Jim Baumann

Vice President/Managing Editor
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Jim Baumann began his career at the Daily Herald in 1985 as a police reporter after having done summer internships at the then-weekly Lake County Herald papers in 1983 and the Rockford Register Star in 1984.

Jim, who grew up in Arlington Heights and attended Prospect High School, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Prospect during the 2007-08 school year. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a degree in journalism. Jim covered the police beat and several towns in Cook and DuPage counties as a reporter for the Daily Herald and was named editor of its Neighbor section in DuPage in 1990. He became an assistant city editor soon after and left the DuPage bureau in 1995 to open an office in Elgin. He ran that bureau for two years before opening another bureau in St. Charles. He returned to Elgin in 2003 as manager and editor of the bureau.

In November 2012 he was named Managing Editor; in April 2013 he was named Assistant Vice President and in April 2016 he was named Vice President. He provides daily direction of the editorial department and develops the front page each day. He also serves on the editorial board and is a regular contributor to the editorial page.

Jim has won Peter Lisagor awards for editorial writing and - along with many other editors and reporters - for coverage of the school bus/train disaster in Fox River Grove that claimed the lives of seven students. One of the projects he is most proud of was an exploration of the growing influence of heroin in the suburbs, which culminated in a town hall session that drew about 900 people. Jim won an Elgin Image Award in 1996 and again in 2004.

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Grammar Moses: To be, or not to be: that is a dilemma

Jan 15 2017 | 12:03 am - Grammar Moses: To be, or not to be — it’s both the question and Hamlet’s dilemma

Grammar Moses: Which word, then, shall I use: Then or than?

Jan 07 2017 | 11:15 pm - Not sure when to use than or then? Before your mom (we’re looking at you, Patricia Browall of Prospect Heights!) outs you to a newspaper columnist, check out what Grammar Moses has to say.

Grammar Moses: I resolve to effect change in my grammar, one affectation at a time

Jan 01 2017 | 12:12 am - Happy New Year!
I apologize if the exclamation caused your head additional harm.
You’re going to be all you can be. I just know it.
Starting tomorrow, when the gym is open.

Grammar Moses: Who put the ‘X’ in ‘Xmas’?

Dec 25 2016 | 12:06 am - Many people are offended by the word “Xmas” and consider it a modern-day de-Christing of Christmas. That might be true for some, but there is precedent for it that goes way back.

Grammar Moses: Help me on my quixotic quest to eradicate bad grammar

Dec 17 2016 | 9:50 pm - Grammar Moses asks for your help on his quixotic quest to eradicate bad grammar.

‘The Luxe Life’ named Best Martini in the ’Burbs

Dec 12 2016 | 10:16 pm - “The Luxe Life” was named the Daily Herald’s Best Martini in the ’Burbs in a mix-off Monday night at Drink nightclub in Schaumburg.

Grammar Moses: Give me a break — a good break

Dec 10 2016 | 10:54 pm - I’ve had a few bad breaks in my day.
I’m talking of headlines, of course.

Grammar Moses: Which conveys meaning better — spoken or written word?

Nov 26 2016 | 11:33 pm - The advantage of the spoken word over the written word is the ability to use inflection to convey meaning.
The trouble with email, they say, is that something is lost in translation. Tone and sometimes meaning can be grossly misinterpreted.

Believe Project 2016: Tell us who should be given $100

Nov 24 2016 | 4:15 pm - The Believe Project is all about paying it forward. An anonymous donor supplies us with 31 envelopes, each containing a $100 bill, and we mail them out to those of you who submit the most compelling stories for helping out someone in need. Who do...

Believe Project 2016: Tell us who should be given $100

Nov 23 2016 | 2:51 pm - Believe Project 2016: Tell us who could use $100

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