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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Prince death poignant point on how music fills our lives

Apr 24 2016 | 2:38 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Where were you when Prince died? David Bowie? Glen Frey? Elvis?

Do we really want to obey — or enforce — speed limits?

Apr 16 2016 | 8:54 pm - Jim Davis: Our letter writers make good points about enforcing traffic laws to help cash-strapped Illinois. But is that really what we want?

Fairdale man’s tornado video tells haunting story

Apr 09 2016 | 7:14 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: The video 85-year-old Clem Schultz took of the Fairdale tornado tells a harrowing, yet helpful story.

To achieve these lofty goals, you just gotta have heart

Mar 20 2016 | 10:55 am - Columnist Jim Davis: One’s hiking 2,190 miles. The other’s climbing the tallest peak in Africa. One’s 61, the other 75. And they both have heart problems. No problem.

Sleepy Hollow, and its rural way of life, at a crossroads

Feb 22 2016 | 10:19 am - Columnist Jim Davis: Sleepy little Sleepy Hollow faces threats to its bucolic way of life: First a cell tower, now a tax hike.

Like teachers, our challenge is competing for attention

Feb 12 2016 | 6:49 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Newspaper efforts in a digital age not unlike teachers getting kids interested in math.

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

Feb 07 2016 | 2:01 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 | 8:37 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 | 4:24 pm - I was there for Opening Day.

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

Jan 01 2016 | 11:37 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.

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