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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Second valiant effort to save eagle falls short

Oct 03 2015 | 6:08 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 | 3:36 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.

Images: An Hour in Elgin

Sep 29 2015 | 10:32 am - We spent one hour -- no more, no less. Big stuff, obscure stuff, but all indentifiable to Elgin.

Mind-boggling I-88 traffic solution nears finish line

Sep 11 2015 | 4:17 pm - There was some skepticsm five years ago when an innovative traffic solution was proposed to untangle the mess at I-88 and Route 59. Today, the 'diverging diamond' is on the cusp of completion. But stay away for now, warns Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox...

‘Officer Down’ site a sad reminder of painful loss

Sep 08 2015 | 12:25 pm - Of the 1,060 police officers lost in the line of duty in Illinois, a relatively small number have come from the suburbs in recent years. But a look back provides some poignant memories, recalls DuPage/Fox Valley news Director Jim Davis.

One geezer’s rebuttal to the knock on Aurora

Aug 28 2015 | 9:23 pm - Aurora scored 147th among the 150 biggest towns in the nation as the best place to retire. That's an outrage, says DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis, a former resident of Aurora.

Couldn’t be more apart on 30-year toll bridge plan

Jul 31 2015 | 7:03 pm - Yes, people who live near road expansions tend not to like them. But the 30-year plan to expand Longmeadow Parkway and build a toll bridge has drawn out wildly different opinions on its impact and history, says Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news...

Davis: Bedbugs, bowling, quilting among our highlights

Jul 11 2015 | 10:28 pm - What do bedbugs, turkey testicles, O'Hare noise, 10,000 quilts and a closed bowling alley have in common? All were topics broached in the Daily Herald. DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis tells you why they were his faves.

Davis: WWII vet’s death puts life, work into perspective

Jul 02 2015 | 6:23 pm - The death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran touched a 26-year-old reporter in a way few stories do. And it reminded her-- and many of us in the newsroom -- what there is to love about the newspaper business, writes Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley...

Davis: Hawks top a week of coverage we’d call joyous

Jun 21 2015 | 8:42 am - Yes, it's been a ton of work, but our coverage of the Blackhawks this past week has been a labor of love, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

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