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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Should election process join 21st Century?

Jan 16 2015 | 6:59 pm - Aw, c'mon, laments Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director. This is the 21st Century. Why shouldn't the people running for local offices be required to provide phone numbers and email addresses when they submit their nominating papers?

Bittersweet story unfolds before our eyes of love, heroin

Jan 10 2015 | 5:35 pm - Three Schaumburg girls, ages 4 through 11, were excited to see their picture on the front page of Friday's Daily Herald. But there also was a photo of their absentee mother, who's battled heroin addiction for more than a decade. This bittersweet...

All sorts of trouble with our local elections

Dec 13 2014 | 1:58 pm - Name a problem, our local elections have it: Low turnout. Too many offices. Too few candidates. Bad timing. And now, says DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis, hordes of school board candidates have to file in far fewer places.

Golf buddies pick their 9 ‘coolest’ golf holes in ‘burbs

Dec 31 2014 | 5:46 pm - The nine coolest golf holes in the suburbs, according to the semi-expert opinions of three golf buddies.

What’s an old-timer? and other burning questions

Nov 08 2014 | 3:21 pm - A Naperville business's 50th anniversary reminds Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director, of a long-ago trivia quiz. Also, when "yes" means "no," Wheaton's rising star and, woes is us, another election looms.

Why don’t heroes ever claim their well-deserved title?

Oct 24 2014 | 8:25 pm - Island Lake officers' heroism, the fickle price of gas and the loss of a DuPage County board member. Sunday Soapbox from Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

Facebook friends: Please, please ‘like’ this column

Oct 10 2014 | 10:50 pm - Perhaps it seems a little desperate, but Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director, would really appreciate it if you'd "like" this column about the challenges of winning "shares," "likes" and "comments" through postings of the often-serious...

Horrible life tale might lead some to better choices

Sep 29 2014 | 10:39 am - The story of Jon Dennison's battle with heroin addiction is raw, powerful and depressing. But he hopes his candor will dissuade others from getting started on the drug. Dennison's story launches a series on the suburbs' efforts to combat heroin use,...

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...

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