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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Dining events: Morton’s adds special 3-course deal

Jul 21 2016 | 3:55 pm - Morton’s The Steakhouse debuts a special three-course menu. Spears Bourbon Burgers Beer is raising money for wounded veterans with a 5-pound burger eating challenge beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Dawn Patrol: No ID yet on pilot of crashed plane

Jul 22 2016 | 5:52 am - No ID yet on pilot of plane that crashed in Plainfield. Police: Naperville protester’s tent fire likely arson. North Aurora teen pleads guilty in death of Marmion classmate. Aurora police seeking information on two shootings. St. Charles man...

Night life events: Lucky Monk hosts release party for Two Brothers’ beer

Jul 21 2016 | 3:47 pm - The Lucky Monk in South Barrington hosts a release party beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, for a Two Brothers’ collaboration: the Longest Day Double IPA. Capital Grille’s signature summer series — The Generous Pour —...

Aurora police seeking information on two shootings

Jul 21 2016 | 7:45 pm - Aurora police are seeking help from the public after two separate shootings Wednesday that did not strike any of the intended victims.

St. Charles man charged in Elgin armed robbery

Jul 21 2016 | 7:50 pm - A St. Charles man has been charged with the armed robbery of a gas station in Elgin earlier this month, police said.

North Aurora teen pleads guilty in death of Marmion classmate

Jul 22 2016 | 4:07 pm - A North Aurora teen pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless driving in the death of a fellow Marmion Academy senior who fell off a vehicle's running board at the school in May and suffered a fatal head injury, Kane County officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Tent home of Naperville ‘protester’ burns down

Jul 19 2016 | 6:00 am - Tent home of Naperville ‘protester’ burns down. Man fleeing attacker injured after jumping from Rt. 53 overpass. Dist. 62 board president says give new superintendent a chance. Medical event may have preceded Fox Lake cash. Heroin...

Police: Man fleeing fight injured after jumping from overpass

Jul 19 2016 | 4:28 pm - A man was injured Monday after jumping from an overpass on Lake-Cook Road down onto Route 53 to flee a fight with bat-wielding attackers, Lake County Sheriff's police say.

Dawn Patrol: Attack by truck kills 84 in France; O’Hare expansion deal

Jul 15 2016 | 6:08 am - Reports: Truck plows into crowd in France, at least 80 dead. Prosecutors: Lawyer shouldn’t represent mom, son in different cases. Report: O’Hare expansion deal reached. Arlington Heights a big winner in Readers’ Choice contest.

Night life events: Test your strength at Beer Market’s stein-holding contest

Jul 13 2016 | 3:14 pm - How long can you hold a stein? Find out at The Beer Market Schaumburg’s Hofbrauhaus of America Masskrugstemmen stein-holding contest beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Get your fill of beer and pork Sunday at the Windy City Smokeout.

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