Editorial

John Starks

Staff Photographer
  • Phone(847) 769-4930
  • Emailjstarks@dailyherald.com
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+John Starks

John Starks has been a staff photographer with the Daily Herald since 1997. He worked for eight years in the Arlington Heights Office Center and currently calls the Elgin bureau his home base, although most shifts are spent working from his car.

Prior to the Daily Herald, he worked as a staff photographer for the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, The Lorain Morning Journal near Cleveland, and The Monroe Evening News in Michigan. The Evening News was one of the nation's last evening-delivered daily newspapers. He also worked as a staff writer for the Sturgis Journal in Michigan, covering police, county government, and features.

He started his career in the late 1980s shooting black-and-white film that was hand rolled, and hand processed. Prints were made in chemical trays in a darkroom. He was among the first newspaper photojournalists in the Chicago area to fully change all aspects of his daily work to digital.

He has covered three national political conventions and photographed every U.S. President since Richard Nixon, when, as fourth-grader on a family vacation, he pushed the button of his box camera as the disgraced president left the White House for the last time.

He considers coverage of the 1995 Major League Baseball World Series a highlight of his career. He also photographed Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls as they won the NBA Championship in 1998. He also covered each of the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs playoff appearances in the last decade. John was the on-site photo editor for the Daily Herald coverage team in 2003 when the famous Steve Bartman incident happened at Wrigley Field. He also traveled twice to New Orleans to cover the Hurricane Katrina devastation in 2005.

He has won more than 120 national, regional and state awards for news, features, sports, portraits, pictorials, sports portfolio, and nature photographs, as well as videography.

John graduated with a journalism degree from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Illinois Press Photographers Association.

He and his wife have two kids and own a children's book publishing company.

Complete the form below to send John a message

Your full name
Your e-mail address
Your phone number
Your message
items 1-10 out of 184


Images: Summer fades out in The Week in Pictures

Aug 21 2016 | 8:16 pm - The first day of school marks the last day of summer

Images: Six tons of potato take up space in The Week in Pictures

Aug 12 2016 | 9:52 pm - Take a minute to relive last week

Images: Chicago Bears fall to Denver Broncos, 22-0 in a preseason game

Aug 11 2016 | 10:26 pm - See images from the Chicago Bears’ 22-0 loss in a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field in Chicago Thursday night.

Images: That was a fun Week in Pictures

Aug 07 2016 | 6:29 pm - So many pictures, so little time

Mothers and daughters enjoy time in the fair spotlight

Aug 04 2016 | 9:43 pm - Mother/Daughter Look-alike Contest shined at the McHenry County Fair in Woodstock on Thursday.

Images: Summer heat and county fairs make the Week in Pictures gallery

Jul 31 2016 | 1:53 pm - Enjoy and easy look back at last week in suburban Chicago

Images: White Sox over Cubs, 5-4 on Monday

Jul 25 2016 | 11:08 pm - See action from the Chicago White Sox’ 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs at US Cellular Field in Chicago Monday night.

Images: Community, festivals and Pokemon Go

Jul 17 2016 | 9:20 pm - Pictures of the week gallery from our best photos at the Daily Herald

IMAGES: Everybody likes festivals and pictures

Jul 10 2016 | 10:55 am - The weather was perfect for so many summer festivals last week

Images: #TBT Gallery revisits Cooks of the Weeks

Jul 05 2016 | 1:26 pm - This week’s #TBT Gallery revisits our Cooks of the Week from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

items 1-10 out of 184


Latest Tweets