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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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One geezer’s rebuttal to the knock on Aurora

Aug 28 2015 | 9:23 pm - Aurora scored 147th among the 150 biggest towns in the nation as the best place to retire. That's an outrage, says DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis, a former resident of Aurora.

Couldn’t be more apart on 30-year toll bridge plan

Jul 31 2015 | 7:03 pm - Yes, people who live near road expansions tend not to like them. But the 30-year plan to expand Longmeadow Parkway and build a toll bridge has drawn out wildly different opinions on its impact and history, says Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news...

Davis: Bedbugs, bowling, quilting among our highlights

Jul 11 2015 | 10:28 pm - What do bedbugs, turkey testicles, O'Hare noise, 10,000 quilts and a closed bowling alley have in common? All were topics broached in the Daily Herald. DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis tells you why they were his faves.

Davis: WWII vet’s death puts life, work into perspective

Jul 02 2015 | 6:23 pm - The death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran touched a 26-year-old reporter in a way few stories do. And it reminded her-- and many of us in the newsroom -- what there is to love about the newspaper business, writes Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley...

Davis: Hawks top a week of coverage we’d call joyous

Jun 21 2015 | 8:42 am - Yes, it's been a ton of work, but our coverage of the Blackhawks this past week has been a labor of love, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

Davis: Strip clubs, saving small birds — all in a week’s work

Jun 01 2015 | 10:27 am - The link between a group dedicated to saving small migratory birds that crash into skyscraper windows and the suburbs' battle to rid the landscape of strip clubs is pretty tenuous. But they reflect the variety of stories we report on in a matter of...

How heroin series led to mental health project

May 22 2015 | 4:10 pm - The Daily Herald's new series on mental health issues might not be as dramatic as our chronicling of the heroin epidemic. But consider this: About half of us are directly affected by mental health issues, though many are lacking knowledge and...

Timing critical for this Pulitzer Prize nominee

May 01 2015 | 3:48 pm - And, in other Pulitzer Prize nomination news, consider Political Editor Mike Riopell's three-part series on U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth's war injuries. Like our series on heroin in the suburbs, this didn't win, either. But we're no less proud of the...

No Pulitzer for heroin coverage, but these reporters truly are prized

Apr 26 2015 | 9:46 pm - No, the Daily Herald didn't win this year's Pulitzer Prize, but two of our nominated reporters made a herculean effort at putting a face on a social and physical epidemic in their heroin series, and the good that work has done is prize enough for...

Davis: Bobcat scratch fever? Not for a while, it seems.

Apr 05 2015 | 9:22 am - The recent sighting of a bobcat, and a request for the Daily Herald to oppose a bill that would allow bobcat hunting to resume brings to mind the controversies over deer culling and coyote trapping, says DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis.

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