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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Night life events: Buffalo Grove home to new Countyline Tavern

Oct 05 2015 | 1:40 pm - Countyline Tavern opens Monday in Buffalo Grove serving up American craft fare and all-American craft beers, lagers and ales and more. Eastern Groove Studio presents super spooky belly dancing at Elgin's Martini Room with shows beginning at 8 p.m.

Dawn Patrol: Cubs tickets cheaper in Pittsburgh; McHenry Dist. 156 still closed

Oct 06 2015 | 6:54 am - Cubs playoff tickets in Pittsburgh a third of the Chicago prices. COD classes to resume after bomb scare. John Wredling, former St. Charles school leader, dies at 101. District 156 teachers return to picket lines in McHenry. Advocate Condell to end...

Dining events: Himalayan Restaurant honors the Cubs with goat biryani

Oct 05 2015 | 12:51 pm - In honor of the Cubs’ playoff run, Himalayan Restaurants in Gurnee and Niles offer up goat biryani, a traditional curried rice dish from Asia, to fans everywhere.

COD classes to resume Tuesday after bomb threat

Oct 05 2015 | 11:36 pm - A bomb threat led to cancelled classes at College of DuPage Monday night, college officials said. But classes will resume Tuesday.

INfrequently asked questions: Why haunted house job is painful

Oct 05 2015 | 6:32 am - How do you make blood? Have you been injured? Haunted House director Ashley Keel tells all in this week's INfrequently Asked Questions feature.

Night life events: Fall beer fest takes over Durty Nellie’s Saturday

Oct 01 2015 | 12:17 pm - Join Durty Nellie’s fall beer fest from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The day includes live entertainment and seasonal craft beers from around the world.

Dawn Patrol: Hanover Park trustee resigns; tension in Woodland Dist. 50

Oct 02 2015 | 5:51 am - Lombard man found guilty after car strikes, kills Crystal Lake South grad. 5 years in prison for former Villa Park Islamic Foundation finance chief. Hanover Park Trustee Ed Zimel resigns from village board. Former DuPage forest exec convicted of...

Dining events: Think pink at Tuscany for Lynn Sage campaign

Sep 29 2015 | 4:06 pm - For each dish designated with a pink ribbon ordered now through the end of the month, Tuscany’s suburban locations will donate a dollar to the Lynn Sage In Good Taste Campaign.

Dawn Patrol: Gurnee woman died from single gunshot; pedestrian killed in Bartlett

Sep 29 2015 | 5:50 am - Testimony: Double murder suspect planned to repay mistress, used distinct ammo. Gurnee police: Woman died from single gunshot. NIU student from Des Plaines dies after fall from dorm’s 11th floor. Bulls’ Rose: I’ll be proven...

Night life events: Emmett’s adds autumn tastes to brewmaster dinner

Sep 23 2015 | 1:35 pm - Join Emmett’s brewers and chefs for a taste of autumn at a seasonal brewmaster dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in West Dundee.

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