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: Immigrants urged to learn their rights

Dec 06 2016 | 6:03 am - Immigrants urged to learn their rights, stay involved. Two Pearl Harbor survivors honored in Aurora. Rosemont man admits killing 14-year-old Des Plaines boy. Gurnee board OK with police body cameras, stun guns. Foxx says she’ll be a regular...

Night life events: It’s a party all weekend for Craftsman’s grand opening

Nov 30 2016 | 2:46 pm - Two Brothers Brewing Company is hosting special events Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2-4, to celebrate the grand opening of The Craftsman in downtown Naperville.

Dawn Patrol: Man found shot in Hoffman Estates shopping center

Dec 02 2016 | 5:48 am - Man found shot in Hoffman Estates shopping center. Mount Prospect drunken driver gets 13 years for hitting trooper. Hawthorn Woods woman, one of Chicago’s first female paramedics, dies. McHenry man charged with stealing more than $1 million...

No injuries when Metra train strikes vehicle in Mt. Prospect

Dec 01 2016 | 8:24 pm - Nobody was injured when a Metra train on the Union Pacific Northwest line struck a vehicle in Mount Prospect during Thursday evening’s commute.

Warrant issued in Waukegan murder case

Dec 01 2016 | 8:20 pm - Waukegan police have issued a warrant for first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Waukegan teen last month, police said Thursday.

Dawn Patrol: One driver killed in collision near Huntley

Nov 29 2016 | 6:00 am - One driver killed in collision near Huntley. SIU student from Aurora dies in Carbondale fire. Workers at O’Hare on strike today. Autopsy on Fox Lake woman inconclusive. Carbon monoxide causes partial evacuation in Wauconda. Garage fire...

Carbon monoxide forces partial evacuation in Wauconda

Nov 29 2016 | 1:00 am - A heater emitting carbon monoxide into a pool area caused part of a Wauconda health care facility to be evacuated to other areas of the building while emergency responders investigated, fire officials said.

Autopsy on Fox Lake woman inconclusive

Nov 28 2016 | 9:19 pm - An autopsy on a Fox Lake woman found dead near Nippersink Lake over the weekend has come back inconclusive, coroner’s officials said on Monday.

One driver killed in collision near Huntley

Nov 28 2016 | 11:22 pm - One person died Monday evening after a crash at an intersection in an unincorporated area near Huntley -- the second fatality at that location in less than a week, officials said.

Garage fire spreads to home in Hanover Park

Nov 28 2016 | 11:03 pm - A Hanover Park family was displaced by a house fire Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called at 2 p.m. to the two-story home on the 1800 block of Zeppelin Drive for a fire in the attached garage, Hanover Park Fire Department Batallion Chief...

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