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Tom Quinlan

Assistant Managing Editor/Sports
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Daily Herald Sports Editor Tom Quinlan joined the newspaper in 1978 after working as a VISTA volunteer in Kansas City's inner-city neighborhoods for a year in which he served as a tutor, a coach and a community organizer.

He held numerous positions at the Daily Herald before becoming Sports Editor not long after Michael Jordan's first retirement. Among his roles: copy editor, Rolling Meadows reporter, Assistant News Editor/columnist for Lake County, Assistant Features Editor, Features Editor, City Editor, Weekend News Editor, and Metro Editor. While he is proud of the Sports staff for winning the Associated Press Sports Editor Sports Section honors, he is most proud of the staff's work throughout some of Chicago's biggest events: local coverage of the Solheim Cup, PGA Championships and PGA events, the Breeders' Cup and Arlington Million, playoff drives by the Cubs, the World Series title by the White Sox in 2005, the Bears run to the Super Bowl in 2006, the Bulls title runs in the 1990s, and the Stanley Cup Championship by the Blackhawks as well as the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

While his main responsibility is directing the pro sports staff, he enjoys attending suburban pro sports events, college games and high school sports. As one of 13 children growing up in rural Iowa (as opposed to the Big City life in Iowa), he and his siblings played lots of sports and games to occupy their time. While sitting on the bench for a winless high school basketball team, he developed an appreciation for sports writing, which led him to the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a major in journalism and also worked as a correspondent for the Des Moines Register, Cedar Rapids Gazette and Iowa City Press Citizen. Tom and his wife, Susan, live in Mount Prospect.

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Q&A with Team USA volleyball star Thomas Jaeschke of Wheaton

Aug 18 2017 | 8:03 pm - A Q&A with Thomas Jaeschke, a former star at Wheaton Warrenville South and Loyola University, who discusses his team, his international career and this weekend’s homecoming with No. 2-ranked Team USA as it hosts No. 1 Brazil in two USAV Cup...

A conversation with Herald’s Babcock McGraw, newest Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member

May 21 2017 | 8:48 am - She has a jersey for being named Miss Indiana Basketball in 1990 and several more awards from her days as an All-Big Ten performer at Northwestern, but now Patricia Babcock McGraw can add three more letters to her sports resume: HOF.

Our baseball experts offer their 2016 MLB predictions

Apr 03 2016 | 10:28 am - Our Daily Herald baseball experts — columnists Mike Imrem and Barry Rozner along with beat writers Scot Gregor and Bruce Miles — join WSCR baseball host Jordan Bernfield to offer their predictions for the 2016 MLB season. How much faith...

Images: An Hour in Prospect Heights

Aug 28 2015 | 1:27 pm - We spent one hour roaming around Prospect Heights photographing things that help define this nearly 40-year-old community with its secluded neighborhoods and oddly shaped borders.

Kentucky Derby contender enjoys Arlington workouts

Apr 21 2015 | 2:38 pm - A Kentucky Derby contender with international connections is working out at Arlington International this week.

Mike Spellman, John Dietz to cover Blackhawks beat for Daily Herald

Oct 09 2014 | 12:35 am - For the first time in 26 years, we open the Daily Herald’s coverage of the Blackhawks season without Tim Sassone, who passed away last spring. Today, we introduce you to two of Tim’s longtime colleagues who will share responsibility...

Colleagues, hockey world mourn Tim Sassone

Mar 26 2014 | 6:06 pm - Tim Sassone’s colleagues saw him a pro’s pro in the journalism business, and readers who followed his coverage of the Blackhawks came to know him as “the Dean of Chicago Hockey Writers” who was passionate about the game...

Palatine High sports legend 'Chic' Anderson dies

Dec 04 2013 | 7:50 pm - For more than 30 years, Gerald J. "Chic" Anderson was one of the pioneers clearing the way for athletic excellence during the booming growth period for Palatine Township District 211. And before he retired in 1988, Anderson had built a solid...

We pride ourselves on getting the late scores in Daily Herald

Oct 04 2013 | 12:15 pm - While we live in a 24/7 news cycle, there's a deadline competition on the print side of newspapers that remains formidable. The nightly chase to get the latest scores, analysis and results into our print editions represents an incredible example of...

Daily Herald website named among nation's best for sports

Dec 27 2012 | 5:02 pm - The Daily Herald earned a Top 10 ranking in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual Web contest for 2012, APSE officials announced Thursday.

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