Jim Slusher

Assistant Managing Editor/Opinion Page
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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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Slusher: The necessarily relentless drive for better things

Feb 25 2015 | 2:02 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Change is frustratingly slow. Emphasis sometimes on frustratingly.

Slusher: When a death in the ‘news family’ becomes news

Jan 21 2015 | 10:31 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: A newspaper is a peculiar sort of family. Reporters, photographers, editors, clerks, advertising sales people, artists all forge relationships under stressful and unpredictable circumstances into a bond of great strength.

Slusher: Will Sanguinetti really talk to media ‘very soon’?

Jan 15 2015 | 12:55 am - At an inauguration event at the Old State Capitol Monday, Sanguinetti said she is not yet answering reporters’ questions but will “very soon.” Her reticence suggests a quality of the new administration that many of us in the...

Join the suburban conversation on our editorial page

Dec 31 2014 | 6:17 pm - The key to assuring freedom, fairness and a high quality of life in the suburbs is participation, and one important way to participate is to share your thoughts and ideas with your neighbors and the rest of the community. Online and on its Opinion...

Slusher: Sound, fury and two words that signify everything

Dec 23 2014 | 2:57 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Two words for the holidays that reflect the bond of communication between a newspaper and its readers.

Slusher: A complexity in the conflict of media trust

Dec 10 2014 | 7:13 pm - In the digital age, it's difficult to trust information that so easy to find, but seekers of truth continue to turn to one source in particular: newspapers, Jim Slusher writes.

Amid war and politics, everyday goodness also makes news

Nov 27 2014 | 6:32 am - Ferguson in flames. Hecklers who are getting what they want assaulting the president of the United States. Tension in Washington. Tension in Springfield. Thanksgiving Day is the day to remember and celebrate this everyday goodness. Our Someone To...

In appreciation for the daily task facing reporters, editors

Nov 19 2014 | 6:43 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes writers are asked to pare back their letters to the editor to comply with our 300-word limit. But consider the difficult task reporters face every day to fit their stories to the space allowed.

Slusher: The ‘Day After’ can be just as daunting as Election Day

Nov 05 2014 | 6:07 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: For all news outlets, Election Night is an event of particularly mixed sentiments. We certainly appreciate the rushes of adrenaline. But with them comes yet another, visceral surge of anxiety.

Slusher: Watch out for dirty tricks in final days of campaign

Oct 23 2014 | 10:00 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Election shenanigans are hardly anything new, but they’re still a shameful subversion of the goal of letting a well-informed electorate choose the candidate they think can best represent their interests in government.

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