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George LeClaireStaff Photographer
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.