Renee Trappe

Assistant Managing Editor/Local News
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Renee Trappe is assistant manager editor/local news for the Daily Herald, which she joined in 1985 as the newspaper's first Roselle reporter.

Over the years, she has built a career focused almost exclusively on local news: She has been an assistant city editor for Northwest suburban Cook County; Assistant DuPage Editor in the paper's former Carol Stream office; Weekend Editor and finally City Editor, before assuming the assistant managing editor/local news title in 1998.

A native of Des Plaines, she attended Iowa State University before graduating in 1978 from Southern Illinois University with a degree in journalism. Prior to joining the Daily Herald, she reported for the Journal and Topics Newspapers, based in Des Plaines; the Chronicle newspapers in St. Charles and the former Daily Journal in Wheaton.

As a writer and editor, she has won awards from the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, the Illinois Press Association, Associated Press and Associated Press Managing Editors, and was the 2004 recipient of the Stuart R. Paddock Jr. Manager Award of Excellence from Paddock Publications.

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Touhy Ave. reopens 20 hours after I-90 beam kills worker

Apr 06 2016 | 4:27 pm - Federal authorities are investigating why a 45-ton beam fell onto Touhy Avenue from the Jane Addams Tollway in Des Plaines early Tuesday, killing a Berwyn construction worker and injuring three others.

Images: Icons of Fox Lake

Mar 03 2016 | 1:37 pm - We spent some time photographing Fox Lake - the big stuff, the small stuff, obscure sights and well-known venues. But all identifiable to Fox Lake.

Vernon Hills man secures Air Force medal for his dad, 70 years after war

Nov 10 2015 | 8:59 pm - Mike Harvey of Vernon Hills had all his dad's medals save one - the Distinguished Flying Cross, earned while his dad was a pilot in the Burma Theater during World War II but never received. That changed on Monday.

Husky named Diesel, NIU’s ‘mascot emeritus,’ has cancer

Sep 02 2015 | 10:41 pm - NIU's beloved "mascot emeritus," Diesel, is being treated for Type B lymphoma. The husky is missing his daily encounters with lots of people, says his handler, Tom Bonnevier.

Duchossois: Nixon was gifted, honest and ‘brilliant’

Aug 09 2014 | 12:40 am - Richard Duchossois supported Richard Nixon "down to the very end," the Arlington Park chairman says on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation from the presidency. While not close friends, Duchossois, who was a major contributor to the Nixon...

Put former POW on trial, say parents of Bartlett soldier

Jun 04 2014 | 5:43 pm - The mother and stepfather of a Bartlett High School graduate who they believe died in Afghanistan while searching for a U.S. soldier held prisoner by the Taliban, are urging the U.S. military to put the former POW on trial when he eventually returns.

Daily Herald wins seven Lisagor awards

May 02 2014 | 10:45 pm - Seven Daily Herald reporters, writers and photographers were honored Friday night with Peter Lisagor awards, the highest accolades given to Chicago-area journalists.

Why local news reporting matters at the Daily Herald

Oct 04 2013 | 11:45 am - In an era where government handouts pass as news, the need for local news reporting is greater than ever today, says Daily Herald local news editor Renee Trappe.

How the suburbs are dealing with the shutdown

Oct 02 2013 | 8:01 am - Ninety-one Chicago-area World War II veterans taking an Honor Flight Wednesday to Washington, D.C., could be among those feeling the pain of the federal government shutdown. The veterans will board a plane Wednesday at Midway Airport for their trip...

Antioch cardboard boat regatta a lot of laughs

Jul 14 2013 | 1:46 am - Four young girls from Antioch piloted the "4 Majestic Mermaids" to victory in Saturday's Antioch cardboard boat regatta, but all six teams -- even the wet ones -- had a whale of a time.

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