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: 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...

Our new gallery offers fresh perspective on your suburbs

Mar 08 2015 | 8:45 am - We're kicking off a new weekly feature that's a travelogue of sorts to introduce you to towns in the suburbs you may not have visited before – or to give you a different look at ones you know very well. Welcome to “An Hour in...

Join the Daily Herald for a chat on social media

Dec 31 2014 | 7:17 pm - The modern newspaper is no longer just a place to find out information - it's a hub of conversation where you can give as much as you get. Join us on social media to get the full experience.

Letter to Our Readers: Believe Project continues

Dec 30 2014 | 8:03 pm - Letter to Our Readers: Thanks to the generosity of readers like you, we will continue mailing out $100 bills to those who pledge to pay it forward and publishing those stories under the guise of The Believe Project.

Driving the speed limit on tollway gets angry looks

Nov 04 2014 | 2:04 pm - Who drives the speed limit these days? Three drivers — counting me — on a 16-mile stretch of the Jane Addams Tollway I drove at 10:30 a.m. Election Day. I wanted to see what it would be like to drive 55 mph on a stretch of road I take...

National Newspaper Week: Why grammar is important

Oct 10 2014 | 7:29 am - I don't remember exactly when Grammar Moses was born, but I do recall administering regular quizzes to the small group of people with whom I worked when I adopted my first editing job at the Daily Herald 24 years ago. I was working with people who...

Forum for drugs, teens set for end of January

Apr 04 2014 | 6:42 pm - As a community outreach project following the publication of the Daily Herald’s four-day series on the rise in heroin and club drug use in the suburbs, the newspaper will sponsor a panel discussion: “The Hidden Scourge: A Community...

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