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Janet Rausa Fuller

Reporter/Producer @jrfull Contact

Janet is a Freelance Reporter/Producer at DNAinfo.com Chicago covering food and drink.

She comes to DNAinfo.com after 13 years at the Sun-Times, the last four as food editor. She joined the paper in 1998 as a sports editorial assistant. She was a features reporter and general assignment metro reporter, during which time she started a food news beat.

Janet has been nominated twice for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, for a 2007 story that used DNA testing to show mislabeling of fish at sushi restaurants and a 2011 series about a 57-year-old beginner home cook.

A Kansas native, Janet attended the University of Illinois at Chicago on a tennis scholarship and worked for three years at the American Bar Association before journalism came calling. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Irving Park neighborhood, dangerously close to Hot Doug's, Urban Belly and Kuma's.

Fun fact: In 1999, Janet ate nine Krispy Kremes in the car from Midway Airport to the Sun-Times. She worked the night shift that evening with no ill effects.


Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 30, 2016

Simple food, decent prices and stellar neon signs — that's what these eateries seem to have in common.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park, Roscoe Village & North Center »

May 23, 2016

The "Strange Famous" burger at The Bad Apple is named for indie hip-hop star Sage Francis.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 17, 2016

BURGER MONTH: The $16 burger satisfies what chef Amanda Downing calls a yearning for the holiday meal.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

May 12, 2016

Phil Tadros will launch Funded Foods, a crowdfunding platform for small food startups, in June.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park, Roscoe Village & North Center »

May 10, 2016

Sales of The Zen of Slow Cooking spice blends help fund programs for adults with disabilities.

Rogers Park & Edgewater »

May 9, 2016

VPT's Blackhawk Burger is stuffed with cheese and jalapenos. Lettuce adds a light touch.

Back of the Yards & Brighton Park »

April 15, 2016

Jana Kinsman of Bike A Bee makes house calls, teaches beekeeping classes and sells honey.

Lakeview & Wrigleyville »

April 7, 2016

Owners Linda and Abby Lerner are researching how to get into the gourmet pot brownies market.