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George LeClaire

Staff 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.

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Arlington Hts. runner stays the course for 31 years

Apr 03 2014 | 4:28 pm - Dave Raub has run the same exact six-mile route through Arlington Heights most every day for 31 years. Thursday’s weather was less than ideal. “My wet hands were stinging and actually hurting from the cold, so I tucked them into the...

Lincolnshire library hosts ‘Fractured Fairy Tales’

Mar 29 2014 | 12:13 am - Karey Burton of Naperville performs the roles of a chicken, a cow, a rabbit and a clothing designer — all in one-hour. Burton is one of eight members of GreatWorks Touring Theatre Company that performed six short children’s stories...

St. Baldrick’s comes to Austin’s Saloon in Libertyville

Mar 15 2014 | 5:24 pm - Six-year-old Connor Johnson of Libertyville, a 2011 cancer survivor, shaved the head of his friend, Luke Steres, 4, of Gurnee, and got a hug afterward. Austin’s Saloon in Libertyville hosted the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event on...

Lake Villa holds a St. Patrick’s Day parade

Mar 17 2014 | 11:18 am - The Lake Villa S. Patrick's Day Parade kicked off at noon Saturday from Palombi Middle School and made its way through a nearby neighborhood before heading along Cedar Avenue in downtown. Jackie Sparacino of Schaumburg, wearing a “Kiss me...

Raupp Museum unveils renovated Crossroads exhibit

Mar 09 2014 | 2:33 am - Heloise Jacobs, 9, was on a scavenger hunt for antique, old-fashioned general store items on Saturday at the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove. The hunt was at the opening of the newly renovated Crossroads exhibit, which includes replicas of the Prairie...

Teens tinker with electronics, gadgets at library in Libertyville

Mar 07 2014 | 7:55 pm - Andy Merrill, 12, and Andrew Cluff, 13, both of Libertyville, spent Friday connecting LEDs to a breadboard and a Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer. It was the second meeting of a new teen program called “Teen Tinkers and...

Kids learn to play hockey in Hoffman Estates

Mar 01 2014 | 6:05 pm - Seventy-five kids tried learning to play hockey for the first time during Try Hockey for Free in Hoffman Estates. The 90-minute annual USA Hockey event was held on one of two ice rinks at Triphahn Center on Saturday.

Grant police officer sports red mohawk cut for good cause

Feb 28 2014 | 7:02 pm - Fox Lake Police Officer Russ Zander is sporting a new haircut these days — a “Bulldog” red mohawk. More than 200 Grant Community High School students in the lunchroom watched as the school’s community officer had his head...

Jazz in the Meadows celebrates 29th year

Feb 23 2014 | 5:12 pm - Jazz notes billowed out of all four corners of Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday during the school’s music boosters’ 29th Annual Jazz in the Meadows. More than 110 jazz bands and combos representing 62 schools from five states...

Dad, daughters break out their best dance moves in Schaumburg

Feb 15 2014 | 8:20 pm - Dads and daughters dressed up in their best clothes heated up the dance floor Saturday night to such classics as the the "Chicken Dance," "The Fox" and “Y.M.C.A.” at the Dad and Daughter Under the Sea Date Night dance at the Community...

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