Jim Baumann

Assistant 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 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.

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Grammar Moses: Good communicators are good readers, too

Aug 29 2015 | 12:54 pm - Grammar Moses says good communicators are good readers, because those who merely hear language are more likely to be limited by the effectiveness of those they hear.

Grammar Moses: A give-and-take on ‘bring’ and ‘take’

Aug 22 2015 | 9:53 am - Grammar Moses offers a give-and-take on ‘bring’ and ‘take’ and explains the difference between acronyms and initialisms.

Grammar Moses: Is ‘couple’ a collective noun? Depends

Aug 15 2015 | 7:57 am - Grammar Moses explores whether "couple" takes a singular or plural verb (it depends) and why it's a bad idea to have "incredible" eyewitnesses.

Grammar Moses: On me, myself and I. Or what’s wrong with me?

Aug 08 2015 | 6:05 pm - Grammar Moses explores the objective and subjective cases, asking the question, "What's wrong with me?"

Grammar Moses: On fuzzy math and pleading the Fifth

Aug 01 2015 | 3:35 pm - Grammar Moses talks about how careless language can distort an advertising message and how the colloquial verb "pled" is just fine to use - if you don't work for a newspaper.

Infrequently Asked Questions: Ironman athlete Brandon Orna

Aug 01 2015 | 9:56 pm - What happens in an ironman race when you have to go to the bathroom? Brandon Orna of Carpentersville reveals all in this week's INfrequently Asked Questions features.

Grammar Moses: Writing with clarity is knowing your audience

Jul 26 2015 | 1:03 pm - Grammar Moses tackles the misuse of the preposition "like" and the importance of understanding one's audience.

Grammar Moses: This Dude can’t abide

Jul 18 2015 | 10:43 pm - All of a sudden, Grammar Moses learns the difference between "abide" and "adhere."

Introducing Grammar Moses, a new interactive column on all things related to clear writing

Jul 11 2015 | 9:05 pm - Daily Herald Managing Editor Jim Baumann is passionate about clear writing. Each week, his Grammar Moses column will treat/torture you with a new set of grammar bugaboos picked from reading, watching and listening.

Images: An Hour in East Dundee

May 01 2015 | 10:54 am - I live in Carpentersville, but over the years I've spent a fair amount of time in neighboring East Dundee. I spent an hour on Election Day cruising around town shooting that which sets East Dundee apart from other towns. With a dramatic reimagining...

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