Laura Stoecker

Staff Photographer
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Laura Stoecker is a staff photographer covering Kane and McHenry counties. She has been in the field since 1994. She attended Columbia College Chicago where she earned a bachelor's degree in photography with a concentration in photojournalism.

During college, she freelanced for weekly suburban newspapers, an online prep sports magazine and other businesses. She had several internships including the Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events and the United Way, before joining the Daily Herald in 1998.

Laura has received several awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Illinois Press Photographers Association for her work over the years. The one she is most proud of is a 2005 Peter Lisagor Award for her four-part feature story on Luke and Zach Branson of North Aurora, twins with spastic cerebral palsy. Laura worked on the series for three years covering their daily lives with their family, as well as hyperbaric oxygen treatments in Florida, medical treatments, surgeries to help them walk, their road to recovery and seeing them walk with the aid of braces and a walker. She both wrote and photographed the story.

Nine months after Hurricane Katrina hit, Laura traveled with a reporter to Mississippi to cover restoration efforts of a church youth group on their spring break. Images from that project are still among the favorites in her portfolio today.

Beyond her work for the Daily Herald, Laura tries to make a difference in the communities she covers. She volunteers her time to many organizations in the Tri-Cities area, including Field of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption in St. Charles, the Autism Society of Illinois and Water Street Studios in Batavia. After doing a story on animal rescues from high-kill shelters, Laura now devotes time to helping find dogs and cats new homes.

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Talented teens rock Algonquin library

Sep 24 2014 | 7:17 pm - Teens with a broad range of musical talents showed off their skills Wednesday during Rock the Mic, an event hosted by the Music Industry Club of Harry D. Jacobs High School. Six musical acts were on the set list for the event, which took place at...

Row America offers free trial classes in St. Charles

Aug 22 2014 | 5:06 pm - Row America offers free trial rowing classes on theFox River at Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles.

Geneva High administrators accept ALS challenge

Aug 20 2014 | 9:30 pm - The high school marching band and athletic teams at Geneva High School perform the ALS Bucket Challenge by pouring ice water over the heads of administrators.

Horses, pageantry take center stage in St. Charles

Aug 16 2014 | 6:50 pm - The Festival Of The Horse & Drum is 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The country’s only multicultural, multimedia equestrian festival.

Elburn Days festival features new events, old favorites

Aug 16 2014 | 6:26 pm - Elburn Days Friday through Sunday at Elburn Lions Park near Stetzer Avenue and South Street. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. 5K Run and 1M Fun Run/Walk 7 a.m. Saturday, livestock judging at 8 a.m., rummage and bake sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Gall...

St. Charles North High School drill team hosts 15th annual dance clinic

Aug 14 2014 | 4:31 pm - The St. Charles North High School drill team hosts a four-day dance clinic for elementary and middle school students.

St. Charles artist paints with fire and smoke

Aug 15 2014 | 10:26 am - Abstract artist Anne Ressman Zabinski of St. Charles uses not only acrylic paints, watercolors and alcohol inks in her work, but also specializes in a technique called fumage, which is painting with a flame and smoke. She uses different sources of...

McHenry County honors Purple Heart recipients with monument

Aug 07 2014 | 7:36 pm - While about 200 people looked on Thursday, a monument was dedicated on Purple Heart Day to McHenry County residents who have won the award. The monument’s creation and dedication event at the McHenry County Courthouse was organized by retired...

Geneva’s Peck Farm Park draws a crowd

Aug 06 2014 | 5:04 pm - The Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park in Geneva crowded with butterflies and visitors Wednesday afternoon.

South Elgin celebrates National Night Out

Aug 05 2014 | 9:38 pm - South Elgin was among the many Fox Valley communities participating in the 31st annual National Night Out Against Crime with block parties, games and other activities. National Night out, which is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday in August,...

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