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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Parents who lose a child face overwhelming loss with few resources
February 11, 2010
The death of a child with special needs can leave parents at a loss, with too few support groups and agencies to deal with such special-needs bereavement, experts say.
New government study shows autism on the rise
October 21, 2009 - Comments (12)
A new national report says 1 in 91 American kids have autism. That's a drastic difference from earlier estimates. But what do these new numbers mean, and how are they changing the fight against the nation's fastest-growing developmental disorder?
Two boys, one mother failed by the system
September 28, 2009 - Comments (1)
When relationships crumble, what you can do to protect your kids' safety.
Adopting a child with special needs brings challenges, great rewards
September 2, 2009
Since Anne O'Hara adopted a special-needs girl in 2006, many people have asked her, "Do you know what you're getting into?" She tells them she signed up to be as mother -- and all that comes with it -- just like any parent.