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 suburban angle on silverfin

Jan 24 2018 | 4:36 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 | 5:55 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 | 3:50 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 | 5:03 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.

Slusher: Without respect, there’s no ‘more perfect union’

Nov 02 2017 | 10:08 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: If I could one day have some personal impact on the world, it would be to advance the level of respect and self-control we all employ when we promote the social and political ideals we hold.

Slusher: Reports of tragedy can be vivid, accurate, sensitive

Oct 05 2017 | 3:05 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: A news outlet confronts many conflicting demands when it comes to reporting sensational news. The Daily Herald’s approach puts premiums on sensitivity and reliability.

Slusher: Kneeling, patriotism, talking and the need to listen

Sep 28 2017 | 9:02 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: “We need to talk.” It’s one of the most dreaded phrases in the English language. But when said, it’s usually true. Just as true and just as dreaded, though perhaps not as familiar, is its natural...

Slusher: ‘Fake news’ and the link between trust, skepticism

Sep 13 2017 | 5:55 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Speaking with “Fresh Air” radio host Terry Gross a couple of weeks ago, British singer/songwriter Billy Bragg said something that resonates with me as I listen Wednesday to an expert on “news...

Letter to Readers: New Facebook initiative involves you in our discussions

Sep 11 2017 | 9:23 am - Editor John Lampinen and Deputy Managing Editor for Opinion Jim Slusher describe a new Facebook intiative aiming for deeper interaction and engagement with readers on issues in the news.

Slusher: Eclipse, Hurricane Harvey show our better nature

Aug 30 2017 | 8:04 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Last week started with the a solar eclipse. It ended with a devastating hurricane that was historic even by hurricane standards. It’s easy to see why primitive societies looked for messages from the divine in...

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