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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.


Logan Square & Humboldt Park »

April 6, 2016

The new Metropolitan Farms aquaponics greenhouse offers whole tilapia for $4 a pound.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

March 15, 2016

Restaurant nominees include Alinea in Lincoln Park and Topolobampo in River North.

Lakeview & Wrigleyville »

March 15, 2016

Chicago chefs are catching on to this trendy ingredient from a large South American fish called pacu.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

March 9, 2016

Acadia's Ryan McCaskey asked for Vermont farmer Diane St. Clair's butter for months; she finally agreed.

Rogers Park & Edgewater »

February 29, 2016

The Western Avenue tavern with a famous neon marquee has started offering Detroit-style pan pizza.

Lakeview & Wrigleyville »

February 25, 2016

Sisters Maggie Martin and Grace Bahn started a business selling their hometown's beloved treat.

Hyde Park & Kenwood »

February 11, 2016

The company started a nutrition education pilot program at Ray Elementary with plans to expand.

Back of the Yards & Brighton Park »

February 2, 2016

The company, which at one point had 120 vendors, announced the closure on email and social media.