Jerry Davich has written thousands of stories, columns, and essays about myriad issues, people, and situations - including the last days of a woman with terminal cancer in a hospice; flying upside down in a U.S. Thunderbirds fighter jet at 9.2 G's; visiting New York City's Ground Zero just days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; witnessing a coroner perform an autopsy; and skydiving out of a plane with a tape recorder in hand. Still, his goals remain the same: To shine a light on society's darkest corners, to offer a voice to the voiceless, and to profile ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances.
Along the way, Jerry has won more than 40 state or national awards from various journalism organizations, and he has recently completed his first book, "Connections: Everyone Happens for a Reason."
Jerry lives in Portage, Indiana, and never leaves home without his pen, his notebook and, most importantly, his curiosity.
E-mail Jerry at email@example.com
Young moms take on breast cancer
May 14, 2013
Three moms of young children share how breast cancer changed their lives.
Local parents trying to spread word about disorder that changed their lives
July 27, 2012
A Naperville family is trying to help others understand an often misdiagnosed disorder called PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections.) What you need to know.
Help for Matthew
September 8, 2011
TV show brings to light little boy's plight
Kids rocker Ralph's World plans two benefit concerts for Mitochondrial disease
June 27, 2011
Kids’ rocker Ralph Covert is hosting two benefit shows for one little girl, her family and other people with Mitochondrial disease.
Chicago family comes to grips with genetic disorder
April 27, 2011
For one Plainfield family, a spin of the genetic wheel went terribly wrong, but they say they find hope and happiness in every day.
Out of life's lemons, disabled Chicago cop makes applesauce
March 17, 2011
After a gunshot left him paralyzed, a Chicago police officer turned to his mother's old-fashioned applesauce recipe.
In adoption, Chicago family felt helpless to combat little girl's special needs
January 25, 2011 - Comments (2)
It's been seven months since Lori and Craig Gertz sent their adopted daughter to live with another family across the country, and phantoms of that agonizing choice are apparent in their Long Grove home.
A Day in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
August 24, 2010 - Comments (2)
At the neonatal intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, premature and at-risk babies, some weighing less than a loaf of bread, are rescued, cradled and cuddled. Parents visit daily for feedings. Some babies never make it home to see their siblings.
Pediatricians confess: We don't always follow our own advice
July 21, 2010
No baby bottles in the crib. No pacifiers for school-age kids. No sweets before bed. These staples of advice are dispensed to parents across the country, but sometimes aren't even heeded by the pediatricians who give them.
Twin complications: One healthy, one not
June 23, 2010 - Comments (2)
Parents walk a fine line when one sibling has special needs and the other doesn't. And when the kids are twins, it's even harder.