Jim Baumann

Assistant Vice President/Managing Editor
  • Phone(847) 427-4555
  • Emailjbaumann@dailyherald.com
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

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 and in April 2013 named Assistant 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 won a Peter Lisagor award, along with many other editors and reporters, for his 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.

Complete the form below to send Jim a message

Your full name
Your e-mail address
Your phone number
Your message
items 1-10 out of 54

Grammar Moses: Why discriminate against the simplicity of ‘L’?

Feb 06 2016 | 3:57 pm - What’s bothering Grammar Moses about the Super Bowl? Not the X’s and O’s of football, but the X’s and L’s and V’s and I’s that are taking a break from this year’s game.

Grammar Moses on percentages, incidences ‑ hey, is this a grammar column?

Jan 30 2016 | 7:38 am - Years ago when Cook County officials first talked about raising its sales tax rate to 10 percent from 9 percent, I heard discussions and read words describing it as a 1 percent tax increase.
Were that only the case.

Grammar Moses: On contraction overload and why I hate “not to mention”

Jan 23 2016 | 11:31 pm - A Palatine reader who wishes to remain anonymous noted that I wrote, “But it’s not really about ...”

Grammar Moses: Benign problems with air travel

Jan 16 2016 | 11:10 pm - If you’re sitting in coach right now, it’s probably best to save this column for your destination.
Otherwise, dig right in.

Grammar Moses: Mind your P’s and Q’s and ofs

Jan 09 2016 | 11:54 pm - Grammar Moses: Want to lose a few inches? Take a look at the number of “ofs” in your writing.

Grammar Moses: Rein, reign, go away, unless you spell it right today

Jan 03 2016 | 7:11 am - Today, I hand over the reins to two sagacious people — one of whom I’ve never met and one with whom I share a wall and an abiding love for words.

Grammar Moses serves up some Christmas leftovers

Dec 27 2015 | 7:48 am - Judging from the response to last Sunday’s 12 nuggets of word choice fun, here are 12 more Christmas cookies before you get back on the wagon.


Presently or currently?

Grammar Moses: Twelve word choices with which to stuff your stocking

Dec 19 2015 | 11:10 pm - On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
An unabridged dictionary.

Grammar Moses: When details don’t matter, why provide them?

Dec 12 2015 | 6:24 pm - Grammar Moses says it's fine to say "I'm going to the dentist," because I probably don't care which one you see.

Grammar Moses: Why you can’t have a first annual anything

Dec 05 2015 | 7:46 am - Grammar Moses addresses the potential for ambiguity in the "try and" construction.

items 1-10 out of 54

Latest Tweets