Laura Stoecker

Senior 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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Images: West Aurora boys tennis invitational

Apr 30 2016 | 3:39 pm - Images from the West Aurora boys tennis invitational on Saturday, April 30

Batavia foundation’s charity Fox Trot draws more than 325 participants

Apr 30 2016 | 11:41 am - The Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s 16th Annual Fox Trot 5K and 10K Race drew moree than 325 participants of all ages to the Batavia Riverwalk Saturday morning.

Images: #TBT Gallery features odd & fun news events

Apr 13 2016 | 2:07 pm - This week’s #TBT gallery features a wide variety of odd and fun events we’ve covered over the years.

Fairdale: one year later

Apr 09 2016 | 5:50 pm - The town of Fairdale marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that tore apart the town with a community brunch, groundbreaking for a new home, guest speaker Gov. Rauner, distribution of gifts and a kite fly.

‘Hands Around the Courthouse’ brings attention to child abuse

Apr 07 2016 | 4:09 pm - CASA Kane County’s ‘Hands Around the Courthouse’ brings attention to Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

Thousands race for eggs at annual Mooseheart hunt

Mar 19 2016 | 6:49 pm - When the football scoreboard clock struck zero, roughly 4,000 children and their families were unleashed to collect eggs at Mooseheart’s sixth annual Easter egg hunt in Batavia Saturday. Within five minutes, there was no trace of the goodies...

Images: St. Charles East over Prairie Ridge, 68-46 in boys sectional basketball

Mar 09 2016 | 10:53 pm - The St. Charles East High School boys basketball team topped Prairie Ridge 68-46 in the Class 4A Rock Valley College sectional semifinals on Wednesday, March 9, in Rockford.

Images: Aurora Christian falls to Rockridge, 51-40 in boys supersectional basketball

Mar 08 2016 | 11:20 pm - The Aurora Christian boys basketball team fell to Rockridge 51-40 in the Class 2A NIU supersectional on Tuesday, March 8, in DeKalb.

Images: St. Charles East claims regional title with a 58-41 win over Batavia in boys basketball

Mar 04 2016 | 11:08 pm - The St. Charles East High School boys basketball team hosted and won 58-41 over Batavia in the Class 4A St. Charles East regional championship game Friday, March 4.

Images: St. Charles East over Geneva, 48-45 in boys regional basketball

Mar 02 2016 | 10:23 pm - The St. Charles East boys basketball team edged Geneva 48-45 in the Class 4A St. Charles East regional semifinal on Wednesday, March 2.

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