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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Dawn Patrol: Man charged with DUI after hitting squad car

Feb 09 2016 | 5:51 am - Sheriff’s office: Drunken driver hit squad car in Beach Park. Police identify man in fatal Aurora crash. Batavia photo booth took picture of thief, police say. Antioch-area man missing. U-46 school board member chastised for...

Police: Photo booth took picture of man committing theft

Feb 08 2016 | 7:39 pm - Batavia police used social media to help capture a man who stole from a photo booth and left his picture behind, police said.

Garage catches fire in Geneva

Feb 08 2016 | 5:59 pm - A fire started by carelessly discarded smoking materials in a Geneva garage Monday morning caused $40,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Police identify man in fatal crash

Feb 08 2016 | 4:57 pm - A 33-year-old man who died early Sunday after a car crashed into a house in Aurora has been identified.
Obed Cruz-Hernandez, of Aurora, was pronounced dead at 2:43 a.m. at Rush Copley Medical Center.

Missing Antioch-area man found

Feb 09 2016 | 7:07 am - An Antioch-area man reported missing Monday night has been found safe.

Sheriff’s office: Drunken driver hit squad car in Beach Park

Feb 08 2016 | 5:56 pm - A Lake County sheriff’s deputy was not injured after a drunken driver hit his squad car early Monday morning, officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Lombard fire destroys garage

Feb 05 2016 | 9:03 am - Ex-Aurora man gets 6 years for child sex abuse. Officials: Lombard fire destroys garage, vehicle inside. Ex-Carol Stream library board president put family first, was ‘straight talker.’ Ex-Palatine man who decapitated mom gets supervised...

Night life events: Schaumburg’s Level 257 hosts Mardi Gras Masquerade

Feb 04 2016 | 12:59 pm - PAC-MAN leads the Mardi Gras Masquerade celebration beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Level 257 in Schaumburg. Plus other fun night life events happening this weekend.

Dining events: Enjoy Gene & Georgetti’s new lounge offerings

Feb 03 2016 | 2:08 pm - Gene & Georgetti’s offers a new prime time menu in its lounge area. Get some authentic Fat Tuesday eats Feb. 9 at Elgin Public House.

Officials: Lombard fire destroys garage, vehicle inside

Feb 04 2016 | 6:02 pm - A fire Thursday morning destroyed a Lombard garage and the vehicle inside, causing about $50,000 in damage, fire officials said.

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