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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: Lombard man killed by wheel; Elgin cop fired over posts

Sep 30 2014 | 5:50 am - Lombard man killed by wheel in Wisconsin identified. Attorney: Man charged in FAA fire made ‘tragic mistake.’ Elgin officer fired after FB posts on Ferguson, MLK day. Female jockey punches another at Arlington Park. Motorcyclist...

Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Elk Grove crash

Sep 29 2014 | 10:29 pm - A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash Monday night in Elk Grove Village that involved a commercial work van, fire officials said.

Female jockey punches another at Arlington

Sep 29 2014 | 5:12 pm - Two female jockeys ended their season with a bang — or rather a swing , at Arlington Park racetrack Friday, police said.

Woman missing near Grayslake pond found safe late Monday

Sep 30 2014 | 8:57 am - A woman reported missing in Grayslake Monday was found safe and sound, authorities said Tuesday. Grayslake rescue personnel searched into the night Monday for a 40-year-old female who went missing near the College Trail subdivision’s...

Garage catches fire near Barrington

Sep 24 2014 | 9:56 pm - An empty garage caught fire Wednesday evening near a Cook County forest preserve in the Barrington area, fire officials said.

Dawn Patrol: District: misconduct unreported; Waukegan torture case

Sep 25 2014 | 6:04 am - Fourth person involved in Waukegan torture, murder gets 40 years. Gavin district: Teachers didn’t report misconduct. Oakwood Hills power plant proposal dies. Developer to sell The Arboretum of South Barrington. Wounded vet gets home in St.

Dawn Patrol: 5 years for fatal huffing crash; Cuneo assistant guilty

Sep 18 2014 | 5:47 am - Highland Park woman sentenced in huffing case. Lake County woman guilty in Cuneo theft. Bears’ Marshall’s past being scrutinized. Warrant: Man accused of killing grandma had financial motive. Burglar sentenced 16 years for Glen Ellyn...

Driver accused of robbing Taco Bell in Glendale Hts.

Sep 17 2014 | 5:55 pm - A man who police say ordered food at a Glendale Heights Taco Bell drive-through and then robbed a worker at gunpoint was arrested early Wednesday and charged with armed robbery.

Dawn Patrol: 1 hurt in house explosion; 6 cars, house damaged in DUI

Sep 16 2014 | 5:44 am - One injured in Elgin explosion. St. Charles liquor commission urges tobacco shop, massage parlor oversight. Woodridge teen charged with DUI after damaging six cars, house. Disabled couple visiting Schaumburg High: ‘best thing that ever...

One person injured in Elgin house explosion

Sep 16 2014 | 1:46 am - An explosion blew out the windows of an Elgin home Monday night, sending one person to the hospital, fire officials said. Just before 10 p.m. Elgin firefighters responded to a reported explosion on the 1100 block of Morningside Drive. Neighbors...

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