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.