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: Sleepy I-88 trucker convicted; MCC student killed

Feb 27 2015 | 5:55 am - Trucker found guilty of most charges in fatal I-88 crash. Elgin man charged in break-ins. MCC student killed in crash with commuter train. Farnham sentencing won’t be delayed despite illness. Fire destroys van in Palatine. Island Lake cop...

Dawn Patrol: Fatal crash slows trains; trucker’s trial could end today

Feb 26 2015 | 5:53 am - Fatal accident, other problems slow commute on Metra. Important ruling today in trucker's trial. School bus rolls over in Lindenhurst. Another measles case in Cook County. Newly discovered film footage shows horrors of Eastland disaster. Thibodeau...

Fatal accident, other problems slow commute on Metra

Feb 25 2015 | 10:34 pm - Some Metra commuters experienced long delays Wednesday night after a handful of incidents — including a fatal crash — created rush hour chaos on certain lines.

School bus rolls over in Lindenhurst; no injuries reported

Feb 25 2015 | 6:20 pm - A Lake Villa District 41 school bus rolled over Wednesday afternoon in Lindenhurst, but none of its four occupants were injured, police say. The crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Grand Avenue just west of Munn Road near the Lindenhurst and Lake...

Dawn Patrol: Rosemont rebated Garth Brooks $1M; Breuder responds

Feb 24 2015 | 5:42 am - Rosemont rebated Garth Brooks more than $1 million. Breuder: COD union’s accusations are ‘irresponsible and unfounded.’ Speed likely a factor in fatal Elgin crash. Woodfield, Schaumburg police say they’ll remain vigilant.

Dining events: Crepes are Krazy Good

Feb 23 2015 | 9:05 pm - New crepe spot opens for shoppers at Westfield Hawthorn; Japanese chef brings ramen noodles to Palatine; Sage Kitchen + Bar offers lenten special.

Rosemont releases details on rebating Garth Brooks $1 million

Feb 24 2015 | 1:51 pm - Rosemont officials paid Garth Brooks more than $1 million to kick off his tour last fall at Allstate Arena — but they say they made twice that in profits, according to information made public Monday. The village has fought for months to...

Dawn Patrol: Schools closed due to deep freeze; coyotes vs. deer

Feb 19 2015 | 5:42 am - Seven reasons Rauner’s budget affects the suburbs. Some suburban schools close today. U-46 fires substitute teacher who taunted student. Coyotes spotted near dead deer in West Chicago. Olaksa to claim self-defense in Naperville stabbing...

Suburban schools announcing Thursday closings due to cold

Feb 19 2015 | 8:05 am - A deep freeze overnight has area school districts again discussing how cold is too cold to attend school — with many Wednesday evening calling it off Thursday. A wind chill advisory continues remains in effect for the suburbs. Temperatures...

Dining events: Lou’s Pizza Factory opens in Arlington Heights

Feb 17 2015 | 7:08 am - Lou’s Pizza Factory recently opened under co-owners Lou Castiello and Jeffery Staadt in the space formerly occupied by the 30s Pizza Factory. Lou’s serves pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and calzones, all-you-can-eat crab legs and...

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