About Victoria Lautman

She's On Radio

Over the years, Victoria Lautman has become for many the most distinctive and thoughtful voice to be heard in Chicago’s world of arts, culture, and the humanities. As host and producer of Writers on the Record with Victoria Lautman, Victoria created the city's premier author-interview series, inaugurated in September 2004 and ending in June 2010. The series drew some of the most significant national and international authors to Chicago, including Russell Banks, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Diaz, Lionel Shriver, Martin Amis, Anne Lamott, Jay McInerney, Mary Gaitskill and many others. Each hour-long interview took place before a live audience and was broadcast on 98.7WFMT Radio.

Prior to establishing this free, public series, Victoria was a featured host and contributor on Chicago Public Radio for two decades, beginning as a free-lance arts reviewer. These accessible and insightful reviews proved popular and eventually led to Victoria’s own arts and culture magazine program, “Artistic License”, which aired for eight years. When a new daily magazine, “848”, started up, Victoria signed on as a regular interviewer and contributor on a wide variety of subjects, including not only arts and culture but also medicine, education, and other complex issues. Her personal essays on day-to-day life were a regular feature of the program.

She's In Print

Don’t be surprised if you’ve seen Victoria’s byline in over a dozen publications, since her background includes stints as Chicago Editor for Metropolitan Home Magazine, Art & Auction, Architectural Record, and HG. She’s also been a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, and has written for Interview, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, USA Today, The Chicago Sun-Times, and the Huffington Post. Her best-selling art book, The New Tattoo, from Abbeville Press, was first published in 1994.

... And On TV too

Maybe you’ve seen Victoria on one of the television stations she’s been associated with over the years: on the Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW-Ch.11 as a regular contributor to the Emmy award-winning programs “Artbeat Chicago” and “Chicago Tonight”; as a segment host and producer on WBBM-Ch.2’s award-winning magazine show, “Eye On Chicago”; or, years ago, as a regular culture correspondent for WMAQ-Ch.5’s afternoon news report.

How Did She Learn All This?

While most of what Victoria knows she learned by listening and not talking, she also has an M.A. in Art History from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from the University of New Mexico. Victoria also attended Merton College at Oxford University for archeological field training, and spent one summer digging through Bronze Age garbage in the Scottish Hebrides.