Jim Dunn has been named editor and general manager of the Bureau County Republican, The Putnam County Record and The Tonica News. He will begin work at the Princeton office Thursday, Oct. 26.
When he does, he will be back at the newspaper where he launched his career in 1978 as a reporter and photographer. He has been in various positions with Shaw Media since, most recently as editorial page editor of Sauk Valley Media in Sterling for the past 12 years.
Dunn will direct the print and digital content of Shaw’s Bureau County products. He also will manage the day-to-day operations at the Princeton office, and will continue to be Sauk Valley Media's editorial page editor.
Jim brings a wealth of newspaper experience to our Princeton operation.
In addition to his previous experience at the BCR, he worked for newspapers in Sterling and Mendota. He was the assistant managing editor of the Daily Gazette in Sterling before joining the staff of the Telegraph in Dixon as editor of The Weekender and special sections.
The Telegraph and Daily Gazette joined forces under Shaw Media ownership in 1995. He has served in many capacities since, including editor of Sauk Valley Sunday and managing editor, before being named editorial page editor in 2005. Sauk Valley Media has won several awards for editorials and Opinion pages in state newspaper contests.
Dunn and his wife, Jamie, a paraprofessional at Princeton High School, have six grown children and three grandchildren.
He is a 1973 graduate of Ohio High School, and graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in English and mathematics and in 1978 attended the Marquette University Graduate School of Journalism in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.