John Lampinen

Senior Vice President/Editor
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John Lampinen is Senior Vice President of Paddock Publications and Editor of its flagship publication, the Daily Herald and dailyherald.com. In that role, he sets the standards and expectations for editorial coverage and for the Daily Herald's overriding commitment to Chicago's suburbs and to the public good. As such, he is an active member of the Daily Herald's Editorial Board and oversees the senior leadership of the newsroom. As a corporate officer, he is responsible for the overall direction of the editorial product and for planning for its growth and adaptation to future needs, challenges and opportunities.

During his journalism career, Lampinen has received numerous national, state and regional writing and editing awards. He is a member of the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors association executive board and a past president of that organization. He also holds or has held memberships in the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors, the Chicago Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Midwest Press Institute. He has served as an adjunct professor for the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

In his role as Editor, Lampinen has led efforts to diversify the newspaper's coverage and to build on its mission of public service. The news organization's commitment to On Guard reporting has helped expose "The Hidden Scourge" of heroin and club drugs in the suburbs; repeated spending abuses associated with suburban school referendums; questionable attempts to install red-light cameras aimed more at revenue than safety; and myriad other suburban projects and investigations.

Those efforts and others under Lampinen's stewardship have earned the Daily Herald numerous Public Service and Community Service awards for the newspaper's dedication to helping make the suburbs a better place to live and work. Under his leadership, the newspaper also has earned the Illinois AP General Excellence Award for large-circulation newspapers four times.

A native of Waukegan and a communications graduate of the University of Illinois, Lampinen worked for one year at the New Ulm Journal in New Ulm, Minn., but otherwise, has spent virtually his entire professional career at the Daily Herald. He began as a staff writer and later held positions as columnist, Director of Special Editorial Projects, Assistant Metro Editor, News Editor, City Editor, Assistant Managing Editor, Managing Editor and Executive Editor. He was named Editor in 2001.

He has lived almost all of his life in Chicago's suburbs and now resides in Arlington Heights, where he enjoys staying in touch with his children and grandchildren, listening to Van Morrison and Jake Simabukuro, pondering Coen Brothers films, reading up on American history and the universe, and pulling obsessively for the Chicago White Sox.

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Daily Herald Guide to the Suburbs offers advice, help, planning

Jan 01 2016 | 6:37 am - Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen introduces the 2016 Guide to the Chicago Suburbs, with advice for how to make the most of living, working, playing and visiting the region -- a guide for residents as well as tourists.

An injured boy’s wish and a newspaper’s job to do good

Oct 04 2015 | 12:24 pm - In his annual column on newspapers, Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen says, "Our primary job is to make the world a little bit better place."

Daily Herald partners with Sun-Times to share news

Sep 30 2015 | 7:56 am - Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen announces an editorial alliance with the Chicago Sun-Times to supplement each news organization's coverage.

Introducing a new column of INfrequently Asked Questions

Aug 02 2015 | 7:04 am - Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen announces a new weekly Q&A: INfrequently Asked Questions, a column intended to tell the stories of interesting suburbanites who don't usually get their names in the paper.

Tell us why you'd be good for our On the Table chat

Apr 23 2014 | 1:29 pm - The Daily Herald is inviting subscribers to participate in On the Table community-building conversations it will host May 12 in cooperation with The Chicago Community Trust. To get involved, email onthetable@dailyherald.com with your name, home...

The Daily Herald announces a campaign to build communities

Feb 19 2014 | 1:27 pm - The Daily Herald plans to host several Chicago Community Trust "On the Table" conversations around the suburbs — all aimed at generating ideas to improve our communities.

Graduated tax would be 'disaster,' McSweeney tells Summit

Nov 02 2013 | 10:50 am - Opponents of a graduated state income tax spoke out against it during a session of the conservative Restore Illinois Summit that took place Saturday at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Reflections on National Newspaper Week

Oct 04 2013 | 4:38 pm - National Newspaper Week, which runs from Oct. 6 to 12, promotes the value of community newspapers. This year's theme: Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life.

Like the star, we try to light a lamp

Oct 10 2013 | 1:40 pm - All of us, Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen says, have a gift and a responsibility -- the power to affect people in good and bad ways. A good newspaper understands that same power and responsibility.

Talk with the Editor: We're partnering with Reboot to hold pension forum

Apr 08 2013 | 9:48 am - In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen announces that the Daily Herald and Reboot Illinois are hosting a public discussion of public pension reform. Here's your chance to participate. Reboot Illinois is a civic-minded nonpartisan digital media...

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