George LeClaire

Staff Photographer
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George LeClaire has been a photojournalist with the Daily Herald since 1995. He currently covers news and sports events in Cook and Lake Counties and works in the paper's Arlington Heights office. George worked at the Daily Herald's Fox Valley office in Elgin for his first 12 years with the paper. He likes photographing nature features along with high school and professional sports.

Three years ago, George started shooting and producing news and feature videos for the Daily Herald and has earned national awards for multimedia production. He attended high school at an American school in Munich Germany and has a degree in electronics. He studied photojournalism and journalism at Oakton Community College and Columbia College in Chicago. He is member of the Illinois and National Press Photographers associations.

George has been teaching photography and photojournalism classed at New Trier Extension in Northbrook for 14 years and has lead photography seminars at 27 area libraries and eight park districts. He loves teaching photography and has taught over 2,000 students how to use their digital camera. He conducts photography class year around at New Trier Extension, Buffalo Grove Park District, and Dundee Township Park District.

George grew up in a military family and had lived in eight states and two countries by age 18. He relocated to Chicago in 1986 and currently lives in Glenview. George maintains a channel on youtube called GCameraProductions.

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Wauconda Easter event puts spring in families’ step

Mar 27 2015 | 10:45 pm - Pizza With the Bunny event on Friday, March 27 starting at 5:30pm at the Wauconda Park District Community Center 600 N. Main Street. 5:30pm-6:30pm & 7pm-8pm Celebrate spring as the Bunny hops into the Community Center for a pizza feast. Mr. Bunny...

Allergen free Mt. Prospect Easter egg hunt

Mar 28 2015 | 4:04 pm - Many children with allergies have never attended an Easter egg hunt, according to Sonia Walker, co-owner of Nutphree’s Bakery. The bakery in Mount Prospect held its first food-free egg hunt Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount...

Elk Grove Village museum celebrates Native American heritage

Nov 01 2014 | 5:08 pm - An Elk Grove Village museum brought kids outdoors to learn about Native American traditions Saturday. The lessons for the annual celebration: making corn husk dolls, cornmeal from scratch and beaded necklackes.

Rauner tours Wheeling plant; Quinn at fertilizer factory site

Oct 29 2014 | 6:01 pm - Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner made a stop Wednesday at the Penray Co. in Wheeling, where he called incumbent Pat Quinn “the worst governor in America” and held a short question-and-answer session with workers. Quinn,...

School-custodian-turned author reads to students at Sprague School in Lincolnshire

Oct 03 2014 | 5:19 pm - Author Edward J. Denecke, a former Laura B. Sprague School custodian, returned to the Lincolnshire school Friday to read his first published book, “What Happens at School When You’re Not There?” to first-graders and...

Libertyville man shares his love for yoga with ‘breath of fire’

Aug 22 2014 | 3:12 pm - Linas Damasius of Libertyville has changed his mind and body with yoga and wants others to gain the benefits. Damasius teaches free ashtanga yoga classes at Independence Grove near Libertyville and hosts free acrobatic yoga in Libertyville's Cook...

Games pitch-perfect for Grayslake Summer Days festival

Aug 16 2014 | 10:05 pm - Music, food and Lake County’s only night parade are the highlights of the annual Grayslake Summer Days festival this weekend.

Grayslake fest a feast for the senses

Aug 15 2014 | 8:52 pm - You can smell Grayslake Summer Days festival before you turn the corner onto Center Street. Of course, it smells like summer. There are six local food vendor booths grilling and frying such summer classics as brats, funnel cake and corn on the cob.

Dogs make a big splash in Libertyville

Jul 12 2014 | 7:50 am - The Dog Days of Summer are underway in downtown Libertyville. Activities for your pooch run through the weekend, with Cook Park the center of much of the action. There is also an X-Treme Dog Park with a 30,000-gallon pool in the rear parking lot of...

Miss Illinois entertains seniors in Vernon Hills

Jun 28 2014 | 10:10 am - Miss Illinois Marisa Buchheit’s performance in Vernon Hills ended with “The Kiss”. Mitch Lewin spontaneously kissed Buchheit’s hand as she ended her program at Brookdale Plaza with the song “Il bacio”...

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