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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Night life events: New Teddy B’s sports daily specials

Mar 27 2015 | 7:25 am - Teddy B’s Brews Bites Beats recently opened in Roselle featuring an eclectic food menu, lots of beer and regular live music. Plus, Elgin Public House serves up daily specials and Niche's late-night specials pair Goose Island beers with...

Dawn Patrol: Quake near Lake in the Hills; student brings BB gun to school

Mar 26 2015 | 6:14 am - Earthquake reported near Lake in the Hills. Hinsdale South student brings BB gun to school. Carpentersville candidate admits lying. Police say Round Lake Beach man drove drunk with kids in car. Parents want to let kids skip tests. Panera to open in...

Official: Hinsdale South student brought BB gun to school

Mar 25 2015 | 11:26 pm - A Hinsdale South student brought a broken BB gun to school Wednesday, district officials said. An investigation began as soon as a student reported that a fellow student brought a weapon to school, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 officials...

Earthquake reported west of Lake in the Hills

Mar 25 2015 | 10:47 pm - A 2.9 magnitude earthquake has been reported about a mile west of Lake in the Hills, according to the US Geological Survey. Word spread quickly through social media with people reporting that they heard a loud boom in surrounding towns including...

Dining events: New salads join Fogo de Chao's menu

Mar 24 2015 | 10:48 am - Fogo de Chao in Rosemont welcomes spring with several light and fresh menu additions. Aliano's Express is now open for business in Batavia. And prasino focuses on raw foods in celebration of Earth Hour 2015 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

Dawn Patrol: Bulls clinch playoff spot; ex-Islamic Foundation official admits theft

Mar 24 2015 | 6:45 am - Bulls clinch playoff spot. Former Islamic Foundation finance director admits theft. Son sentenced to 35 years for killing father. Tuscan Market has new owners in Arlington Hts. St. Charles woman dies after crash. Displaced Rolling Meadows residents...

St. Charles woman dies after crash in parking lot

Mar 23 2015 | 8:22 pm - A St. Charles woman died of multiple traumatic injuries Sunday after she crashed her car in a Jewel-Osco parking lot, Kane County coroner’s officials said Monday.

Dawn Patrol: 2 hurt on Route 53 up north; Elgin mom, child escape fire

Mar 19 2015 | 5:44 am - Rookie Mirotic’s outstanding month continues in win over Pacers. Two injured in Route 53 semi crash. Elgin mother and child escape house fire. Westmont woman pleads guilty to fatally stabbing husband. Would harder to crush pills help curb...

Semi rollover accident stalls traffic on Rt. 53

Mar 19 2015 | 1:31 pm - Two people were injured and traffic extensively delayed this afternoon when a semi rolled over on Route 53 at Lake-Cook Road, state police said. The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m. on the ramp from Route 53 northbound to Lake-Cook Road eastbound...

4 hurt in crash on I-88

Mar 19 2015 | 5:57 am - Four people were taken to the hospital after a crash on Interstate 88 Wednesday night, fire officials said. The crash happened at 8:30 p.m. on westbound I-88 just west of Route 59, Naperville Fire Captain Paul Martin said.

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