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Colleen Thomas

Assistant Opinion Page Editor
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As assistant Opinion page editor, Colleen Thomas works to ensure the page's presentation offers a lively mix of ideas and opinion, both local and national in scope. She writes editorials, chooses and edits letters to the editor, and handles the editorial cartoons and syndicated and guest columnists for the page. In addition, she designs, organizes and paginates the Opinion page daily. She is a member of the editorial board.

Thomas, who joined the staff in 1988, formerly worked on the night copy desk and gained expertise in matters of newspaper style. She compiled the current Daily Herald style manual and as the newsroom's "style guru" makes decisions on word usage for writers and editors. While on the copy desk she at various times also served as weekend news editor, page designer, local news coordinator and wire editor.

A former Part-Time Employee of the Year, Thomas previously wrote a weekly community column for Rolling Meadows and has contributed several pieces for Daily Herald features sections.

She is a communications graduate of Brigham Young University and lives in the Northwest suburbs with her husband and children.

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