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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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.

Endorsement candidates: check your guns, baseball bats

Oct 01 2016 | 8:43 am - Jim Davis: From the polite and prodigiously well-informed to the guy ready with a baseball bat, we’ve seen it all when candidates come in for endorsement interviews.

New crime column: Deadly crosswalks, hulking cops

Sep 17 2016 | 6:13 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: From a crusade for a safer crosswalk to a prisoner glam shot, our new column covers the gamut.

Teacher challenge in digital age: Bathroom ‘passports’

Sep 09 2016 | 5:34 pm - Jim Davis: Online debate about bathroom breaks underscores the new challenges teachers face in the digital age.

Almost missed the pitch on big story about young athletes

Sep 02 2016 | 4:11 pm - Jim Davis: Our big story about a young baseball star’s Tommy John surgery almost fell off my plate.

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