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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Facebook page launched for Arlington Heights

Dec 12 2017 | 11:10 am - The Daily Herald has launched a new community Facebook Group page called “Everything Arlington Heights.” It is aimed at becoming an interactive hub for news, information and conversation in town.

Enjoy a gallery of John Starks’ finest photos

Dec 07 2017 | 4:55 pm - Here’s a gallery of some of John Starks’ best photographs. Starks, a staff photographer at the Daily Herald for 20 years, was honored Thursday with the Daily Herald’s 2017 Editorial Award of Excellence.

An editor’s response to assault on the press

Oct 04 2017 | 9:17 am - In this letter to readers, Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen explains the mission of newspapers to ‘get it right.’

An editor’s response to charges of fake news

Oct 04 2017 | 9:18 am - In this letter to readers, Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen explains the mission of newspapers to ‘get it right.’

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.

Letter from Editor: We've improved our events calendar

Jun 02 2017 | 12:11 pm - Looking for fun things to do? The Daily Herald has rolled out a new calendar, and we've greatly increased the number of events listed — from programs at your library to outdoor festivals to professional theater productions.

Our new drone will help you see photos, video from the sky

Mar 16 2017 | 10:35 pm - In this letter to readers, Editor John Lampinen provides a glimpse behind the scenes at the Daily Herald’s advance into drone photography and what it means to the suburban journalism you receive.

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.

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