Jim Davis

Deputy Managing Editor
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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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Woodridge’s wild week, St. Charles’ sticky problem

Jun 23 2017 | 5:10 pm - Jim Davis: Woodridge witnesses businesses coming and going, while St. Charles deals with a sticky problem.

A scolding about patriotism prompts a practical solution

Jun 18 2017 | 2:25 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Lauren Zannini of Elgin decried our lack of patriotism; Kay Cahill of Roselle had a good answer.

The Quarry men? How the Sox almost played in Elmhurst

Jun 12 2017 | 10:15 am - Columnist Jim Davis: More than 30 years ago, one guy says DuPage movers and shakers were suggesting the massive Elmhurst Quarry would be a good place for the Chicago White Sox to play ball.

Davis: ‘Before I die’ challenge leads to an unforgettable night

May 27 2017 | 6:00 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Garage band guy’s ‘before I die’ answer prompts stage show with rock star Himmelman.

High schooler’s plea to end pressure strikes chord with all

May 19 2017 | 6:24 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: A Naperville North student’s petition to end school’s “pressure culture” caught the attention of school leaders, mental health experts — and our readers.

Feder column adds new dimension to Daily Herald

May 05 2017 | 5:04 pm - Jim Davis: It was quite the first week for the new team of Robert Feder and the Daily Herald.

Why the deaths of Isaac and Teresa Vatkin touch all of us

Apr 28 2017 | 5:53 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Story of couple married 69 years who died holding hands strikes a chord with all of us.

Davis: News ‘fun’ ranges from serious to silly

Apr 15 2017 | 12:14 am - Columnist Jim Davis: From writing about reunited Syrian refugees to talking to Ed Asner about his prostate, our staff shows an array of ways to have fun in their work.

Facts: Fergie in Schaumburg, Elgin’s key role on TV series

Apr 07 2017 | 5:49 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: From the forgotten war to a Hall of Famer coming to Schaumburg to Elgin’s key role in “Roseanne” — just a few of the things you can learn in the newsroom.

Daughter’s heroin death: A painful but crucial story to tell

Mar 25 2017 | 4:11 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Man on a mission to combat the drug that took his daughter starts by sharing his pain.

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