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Mike Smith

Fox Valley Editor
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In late 2012, Mike Smith was named Fox Valley Editor, overseeing the Tri-Cities and northern Fox Valley editions of the Daily Herald. Previously, he was named Tri-Cities editor in 2006.

Prior to his appointment in the Tri-Cities, Smith was the Daily Herald's Weekend Editor/assistant metro editor from 2000-02, and was Design Editor from 2002-06. He won a Peter Lisagor Award in overall design for his front page design, "The Champs," commemorating the White Sox World Series victory in 2005.

He is particularly proud of his design role in project work on the award-winning series, "44 Minutes in January," about the Brown's Chicken murders, as well as in-depth projects on India, Poland, Mexico and the Philippines.

Before joining the Daily Herald, Smith worked for Copley Newspapers for 17 years in the Elgin and Aurora offices. He held a variety of positions, including assistant managing editor and design manager for the suburban Chicago group. Smith became interested in journalism while a student at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream. He graduated from Northern Illinois University, majoring in journalism.

A Chicago native, Smith grew up in Glen Ellyn and Carol Stream. He now lives in Plato Township in Kane County.

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Elgin hit hardest by heavy rain in Fox Valley

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Images: Icons of Sleepy Hollow

Jul 31 2016 | 8:41 am - After 58 strong years, Sleepy Hollow remains a tranquil oasis in the Northwest suburbs.

Former Daily Herald reporter talks about covering Orlando killings

Jun 13 2016 | 10:27 pm - Marco Santana, a former Daily Herald reporter, has been covering the shootings in Florida for the Orlando Sentinel. Here’s what it’s been like.

Elgin man charged in April murder

Oct 17 2015 | 1:07 pm - Police announced Friday night an Elgin man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the April shooting of 20-year-old Devonte Turner. William M. Ingram is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday morning.

St. Charles emergency crews battle three fires in one day

Aug 27 2014 | 7:33 pm - A fire early Wednesay morning at a St Charles restaurant left the building not habitable, Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said. There were no injuries as firefighters extinguished a blaze at The Office Dining and Spirits just after 6 a.m. There were two...

Troy Murray looks to Hawks’ Game 4

Apr 22 2014 | 7:01 pm - Q&A with Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray, who looks ahead to Game 4.

Sears closing Charlestowne Mall store

Jan 04 2011 | 6:13 pm - Sears will close its Charlestowne Mall store sometime on or before April 3, company officials said Tuesday. A woman in the management office at Charlestowne could not confirm the exact closing date Tuesday night, and referred all calls to Sears...

NIU student describes being shot; suburban native charged

Feb 19 2010 | 11:08 pm - The 24-year-old Pingree Grove man who was shot by a fellow Northern Illinois University student was in stable condition and good spirits at a Rockford hospital Friday as he described the minutes leading up the early morning assault.

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