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Jim Slusher

Assistant Managing Editor/Opinion Page

As Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion, a position he assumed in 2010, Jim Slusher oversees editorial writing, selection of syndicated columns and cartoons and letters to the editor for the Daily Herald Opinion Page. Working with an editorial board made up of top editors in the Daily Herald newsroom, he helps shape the newspaper's voice on subjects of interest to suburban readers, while seeking to present an engaging mix of opinions on broad social and political topics along with a forum for local residents to present their views on whatever topics they consider important.

Previously, Slusher had worked since 2003 helping supervise the most advanced reporting staff at the Daily Herald, developing investigative projects, cultural issues stories, coverage of major breaking news and enterprise stories on virtually all topics. Prior to assuming these duties, he produced and supervised programs promoting an atmosphere of learning at all levels in the Daily Herald's newsroom. His efforts ranged from regular critiques and one-on-one editing to a slate of specifically targeted workshops scheduled throughout the year. He has led workshops on journalism and newsroom leadership for various regional and national organizations, including the Inland Press Association, the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the American Copy Editors Society, and he teaches a community education course in autobiographical writing at William Rainey Harper Community College.

When Slusher joined the Daily Herald as news editor in charge of the copy desk in 1989, it was a homecoming of sorts to his professional roots in Illinois. He and his wife Patty left San Diego, where he had worked three years as managing editor of an award-winning suburban daily, to return to the Midwest and start a family that would eventually include three boys, two of whom now have graduated from Prospect High School with the third soon to follow.

A graduate of Western Illinois University, Slusher taught high school English and journalism in western Illinois before taking a job as news director of a small Iowa radio station, followed by three years as a reporter and editor in Sterling, Ill., and seven years as a copy editor, reporter and assigning editor in Saginaw, Mich.

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Going up: The need for honest analysis of issues

Apr 16 2014 | 6:57 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: One of the functions of the Daily Herald Editorial Board is to host representatives of a wide range of special interests for background about public policy questions. These meetings are invaluable for providing facts and...

Adding a new comic strip is serious business

Apr 09 2014 | 5:28 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: In the fuller pursuit of a newspaper’s mission to delight and to instruct, you might be surprised to find that one of the most treacherous assignments for any editor can be found in the delight variable. To be specific,...

Hidden no more: Heroin in suburbs

Apr 04 2014 | 5:49 pm - What the Daily Herald addressed more than a decade ago as a “Hidden Scourge” is hidden no more. In the years since our first series of extensive reports on the effects of heroin on lives in the suburbs, the deadly addiction has grown...

Another object lesson in the problems with political polls

Mar 19 2014 | 6:23 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: In sports, the common epithet when the lesser of two seemingly unevenly matched opponents wins or very nearly wins is “that’s why they play the game.” In politics, the sentiment is the same, it’s...

Stories highlight more than a single agency’s need

Mar 07 2014 | 3:23 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Few things are more gratifying to us than a lead like this one that appeared in our Wednesday editions: “After an outpouring of community support, the (Deicke home for adults with disabilities) is expected to remain open...

Zealousness and tolerance can coexist

Feb 20 2014 | 12:57 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Writing a letter to the editor ought not be an act of personal bravery. We are not some emerging Third World revolutionary autocracy. Ah, but, sadly, sometimes ...

Information can do only so much; what counts is how we use it

Feb 06 2014 | 6:28 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Can there really be nothing more to say about heroin than to trot out a seemingly endless parade of celebrity tragedies as object lessons and repeat just as endlessly the phrase, “Don’t do this. Don’t do...

Pass the chips and get ready for the Big Day

Jan 23 2014 | 9:56 am - Columnis Jim Slusher: And so we embark on a brief interlude of hype, swagger and ridicule leading to a crescendo of cheers and excitement. Super Bowl fever? Sure. That, too.

Think critically, think depth when reading about polls

Jan 16 2014 | 3:51 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: If it's election season - and it is, with the March 18 primary barely more than 60 days away - it must be time for a public-opinion poll, and with it, this warning: reader beware.

Weather creed: Good stories and plenty of them

Jan 09 2014 | 10:38 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: To butcher the creed of another venerable American institution, the post office, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night — nor now, the bitterest of cold — can escape the imaginations of news people...

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