for 4/20-related activity

Some students across the Chicago area are planning to walk out of class Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, to support gun reform. But their message is getting a little lost in the weeds: April 20 also is widely known as National Get High Day.

14 years after giving birth in her bedroom, mom, ‘shoebox baby’ and nurse share story on ‘The Doctors’

Nearly 14 years after Cherish Coates' baby arrived in a shoebox at a Rockford Hospital and nurse Jeannie Joseph helped nurse him back to health, the women's reunion story will air Tuesday on "The Doctors."

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