Jim Slusher

Deputy Managing Editor/Opinion
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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: Striving for clarity in a high school controversy

Jul 19 2017 | 10:12 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Eventually, there will be many lessons for students, parents and even society at large out of a controversy at Barrington High School involving a tweeted picture that some people have labeled as racist. Immediately, there are...

Slusher: As times change, technology standards even more important

Jul 12 2017 | 6:52 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: We had a problem online with a picture of Haley Reinhart this week. I’ll get to it in a moment, but first a relevant trip back to a small-town newsroom in 1978.

The case for Civility Day

Jun 28 2017 | 5:26 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: An email conversation last week with the inspirational Deacon Don Grossnickle, an activist for hope and peace from Arlington Heights, led me to envision an entirely new kind of holiday, one devoted not so much to relaxation...

The confusing challenge that faces Springfield, in a word - compromise

May 31 2017 | 6:25 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: After watching the Illinois legislature these past few ... what, months? years? ... I’ve been thinking a lot about compromise.

Slusher: Get ‘wonky’ to help shape your quality of life

May 11 2017 | 7:30 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, the wonks need our help — not just ours in the media, but ours as in all of ours, we citizens who could be affected by the policies they promote or the products they create.

Spinner fad shows frivolity has its serious side

May 04 2017 | 9:48 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: The pleasant diversions of culture can be throbbing distractions for education. And writing about them can be more complicated than you might expect

Slusher: Publicity, not accuracy, key to value of police sketch

Apr 26 2017 | 10:19 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Are we really helping police solve a crime when we publish a crude drawing of the face of a violent crime suspect as described by a distraught victim or momentary witness?

A reminder that humankind’s finest impulses show in all generations

Apr 20 2017 | 7:40 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: It seems to be a routine function of the generations to disparage the young. I don’t share this inclination, or at least I try to resist it.
One reason? Show choir.

Truman’s Cheshire smile averted again (almost)

Mar 01 2017 | 8:17 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: The grinning visage of President Harry Truman gleefully hoisting a copy of the Chicago Tribune with the banner headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN” haunts the nightmares of every American editor.

Slusher: Seeking the human stories behind sensational headlines

Feb 23 2017 | 8:47 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: One of a reporter’s most painful duties is to contact the grieving survivors of victims of crime or disaster.

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