Sara Hooker

Staff Writer
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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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Dining events: Free froyo Saturday at Menchie’s in Bloomingdale

Jul 21 2014 | 1:44 pm - The newest Menchie’s frozen yogurt opens Saturday, July 26, in Bloomingdale. A grand opening weeklong celebration kicks off Saturday with free yogurt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rookies All-American Pub and Grill serves up $1 burgers and hot dogs...

Dawn Patrol: Escapee charged; Mt. Prospect OKs center expansion

Jul 17 2014 | 5:44 am - Escapee from mental health center caught. Mount Prospect shopping center expansion approved. Social media convention goes awry. Kids play one sport these days. Aurora police: 2 men in custody after being on the run. Aurora man convicted 7th time for...

Dining events: Four new ways to Zoup up your day

Jul 17 2014 | 4:11 pm - Zoup! dishes up a set of summer gazpacho soups; El Tapeo set to open in Oak Brook; P.M. Prime in Highwood is now open for business.

Dawn Patrol: ‘Polar’ air moves in; Glen Ellyn mom on ceiling collapse

Jul 15 2014 | 5:44 am - ‘Polar’ air expected overnight. Glen Ellyn mom happy kids safe after ceiling collapse. Schaumburg native swaps Broadway dreams for production success. Massive wooden soldier moved to Pingree Grove. Des Plaines oasis demo underway. A...

Dawn Patrol: Killer gets 3 life sentences; Charges against ex-Bull

Jul 10 2014 | 5:44 am - Howard gets 3 life sentences, plus 60 years. Documents detail allegations against ex-Bull. Barrington Hills teen pleads guilty in fatal DUI. Gurnee man accused of having child porn. Aurora man guilty of burglarizing ex-girlfriend’s home.

Southbound I-355 expected to reopen after truck fire near Roosevelt Road

Jul 10 2014 | 12:05 am - A semitrailer truck fire caused officials to close all southbound lanes of I-355 Wednesday afternoon near Roosevelt Road in DuPage County. State police said the truck was loaded with paper products when it caught fire about 1:10 p.m. as it traveled...

Dawn Patrol: Fund for boy caught in sinkhole; Barrington road projects

Jul 08 2014 | 5:38 am - Elgin boy caught in sinkhole home, fund set up. Barrington OK's road projects. Wheaton approves new DuPage health center. Why we don’t see lightning bugs in the suburbs. Fire at Rizzo’s in Naperville started outside. Boating victim...

Night life events: Aurora’s Chef Amaury hosts Goose Island for beer dinner

Jul 07 2014 | 5:00 pm - Goose Island beers meet the fine dining of Chef Amaury in Aurora starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. Featured beers include Sofie 2014, Lolita 2013, Matilda 2014, Pepe Nero 2012 and Pere Jacque 2013 with a 5-course meal. Cool off with Bandito...

Dining events: Brewmaster dinner at Emmett's in Palatine

Jul 08 2014 | 9:07 am - Emmett's Palatine hosts a brewmaster dinner; it's Lobster Fest time again at Shaw's Crab House; Weber Grill's supports the military with a new patriotic burger.

North Aurora motorcyclist succumbs to crash injuries

Jul 07 2014 | 10:30 pm - A North Aurora motorcyclist who was injured in a crash last month has died from his injuries.

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