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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What makes a story quintessentially suburban?

Jun 24 2016 | 4:48 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: What topics make stories quintessentially suburban? How about: Noise, new tolls, property values, fences, even street lights. And how about helping those in distress?

Public vetting of candidates? In many cases, don’t count on it

May 28 2016 | 3:37 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Want to find out all about the candidates seeking to be appointed to a local government board? Good luck with that.

Three unexpectedly helpful uses of social media

May 24 2016 | 9:20 am - Columnist Jim Davis: Judge’s post expands reach of program that sends people for help instead of jail. Man turns himself in after seeing video. Online discussion of mural depicting a lynching. Three very different examples of some helpful uses...

When suburban news carries the day, it’s a great day

May 14 2016 | 5:27 pm - Columnist Jim Davis: Buttons burst with pride when local news is so compelling it knocks the world and national news inside.

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.

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