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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Objectivity, division and the challenge of trust in the media

Jan 19 2017 | 4:50 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Criticism of our series of editorials on the press has come from opposing camps that both exemplify some of the problems we wanted to describe and represent the polarized approaches to political topics that make effective...

Slusher: Making a direct connection with would-be local leaders

Jan 18 2017 | 4:42 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: With their impact on your property taxes and leadership in your community, local elections can be the most direct opportunity for you to shape your schools and your quality of life. Yet, too often, we’re all distracted...

Slusher: Requiem for a gadfly, patriot

Dec 14 2016 | 10:14 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: If you’re in the news business for any length of time, sooner or later, you get to know someone like Rob Sherman.

Slusher: Every day brings some news to soften the hardest heart

Nov 26 2016 | 9:42 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation and the annual national tradition that has evolved ever since emphasize the need to remember our blessings every day, not just as a psychic refuge in times of trouble.

Mainstream, if you must, but proud

Nov 09 2016 | 6:17 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: I think I’m a member of the Mainstream Media. At least red-faced people keep pointing their fingers in my face and telling me that I am.

Slusher: Why, even in era of negativity, kids can have reason to be hopeful

Oct 26 2016 | 5:04 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: I found it encouraging to note that in the midst of so much negativity, students were focused not on complaints and defeatism but on actions and solutions.

Slusher: New columnist comes full circle to hometown newspaper

Oct 20 2016 | 9:13 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: The Daily Herald employs some of the finest journalists and writers in the country. Sometimes, they go on to bigger things. Sometimes, too, they come back. Such is the case today with a new column we introduce by Ed Murnane.

Your chance to take part in the endorsement discussion

Oct 03 2016 | 3:38 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: We want to expand the endorsement forum for a wide-ranging reflection on the presidential race.

Your chance to take part in the endorsement discussion

Oct 03 2016 | 3:39 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: We want to expand the endorsement forum for a wide-ranging reflection on the presidential race.

Slusher: It bears repeating: Beware the polls

Sep 08 2016 | 8:18 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: I read a poll yesterday showing Donald Trump holds a slight lead over Hillary Clinton. Over the weekend, I read one saying Clinton was clinging to a slight lead over Trump. A week ago, nearly every political commentator,...

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