Jim Slusher

Assistant Managing Editor/Opinion Page
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As Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion, a position he assumed in 2010, Jim Slusher oversees editorial writing, selection of syndicated columns and cartoons and letters to the editor for the Daily Herald Opinion Page. Working with an editorial board made up of top editors in the Daily Herald newsroom, he helps shape the newspaper's voice on subjects of interest to suburban readers, while seeking to present an engaging mix of opinions on broad social and political topics along with a forum for local residents to present their views on whatever topics they consider important.

Previously, Slusher had worked since 2003 helping supervise the most advanced reporting staff at the Daily Herald, developing investigative projects, cultural issues stories, coverage of major breaking news and enterprise stories on virtually all topics. Prior to assuming these duties, he produced and supervised programs promoting an atmosphere of learning at all levels in the Daily Herald's newsroom. His efforts ranged from regular critiques and one-on-one editing to a slate of specifically targeted workshops scheduled throughout the year. He has led workshops on journalism and newsroom leadership for various regional and national organizations, including the Inland Press Association, the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the American Copy Editors Society, and he teaches a community education course in autobiographical writing at William Rainey Harper Community College.

When Slusher joined the Daily Herald as news editor in charge of the copy desk in 1989, it was a homecoming of sorts to his professional roots in Illinois. He and his wife Patty left San Diego, where he had worked three years as managing editor of an award-winning suburban daily, to return to the Midwest and start a family that would eventually include three boys, two of whom now have graduated from Prospect High School with the third soon to follow.

A graduate of Western Illinois University, Slusher taught high school English and journalism in western Illinois before taking a job as news director of a small Iowa radio station, followed by three years as a reporter and editor in Sterling, Ill., and seven years as a copy editor, reporter and assigning editor in Saginaw, Mich.

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Information is power; use it responsibly

Jun 23 2016 | 1:07 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Following the terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport in March, news organizations, including the Daily Herald, faced an achingly familiar quandary. What pictures should we publish that vividly depict the horror of the crime...

Slusher: The role of eloquence in nudging the world

Jun 15 2016 | 3:47 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: For some of us, words are all we know, our only tool for taking the measure of an often beautiful, often miserable world. How impotent they seem in the presence of awe.
A sunrise in the Rockies, for instance.

Slusher: Candy, meat and the art of making news

May 30 2016 | 4:48 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: There is making the news and then there is making the news. The two aren’t always the same.

Slusher: Awards or no awards, our goal is making life a little better

May 11 2016 | 5:13 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: We also make the world a little better place, I think, in routine ways that don’t attract attention for spurring political or social change.

The gift of an Opinion page without You Know Who

May 04 2016 | 4:11 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Today’s Opinion Page is a gift of sorts. Consider it a little cleansing breath before the halitosis that now appears certain to come this summer.

A word to letter writers, keep off the AstroTurf

Apr 27 2016 | 6:04 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Just as AstroTurf, the brand-name precursor to the modern synthetic rubber covering used today on many football and soccer fields, is fake grass, so “AstroTurf” commentaries are fake grass roots.

Slusher: Simple mantra of news judgment worth repeating in complicated times

Apr 21 2016 | 10:27 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Useful. Different. Relevant. Time was, those were the three most important words in the Daily Herald newsroom. Now, consider the new vocabulary clamoring for contention

Slusher: From Brussels terrorism, the too-frequent deliberations on an iconic image of tragedy

Mar 29 2016 | 1:34 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Nearly every afternoon’s meeting of news editors concludes with a review of options for the next-day print edition’s most prominent Page 1 picture. On Tuesday, March 22, the day of the terrorist bombing in...

Slusher: Liberal? Conservative? We let you label columnists’ perspectives

Mar 24 2016 | 10:06 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: If you didn’t know better, you would have thought George F. Will was a run-of-the-mill liberal when he scolded Senate Republicans this week for their refusal to consider any Obama Supreme Court nominee and Merrick...

Slusher: ‘Near-mythical’ rumors about Trump violate a ‘sacred trust’

Mar 02 2016 | 6:34 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: It’s not often one would expect to see the phrases “Donald Trump” and “sacred” in close proximity with each other without an “is nothing” in there somewhere, but as the 2016...

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