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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Dawn Patrol: Body found in woods; same-sex engagement leads to firing

Jul 31 2014 | 5:50 am - Body found in Lake County forest preserve. Inverness church music director fired over same-sex engagment. Tree cutting sparks vandalism in Rolling Meadows. Construction worker hurt by falling concrete near Rosemont. Round Lake gang member sentenced.

Construction worker hurt on I-90 near Rosemont

Jul 30 2014 | 4:56 pm - A construction worker was injured Wednesday afternoon when a piece of concrete fell on him in a construction zone on I-90 near Rosemont, the Illinois State Police said.

Aurora man gets 15 years for sex assault

Jul 30 2014 | 7:36 pm - An Aurora man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting a young child he knew, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said.

Body found in Waukegan forest preserve

Jul 31 2014 | 1:44 pm - Lake County Forest Preserve police discovered the body of a woman Wednesday at Lyons Woods in Waukegan, police said.

Dawn Patrol: Man injured outside bar dies; police ID man in fatal crash

Jul 29 2014 | 5:53 am - Palatine man injured outside bar dies. Police ID Hoffman Estates man in fatal Schaumburg crash. Charity covers funeral for Barrington infant who starved to death. Rolling Meadows trees cut down despite neighbors’ protests. Elgin escapee to...

Judge: Elgin Mental health escapee to get fitness test

Jul 28 2014 | 10:06 pm - A judge Monday ordered a man who authorities say escaped custody of the Elgin Mental Health Center and led police on an eight-hour manhunt earlier this month to undergo a fitness test next week.

Palatine man charged with murder after punch victim dies

Jul 29 2014 | 6:05 pm - A Palatine man accused of throwing a punch that fatally injured a 26-year-old man during an altercation outside a bar is in custody on a newly filed charge of first-degree murder, police said this afternoon. Michael Platt, 35, previously faced a...

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.

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