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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: Don’t believe every word, but consider them all

Sep 24 2014 | 4:18 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Skeptical, not cynical. It’s a distinction we emphasize a lot around the Daily Herald newsroom. And it’s a pretty good axiom for you to keep in mind as the election campaign season descends.

Slusher: In memoriam, again, for brave journalists

Sep 03 2014 | 10:56 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: It appears we could be on the cusp of a horrific litany of wordless editorials for brave journalists whose only sin is their nationality and whose chief misfortune is that they seek to tell the stories of a dangerous part of...

The secret story we can’t stop talking about

Aug 13 2014 | 4:58 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: My original theme for this column was going to be “The story we won’t tell about Robin Williams’ death.” But as I reflect, I realize the more accurate theme may be, “The story people...

Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading

Jul 31 2014 | 9:25 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.

Display pages keep art in the joy of newspaper reading

Jul 17 2014 | 10:38 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: What caught my attention was the headline for Wednesday's Food section: SIPPING AWAY ... SUMMER DAYS ... and the pleasant, break-a-few-rules design.

We’re always finding new ways for people who want to talk

Jul 10 2014 | 7:05 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Back in the olden days when George Carlin was alive and people used email, Carlin had a joke I thought timely and profound. It went something like this: “I’ve finally discovered what email is for. It’s for...

You’ll find much world-class talent when you go local

Jun 26 2014 | 7:48 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: We are all missing something important when we pay high prices for concert or show tickets or focus our attention on television entertainers. We can be equally impressed and delighted by suburban performers right under our...

The useful distinction between analysis, opinion

Jun 18 2014 | 5:10 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Is there a difference between analysis and opinion? Yes, there is, and it’s an important distinction for news consumers to think about.

Simple blotter reporting is full of complexities

Jun 12 2014 | 9:09 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Our top editors began a conversation this week that is likely to continue for a long time to come. And it’s one in which you may have a direct interest and, ultimately, some desire to influence.

Discretion is the better part of reporting on shocking crime

Jun 04 2014 | 5:37 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, our attitude toward sensitive stories with the potential for a long-lasting impact on innocent or vulnerable individuals is to err on the side of the individuals.

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