Laura Milbrath Stewart

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Laura Stewart, editorial assistant and feature writer, joined the Daily Herald in 1999, in the paperís Lake County bureau in Vernon Hills.

There, she worked as a community news coordinator and reporter, covering everything from village board meetings (for Third Lake) to Neighbor feature stories.

In January 2002, Stewart moved to the features department at the Daily Herald's office center in Arlington Heights. There, her main focus was working for the TimeOut! entertainment guide, putting together weekly entertainment pages and writing feature stories for both the TimeOut! and the Suburban Living sections.

She has interviewed many celebrities for feature stories, ranging from entertainers such as Jane Seymour, Bill Cosby and Martin Short to author and attorney Caroline Kennedy.

Many of Stewart's own favorite stories are on the somewhat quirkier side -- features on "Granddad," the oldest fish at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and the racing pigs at the Lake County Fair (which was picked up by The Associated Press) were a couple of her favorites. Stewart also has written theater and movie reviews for the TimeOut! section.

She is currently working to getting a children's book published -- a lifelong dream.

Stewart graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a major in journalism and a minor in English. There, she worked for the college's newspaper, the Daily Egyptian, for four years, and received the William Lyons Journalism Scholarship. Before joining the Daily Herald, Stewart wrote business policies and procedures for Culligan International Co., then located time in Northbrook.

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Brookfield Zoo welcomes back Festival of Flight

May 25 2016 | 2:14 pm - The stars of Brookfield Zoo's Festival of Flight, returning for its second year Saturday, circle, swoop and glide inches above the audience. Many of the birds fly, but some sing, do tricks and help spread the word about conservation.

Weekend picks: Comedian Quinn Dahle plays Zanies

May 25 2016 | 9:28 am - Quinn Dahle heads to St. Charles for a series at Zanies; “Disney's Beauty and the Beast” enchants at the Cadillac Palace Theatre; and the Osmonds continue their week of concerts at the Paramount Theatre.

Sunday picks: Deon Cole, Donny and Marie

May 19 2016 | 1:39 pm - Catch Deon Cole when he performs standup at Schaumburg’s Improv Comedy Showcase; Donny and Marie Osmond play the Paramount Theatre. More on these and other fun events.

Weekend picks: Gabriel Iglesias, Anime Central

May 20 2016 | 3:22 pm - Gabriel Iglesias performs with his “Fluffy Breaks Even” tour at the Allstate Arena; catch the fun at Anime Central in Rosemont; and “Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack” performs at the Paramount Theatre. More on these and other fun...

Author appearances: Tea & Talk with Leah Hager Cohen in Lake Forest

May 20 2016 | 12:43 pm - Author Leah Hager Cohen discusses her book “I Don’t Know” at a Tea & Talk Wednesday, May 25, at Ragdale House in Lake Forest. Meet award-winning crime writer Steve Hamilton as he signs copies of his new thriller at 7 p.m.

Weekend picks: Carol Burnett takes the stage

May 20 2016 | 12:04 pm - Legendary comedian Carol Burnett closes out her run at the Chicago Theatre; Anime Central gets underway in Rosemont; and Long Grove serves up Chocolate Fest. More on these and other fun events.

Weekend picks: Get off Lewis Black's lawn!

May 18 2016 | 6:16 am - Lewis Black, the king of the rant, brings a case of the grumpies to COD Thursday; Harry Connick Jr. slings jazz at the Chicago Theatre Wednesday; and Carol Burnett has conversations with the audience Thursday and Friday at the Chicago Theatre.

Sunday picks: Get your jazz fix with Joan Curto

May 12 2016 | 12:11 pm - Jazz chanteuse Joan Curto sings the hits of Cole Porter at North Central College. More on this and other interesting weekend events.

Weekend picks: ‘It’s a Man’s World’ with Chester Gregory

May 12 2016 | 12:07 pm - Broadway veteran Chester Gregory performs the hits of Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke in his revue, “It’s a Man’s World,” at ECC. More on this and other interesting weekend events.

Author appearances: Laura Bush, Jenna Bush Hager host Q&A at Naperville’s North Central

May 13 2016 | 1:15 pm - Former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter, NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, introduce their new picture book at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at North Central College in Naperville. The program includes a moderated discussion and Q&A event.

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