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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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...

Geneva celebrates Earth Day at Peck Farm Park

Apr 18 2015 | 7:04 pm - For the eighth straight year, Geneva celebrated Earth Day Saturday at Peck Farm Park. The festivities started off with a 2.5 mile hike and Earth Day cleanup around the park. Kayla Villa, 14, of St. Charles gathered large handfuls of plastic bags and...

Batavia Mothers’ Club 15h annual 5K/10K runs raise money for local charities

Apr 11 2015 | 6:22 pm - The Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation held their 15th annual Fox Trot races along the Fox River Trail Saturday. The races raise money for several local charities and schools.

Kids visit Batavia businesses on Easter egg hunt

Apr 04 2015 | 7:20 pm - The second annual Downtown Batavia Easter Egg Hop, hosted by Batavia MainStreet and River City Church, allowed kids to hop around downtown to find eggs and win raffle prizes and gift certificates donated by downtown businesses Saturday.

Stations of the Cross walk draw thousands in Aurora

Apr 03 2015 | 5:21 pm - A Stations of the Cross reenactment on Good Friday in Aurora drew thousands to walk along the route between Sacred Hearth Catholic Church and St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Residents portrayed various members of the biblical drama, including...

Senior Stroll draws walkers no matter what the weather

Apr 02 2015 | 4:24 pm - The Kane County Forest Preserve District’s Senior Stroll drew more than a dozen walkers Thursday to Fabyan East Forest Preserve in Geneva for the monthly event.

15,000 eggs up for grabs at Mooseheart Easter egg hunt

Mar 28 2015 | 4:05 pm - Mooseheart Child City & School’s fifth annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning featured 15,000 plastic eggs sprinkled on the field for four different age groups eight and under, allowing for everyone to have plenty of eggs and other...

Lauren Tarshis visits Ferson Creek Elementary

Mar 25 2015 | 5:24 pm - Children's author Lauren Tarshis visited students Wednesday at Ferson Creek Elementary School in St.Charles.

Meet the Elgin woman who went from an engineer to ballet dancer

Mar 24 2015 | 9:57 am - Ruffled red skirts swirl in huge circular patterns on the dance floor, creating a feast for the eyes as well as a strong breeze. Every few seconds between the double swirls you can catch a glimpse of the bright eyes and beaming smile of Cynthia G.

Arcada Theatre organ plays once more before restoration

Mar 23 2015 | 5:40 am - The dulcet tones of the Arcada Theatre's 3/16 Marr Colton/Geneva pipe organ filled the historic venue Sunday during a free concert hosted by The Chicago Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts. It was the organ's final performance before work begins on a...

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