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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Comic Book Mania Convention visits Elgin library

Jul 19 2014 | 8:39 pm - The fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention drew large crowds (with a few people in costume) to the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin Saturday. “For me it’s more about the community of it than the comics themselves,” said Jamie...

Teen Writers & Artists Project holds dance-a-thon in St. Charles

Jul 19 2014 | 12:57 am - The Teen Writers and Artists Project, a nonprofit organization, hosted a dance marathon Friday at The Quad/Charlestowne Mall to raise funds to keep the organization running and create more events.

Geneva Public Library event pretty cool

Jul 09 2014 | 9:50 pm - The Geneva Public Library’s annual ice cream social featured a double dose of cryogenics. Dippin' Dots ice cream (a cryogenic treat) and Mr. Freeze of Fermilab, who demonstrated the science of cryogenics using liquid nitrogen.

Kane County 4-H pet show features variety of animals

Jul 08 2014 | 11:00 pm - Thirty-three children representing 10 local 4-H clubs brought their reptiles, amphibians, birds, gerbils, rabbits, hamsters and fish to the annual Kane County 4-H Small Pets Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles on Tuesday evening.

Kane County Audubon Society holds bird walk in Batavia

Jul 05 2014 | 6:30 pm - Terry Murray of Aurora and the Kane County Audubon Society led avian enthusiasts for a hike around Nelson Lake at the Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia on Saturday morning.

Cary celebrates the Fourth with music, fireworks

Jul 03 2014 | 10:25 pm - The Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park in Cary drew large crowds to the pre-Fourth of July event, hosted by the Cary Park District, on Thursday night. Families and friends gathered on blankets and lawn chairs as they listened to the 70s and 80s...

Model airplanes of yesteryear take to the skies in St. Charles

Jun 27 2014 | 6:11 pm - The Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics radio controlled airplane event runs through Saturday at their field at Route 38 and Peck Road in St. Charles.

Lt. Gov. Simon promotes Link Card at Elgin harvest market

Jun 26 2014 | 6:13 pm - Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon visited the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Thursday advocating for locally grown foods. Simon is on a statewide tour urging more farmers markets to accept Link cards so all residents can access homegrown products.

Comic Book Fun at Batavia Public Library

Jun 24 2014 | 4:21 pm - Kids create their own comic book characters at the Batavia Public Library.

Moving picture: Elgin woman teaches belly dancing

May 16 2014 | 1:59 pm - Christina King is more than a belly dancer. She lives and breathes all that it entails. King grew up immersed in the Middle Eastern and North African cultures where it flourishes. And she has come to realize it's about much more than the...

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