Jim Davis

Director of News & Matrix Operations/DuPage & Fox Bureaus
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DuPage Editor and Manager Jim Davis joined the Daily Herald in 1978. He worked as a reporter, assistant city editor and city editor before he was named DuPage editor in 1990.

In that role, he oversees operation of the DuPage County staff from the newspaper's office in Lisle. He directly supervises the metro staff, which includes reporters covering courts/legal affairs and county government. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Jim began his journalism career as the DuPage County reporter for the now-shuttered Daily Journal in Wheaton.

His reporting duties for the Daily Herald included coverage of Wheeling, Des Plaines and a stint as general assignment reporter. As an assistant city editor, he was in charge of the Daily Herald's initial foray into DuPage County, which started in 1985 with coverage of Bloomingdale, Medinah and Roselle. Jim also oversaw the growth of the newspaper into numerous other DuPage communities.

His lone personal journalism award is for spot news coverage during a his reporting tenure, but he is happy to bask in the reflected glow of his talented staff, which has won many awards. Jim began writing a weekly column in 2003 -- a behind-the-scenes look at the issues facing the newspaper, the stories it covers and the details about the newsgathering process. It appears on Fridays in the DuPage editions.

A graduate of Naperville Central High School, Jim has lived in DuPage County for more than 40 years, mostly in Naperville. He and his wife now live in Aurora.

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Davis: When issue gets tough, tough to get a COD comment

Feb 07 2016 | 1:01 am - With the College of DuPage controversy as a backdrop, columnist Jim Davis says that in an age where everyone has a voice, it’s remarkable how often our leaders don’t use their voices.

Need your help making my Boss video break the Internet

Jan 22 2016 | 7:37 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: My surprising video of Bruce Springsteen’s crowd surfing underscores social media potential

Davis: I knew Cougars before they were The Cougars

Jan 03 2016 | 3:24 pm - I was there for Opening Day.

Dream 18: Some of the best golf holes in the suburbs

Jan 01 2016 | 10:37 am - Who knew many golfers would be playing well into December?
No doubt that portends an early start to this year's season. And what a good time to recap a list of favorite golf holes in the suburbs.

Puffy helmets make life safer for young athletes

Nov 22 2015 | 9:33 am - Columnist Jim Davis: Startling stats on brian-damaged NFL players prompt reporter to examine new rules for middle and high school athletes.

Davis: Pot jokes lead to a serious topic

Nov 16 2015 | 11:01 am - Columnist Jim Davis: They give medical marijuana the goofy names, make its users pay cash, but the new availabity of the drug is prompting some concerm among health care experts.

Huntley Daisy troop takes us back to the basics of truth and fairness

Oct 31 2015 | 3:31 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Daisy Troop 250 -- all kindergarteners from Huntley -- were in search of honesty and fairness. So they came a-calling on their local newspaper.

Writing about report cards ain’t exactly academic

Oct 23 2015 | 7:19 pm - The not-so-standard world of writing about standardized tests is a huge annual challenge, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

Second valiant effort to save eagle falls short

Oct 03 2015 | 5:08 pm - A bald eagle flew into our news coverage twice. He didn't escape the second encounter, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

40 years later, a reminder cops can be cool

Sep 26 2015 | 2:36 pm - It was more than 40 years ago that a Naperville cop told Jim Davis and his loitering pals to disperse. Elgin police Sgt. Ken Ericson brought this to mind last week in the video seen by millions.

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