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Jim Davis

Director of News & Matrix Operations/DuPage & Fox Bureaus
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DuPage Editor and Manager Jim Davis joined the Daily Herald in 1978. He worked as a reporter, assistant city editor and city editor before he was named DuPage editor in 1990.

In that role, he oversees operation of the DuPage County staff from the newspaper's office in Lisle. He directly supervises the metro staff, which includes reporters covering courts/legal affairs and county government. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Jim began his journalism career as the DuPage County reporter for the now-shuttered Daily Journal in Wheaton.

His reporting duties for the Daily Herald included coverage of Wheeling, Des Plaines and a stint as general assignment reporter. As an assistant city editor, he was in charge of the Daily Herald's initial foray into DuPage County, which started in 1985 with coverage of Bloomingdale, Medinah and Roselle. Jim also oversaw the growth of the newspaper into numerous other DuPage communities.

His lone personal journalism award is for spot news coverage during a his reporting tenure, but he is happy to bask in the reflected glow of his talented staff, which has won many awards. Jim began writing a weekly column in 2003 -- a behind-the-scenes look at the issues facing the newspaper, the stories it covers and the details about the newsgathering process. It appears on Fridays in the DuPage editions.

A graduate of Naperville Central High School, Jim has lived in DuPage County for more than 40 years, mostly in Naperville. He and his wife now live in Aurora.

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Making sure pols don’t fly under the voters’ radar

Sep 21 2014 | 6:50 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: While the gubernatorial candidates drop political bombs on each other, hundreds of others are running for less-conspicuous offices. It's the Daily Herald's mission to make sure you have a chance to learn about all of them.

Davis: Endless quest to see what elected leaders are up to

Aug 30 2014 | 10:50 am - What do DuPage Forest Preserve District commissioners, College of DuPage trustees and Kaneland school board members have in common? All have exhibited some interesting behavior of late when it comes to transparency, says Jim Davis, news director for...

High school drinking still strikes a chord

Aug 16 2014 | 4:20 pm - When it comes to teens and drinking and enforcement thereof, everyone seems to have a strong opinion -- as evidenced by the tumult over the suspension of about 30 athletes at Glenbard West High School, writes Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news...

Town shuts down; school boss quits; horse racing ban

Aug 08 2014 | 5:33 pm - Soapboxing: A reporter's busy week runs the gamut from a town shutting down to horse racing in McHenry County; the heroin epidemic rages on; pension payouts approach salaries. Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director, tackles these topics.

Never too late to enter our fave letters sweepstakes

Jul 28 2014 | 9:57 am - Getting a spot to watch a Glen Ellyn parade. Bemoaning how we abound with "driverless cars." A "coward" who peppered a yard with mothballs to harm a dog. All are topics for our annual favorite letters feature, writes Jim Davis, news director for the...

Heroic cabbie, oil change guys and COD

Jul 21 2014 | 3:38 pm - DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis gets on his Soapbox about heroes who drive cabs and work at Jiffy Lube -- and the war of words at College of DuPage.

Survey says: Naperville snobbish, New Lenox boring

Jun 22 2014 | 3:10 pm - Naperville boasts on its website no fewer than 113 awards the city has won. But will it list its latest distiction: fourth-snobbiest town in the nation, according to a real estate blog that also named Rolling Meadows the second-most boring town in...

Route 31-72 intersection work finished

Jun 18 2014 | 5:10 pm - The widening of the intersection at Routes 31 and 72 in West Dundee was declared finished Wednesday. The $2.96 million project resulted in new turning lanes to accommodate more cars. Daily traffic volumes were projected to increase to 61,200...

Semi-iconic Route 59 full of traffic tales

Jun 15 2014 | 9:55 am - From a "diverging diamond" on I-88 to Roma D'Italia in Bartlett, Route 59 has its share of interesting tales, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

Despite troubling news, there’s plenty to inspire

Jun 08 2014 | 4:28 pm - Amid much troubling news, even in the suburbs, there's still an ample supply of uplifting -- if not necessarily happy -- stories, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director. From college kids biking across the nation to fight cancer to the...

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