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: Blackened channels Metallica at Algonquin’s Thirsty Whale

Mar 22 2017 | 10:49 am - Blackened takes its Metallica tribute to Algonquin’s Thirsty Whale beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Root for the Blackhawks with the right drinks in hand at Official’s Time Out in Hoffman Estates.

Dining events: Morton’s turns to ocean platters for Lent

Mar 21 2017 | 7:54 am - Morton’s suburban locations serves up two ocean platters for your Lent observation. SugarToad in Naperville honors Earth Hour with a sustainable supper: a three-course, candlelit dinner with wine pairings that begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday,...

Dawn Patrol: Batavia crash sends driver to hospital

Mar 17 2017 | 6:07 am - Woman hospitalized after crashing into Batavia bank. Closed door limits fire damage in Round Lake. Northwestern advances, will face Gonzaga next. O’Hare volunteer lawyers staying put despite judicial suspension of travel ban. Police...

Dining events: Lent, Irish specials on the menu this weekend

Mar 15 2017 | 7:03 pm - Francesca’s celebrates national ravioli day, wihle Whirlyball nods to St. Patrick with a reuben pizza. Check out this weekend’s dining specials.

Police investigating deaths of two 18-year-olds in St. Charles

Mar 16 2017 | 9:13 pm - Police were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the 0-100 block of North 17th Street in St. Charles and found two 18-year-olds, who were taken to Delnor Hospital and pronounced dead.

Woman hospitalized after car crashes into Batavia bank

Mar 17 2017 | 10:00 am - One person was taken to the hospital in serious condition after a car crashed into a column outside a Batavia bank Thursday evening, fire officials said.

Closed door limits fire damage in Round Lake

Mar 16 2017 | 10:25 pm - A fire damaged a Round Lake home Thursday evening, but fire officials say a closed bedroom door was key in containing the blaze.

Night life events: Parties, bar crawls for St. Patrick’s weekend

Mar 15 2017 | 10:45 am - Suburban bars and restaurants are offering plenty of parties and drink specials for your weekend celebrations.

Snow winners: Waukegan, 14 inches; Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, 13

Mar 14 2017 | 5:23 pm - Metra officials are hoping for normal on the ride home after a messy commute to work this morning because of snow. Waukegan got the highest snow total over two days since early Monday, with 14 inches. Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire followed with 13.

Round Lake Beach man charged after hostage situation

Mar 13 2017 | 8:02 pm - A Round Lake Beach man has been charged after a case of domestic battery turned into a hostage and barricade situation that started Sunday night and stretched into early Monday, police said.

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