Sara Hooker

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Sara Hooker currently works as a breaking news beat reporter on Monday and Wednesday nights, and writes dining and drink columns for the Daily Heraldís entertainment section, as well as edits stories for Reflejos.

Sara began her career with the Daily Herald in 2004 as a reporter in the DuPage County bureau covering the communities of Glen Ellyn and Glendale Heights. In 2005, she began covering Indian Prairie School District 204.

In 2007, following the birth of her oldest child, she went part-time and has since worked on various web projects, editing and story assignments.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Sara worked as a reporter and editor at Southern Illinois University Carbondaleís college paper, the Daily Egyptian.

Sara earned a bachelorís degree in journalism from SIU and a masterís degree in public affairs reporting from University of Illinois Springfield.

As part of the masters program at UIS, Sara completed an internship in the Daily Heraldís Springfield bureau covering statehouse politics.

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No one hurt in Fox Lake house fire

Feb 25 2017 | 10:20 pm - A fire started by grease in a Fox Lake kitchen Saturday displaced a family after their home was heavily damaged, fire officials said.

Pedestrian killed by train in Antioch

Feb 25 2017 | 7:55 pm - A pedestrian walking along the railroad tracks in Antioch was struck and killed near the North Avenue railroad crossing, police said.

2 men identified in fatal West Chicago crash

Feb 25 2017 | 9:45 pm - Two men who died after an apparent head-on collision Friday evening on Fabyan Parkway near Route 38 in West Chicago have been identified as brothers, the DuPage County coroner’s office said.

Dawn Patrol: Rauner honors Buffalo Grove resident’s heroism

Feb 24 2017 | 6:08 am - Rauner honors Buffalo Grove resident’s heroism. Three-car crash in Melrose Park kills Addison woman. Geneva man pleads guilty to 2 burglaries, gets 10 years. Fire starts in Lake Forest basement. Old tollway coin buckets on their way out.

Night life events: Rib House makes a monster of a Mary

Feb 22 2017 | 11:21 am - Crystal Lake Rib House’s Mega Mary lives up to its name with elaborate garnish skewers that include ribs, sausage, chicken wings, a burger, bacon, hard-boiled eggs and more.

Dining events: Morton’s offers a menu worthy of an Oscar

Feb 22 2017 | 10:48 am - Watch the Oscars live at Morton’s Sunday, Feb. 26, with a prix fixe menu paired with award winning wines and best supporting spirits. It’s one of this week’s dining events.

Fire starts in Lake Forest basement

Feb 23 2017 | 6:41 pm - Two elderly people were helped away from their Lake Forest home by emergency responders after a fire started in the basement Thursday morning, fire officials said.

Rauner honors Buffalo Grove resident’s heroism

Feb 23 2017 | 10:28 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner honored Buffalo Grove resident Duncan O.C. Harris on Thursday in Springfield.

Three-car crash in Melrose Park kills Addison woman

Feb 23 2017 | 10:33 pm - An Addison woman died after another driver blew a red light early Wednesday morning in Melrose Park, causing a three-car accident, police said.

Dawn Patrol: Opponents of homeless plan speak out

Feb 21 2017 | 6:06 am - Opponents of Midlothian Manor near Lake Zurich cite location, safety Man dies in motorcycle crash in Glendale Heights. Flowers, trees face downside to this week’s warmup. Streamwood teen dies after being hit by SUV. Oakton set to vote on...

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