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: The power of the press - and its limits

May 09 2018 | 5:14 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Wherever you find yourself in the conversation about the power of the press these days, keep in mind two Illinois government stories from this week.

Slusher: A different kind of conversation that can ease ‘a great lonely grief’

Apr 21 2018 | 11:11 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: The newspaper often can seem like a mere recitation of events, a steady succession of familiar themes. But every once in a while, we need stories that remind us that these — sometimes exuberantly, sometimes tragically,...

Slusher: They’re rare, but instances like these do make you wonder

Apr 05 2018 | 5:08 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Some people ... It’s an expression we’ve all heard. Perhaps all used.

Slusher: The eternal struggle to balance excitement, impact

Mar 28 2018 | 6:07 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Here’s an interesting news judgment question for you.

Slusher: A deeper look at what elections say about choices

Mar 22 2018 | 10:07 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: The Illinois primary is now behind us, but I find myself thinking about the upcoming June primary in Maine. Here’s why.

Slusher: Deceptive political ads grow because voters let them

Mar 08 2018 | 10:47 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: It’s not clear who in the political process should feel more ashamed, the candidates who attempt to persuade voters with deceptive campaign mailers and television advertising or the people who make voting decisions...

Slusher: The suburban angle on silverfin

Jan 24 2018 | 5:36 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: The status of Lake Michigan is not a peculiarly suburban story, but the Lake Michigan story is certainly an important one here.

Slusher: Politics, profanity and the daily news

Jan 17 2018 | 6:55 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Let’s be clear. Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president to give responsible public media fits trying to figure out how to provide accurate quotations or descriptions within the context of a publication intended for...

Slusher: Emphasis on ‘productive’ in this shared sense of community

Dec 07 2017 | 4:50 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: The Daily Herald is committed to hosting Facebook conversations that are constructive and respectful in an environment that accommodates and welcomes passionate expressions of belief but shuns sarcasm, insults and name calling.

Slusher: Stories that appeal to our fears also need perspective

Nov 08 2017 | 6:03 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: The tip came into reporter Eric Peterson shortly before 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Someone had heard of a SWAT team at work in Schaumburg and there were reports of a weapon.

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