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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 reporting to the CEO, 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 including the Chicago Headline Club Ethics in Journalism Award in 1998. He is a member of the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association executive board and a past president of that organization. He also holds memberships in the American Society of News Editors, the Association Press Managing Editors, the Chicago Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. 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. He placed a priority on journalism projects and coverage to help the suburban community understand the diverse cultures immigrating into the region, and sent reporting teams to China, Columbia, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland and elsewhere to explore the roots of the area's new suburbanites. He led an Opinion Page campaign of repeated editorials promoting proactive efforts to create new suburban melting pot. He called on his staff to produce an ongoing series of reports coined "the New Suburban Mosaic," and an ad hoc community group liked the phrase so much that it incorporated it into the name of the Suburban Mosaic Reading Program developed by suburban libraries, schools and community activists with the support of the newspaper. 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 Shimabukuro, pondering Coen Brothers films, reading up on American history and the universe, and pulling obsessively for the Chicago White Sox.

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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...

Talk with the Editor: Our celebration of prep sports athletes

Mar 25 2013 | 4:16 am - In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen describes the celebration of top prep sports athletes the paper is planning.

Covering the campaigns at dailyherald.com

Mar 08 2013 | 10:05 am - With Election Day only a month away, campaign season is about to kick into high gear.

Our high school sports coverage expands with live streams

Mar 01 2013 | 10:25 am - We're happy to announce that the Daily Herald has signed an agreement with HighSchoolCube to use its digital engine to expand our video coverage of prep sports and other high school events in the suburbs — just in time for the boys basketball...

Talk with the Editor: We're improving the video we offer

Feb 11 2013 | 12:57 pm - In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen announces that the paper has launched an initiative to offer more video coverage and to improve the presentation of it too.

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