Pete Nenni was named Deputy Managing Editor in February 2017 to oversee local coverage in the Cook, Lake, Fox and DuPage zones, including organizing coverage plans for the website and print editions and overseeing the local reporting and editing staffs. He also is tasked with many organizational- and efficiency-based special projects. He’s a member of the editorial board.
Previously, he served as Lake County Editor/Manager for more than 10 years and as an Assistant City Editor in the Cook County office for six years.
Prior to that, he was the legal affairs reporter for one year and the transportation reporter for five years. He also covered local government beats for the paper, where he has worked since December 1980. During his reporting career at the Daily Herald, Nenni won 12 state and regional writing awards, including two Peter Lisagor Awards for Public Service reporting. Those awards stemmed from investigative projects focusing on faulty equipment and poor maintenance of a suburban bus system and mishaps and near mishaps on the runways and taxiways at O'Hare International Airport.
Nenni was named the Daily Herald's Manager of the Year in 2000. He served on the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association board of directors and was its president in 2009. Nenni has extensive ties to the Northwest suburbs. He grew up in Mount Prospect and attended Forest View High School in Arlington Heights and Harper Community College in Palatine. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a journalism major and political science minor. Prior to joining the Daily Herald, he was a staff reporter for the Barrington Press weekly newspaper group in Barrington.