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: Illinois Republicans head to inauguration with more unity

Jan 20 2017 | 6:03 am - Illinois Republicans head to inauguration with more unity than before. Bolingbrook man dies in one-car crash in Naperville. Hastert wants assault victim to return $1.7 million in hush money. Gurnee police hunting mall brawl participants. Pedestrian...

Night life events: Seasons 52 intros wine and flatbread flights

Jan 18 2017 | 12:23 pm - Seasons 52 offers a new flight special: one flatbread, three wine samples and one full pour of wine starting at $15. Or get in on the prime rib and crab leg buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. every Saturday at Hawthorne’s Backyard in West Chicago.

Gang-related vandalism painted around Geneva

Jan 19 2017 | 4:57 pm - Geneva police are asking residents to be vigilant after gang symbols were painted throughout the city last weekend.

Pedestrian injured after being hit by car at Westfield Mall

Jan 19 2017 | 11:01 pm - A pedestrian was injured Thursday evening after being hit by a car in the parking lot of Westfield Mall in Vernon Hills, fire officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Caputo grocery reopening in Des Plaines

Jan 17 2017 | 5:55 am - No injuries in Elgin apartment fire. Readers don’t like idea of carpool lane on Ike. Naperville turns to students to help redevelop train station area. Caputo expected to open new Des Plaines grocery next month. Harper College proposes 4.3...

No injuries in Elgin apartment fire

Jan 16 2017 | 6:55 pm - A fire Monday morning left tenants displaced in one unit of Hunter’s Ridge Apartment complex in Elgin, but nobody was injured, fire officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Carol Stream man accused of threatening governor, sheriff

Jan 13 2017 | 6:05 am - Carol Stream man accused of threatening governor, sheriff. Bus drivers taking union vote today. Chicago man charged with shooting Aurora cabbie. Former firefighter pleads guilty to recording in fire station shower. Sentencing hearing continued for...

Night life events: Try something new at e + o

Jan 10 2017 | 4:06 pm - Mullen’s Bulls watch party. e + o’s ginger breeze drink. DRINK’s latin Wednesdays.

Carol Stream man accused of threatening governor, sheriff

Jan 13 2017 | 10:12 am - A Carol Stream man who is a registered sex offender has been charged with threatening violence against the governor and the DuPage County sheriff, DuPage officials said.

Dining events: Let the chef decide at Heaven on Seven

Jan 10 2017 | 4:05 pm - Heaven on Seven’s “Jimmy Feed Me.” John and Tony’s new chef packs a new menu. Bahama Breeze’s winter chef picks.

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