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: 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

Grammar Moses: Saving lives, one comma at a time

Nov 19 2016 | 10:55 pm - Careful use of commas avoids a lot of confusion, to say nothing of cannibalism.

Grammar Moses: My folks, they taught me ‘coronate’ is not a word

Nov 12 2016 | 10:55 pm - Grammar Moses: Why ‘coronated’ isn’t a word, and why you shouldn’t use a pronoun immediately after a noun.

Grammar Moses: Writing reflexively on ‘I’ versus ‘me’ confusion

Nov 06 2016 | 8:08 am - Grammar Moses re-examines confusion between “I” and “me” and throws in “himself” for good measure.

Grammar Moses: Why ‘they’ is not a singular pronoun

Oct 29 2016 | 10:57 pm - Grammar Moses: Why ‘they’ isn’t a singular pronoun and not altering quotes

Grammar Moses: I'm not lying — finally a primer on 'lay' and 'lie'

Oct 16 2016 | 10:21 am - Not sure whether to use 'lie' or 'lay'? Here's a primer from Grammar Moses.

Grammar Moses: Insidious oxymorons and other casualties of writing

Oct 08 2016 | 8:36 pm - I was listening to a business report the other day when someone used the term “negative growth.”

Grammar Moses: My je ne sais quoi is wearing thin

Oct 01 2016 | 11:22 pm - One of these days there will be a massive pileup on Algonquin Road, and you’ll have this column to blame.
Allow me to explain.

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