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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‘Weeding party’ at Geneva’s city hall gardens

Jun 19 2015 | 5:52 pm - About a dozen volunteers gathered to spruce up Geneva's city hall gardens Friday in prepartion for next week's Swedish Days festival.

Elgin 5K raises awareness for esophageal cancer

Jun 13 2015 | 9:18 pm - Bob Geier died of esophageal cancer in 2011, but The Smiles 4 Bob 5K has been raising money since 2012 when daughter Kayla, who is now 27, was helped by her mother Jan, brother Lucas, and sister Meghan in organizing the event. "I wanted to find a...

Scratching up bargains at Kane County Flea Market

Jun 06 2015 | 4:34 pm - Hundreds of dealers come to the Kaen County Fairgrounds 10 months a year to sell their wares, provide a place of unique items and even more unique bargains.

United Methodist Women rummage sale benefits local charities

Jun 05 2015 | 4:55 pm - United Methodist Women host a rummage sale at First United Methodist Church in Elgin through saturday.

U-46 Book Bus gives kids summer reading choices

Jun 04 2015 | 4:31 pm - The U-46 Book Bus stopped at McKinley Elementary School in Elgin Thursday to encourage students to read this summer. The Book Bus is a mobile giveaway book exchange for U-46 students where they can get books, give books, and trade books.

Geneva’s Mill Creek garage sale returns

May 07 2015 | 4:30 pm - Mill Creek's annual community garage sale in Geneva and Batavia continues Friday and Saturday with plenty of good bargains still to be had.

Kids at Hanover Park school flip over Jesse White Tumblers

May 07 2015 | 4:30 pm - The Jesse White Tumblers performed for students at Ontarioville Elementary School Thursday in Hanover Park. The performance was a reward for students earning an honor in the Elgin Area School District U-46 summer reading program last year.

Bargain hunters return to St. Charles for the Kane County Flea Market

May 03 2015 | 5:05 pm - Veteran bargain hunters pulling wagons full of new treasures cruised the booths Sunday while others juggled purchases in their arms, as the Kane County Flea Market returned to the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

Several barbershop quartets bring harmony to Fox Valley show

May 02 2015 | 8:59 pm - The Fox Valley Men of Harmony Barbershop Chorus presented its 69th annual Spring Show to a large crowd at First United Methodist Church in Elgin. The chorus was composed of three quartets — the Clef Hangers, Golden Chords and Mood Makers --...

Kick-scooter fans attempt to break world record in Batavia

Apr 25 2015 | 7:24 pm - With spirits as bright as their raincoats, about 175 kick-scooter enthusiasts age 10 and up took to the Fox River Trail in Batavia Saturday morning in an attempt to break a world record. Organized by Batavian Randy Simonian, the goal was to become a...

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