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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Tough week for suburban cops, but they rise to the challenge

Jan 06 2017 | 7:58 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: From the Facebook torture to a missing persons case solved in an hour, our suburban cops performed like pros.

Davis: No kidding, we did find political letters that made our ‘16 faves list

Dec 30 2016 | 4:58 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: The letters that manage to avoid gratuitous snark, those that make an argument, perhaps on a controversial topic, in a persuasive but constructive way, really percolate to the top of our favorites for 2016.

Things haven’t changed a bit since Jan. 27, 1982. Hah!

Dec 16 2016 | 6:03 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: OK, maybe a few things have changed in the newspaper business since the media event I staged on Jan. 27, 1982. Like everything.

The woman who takes your pictures is just grateful to be here

Dec 10 2016 | 7:16 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Daily Herald photographer covered a hospital assignment — but she also was part of the news.

Davis: Here’s an election law legislators should pass

Nov 25 2016 | 11:43 am - Columnist Jim Davis: How hard can this be? Pass a law requiring candidates for public office to be a little more accessible to the public.

Bells and whistles make rebuilt Jane one smart cookie

Nov 20 2016 | 8:41 am - Columnist Jim Davis: After five years and $2.5 billlion, the revamped Jane Addams Tollway is almost ready to roll. It’s also reputed to be the smartest road on the tollway system, along with other spiffs.

Notes on cub reporters and World Series stress texting

Nov 07 2016 | 5:36 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: The morning after stress-texting World Series win wasn’t tiring; it was exhilarating, as my cub reporters went to work.

Clinton, Trump well down list of ‘inspirational’ leaders

Oct 29 2016 | 12:52 pm - Jim Davis: Clinton and Trump don’t fare so well in local pols’ answers about who inspires them.

What to do when Olympic star is caught in rain, traffic?

Oct 15 2016 | 2:59 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Gold medalist Simone Biles was caught in traffic by a storm and had to rush to drop the puck at Hawks game, but our intrepid reporter knows how to salvage the story when a celebrity can’t stop to talk.

Micro-preemie, older caregiver crises offer a ray of hope

Oct 08 2016 | 4:35 pm - From the tiniest of babies to the massive challenges faced by older caregivers, here’s hope that we’re doing some good.

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