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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Dining events: Geneva’s Country House serves up comfort food specials

Aug 25 2016 | 2:57 pm - Country House Geneva gets down home with its steak sandwich and fried chicken specials this weekend. Tap In in Naperville offsets a case of the Mondays with half-off pizzas.

Night life events: 2 of Two Brothers' fall brews are back

Aug 26 2016 | 3:52 pm - Two of Two Brothers’ Brewing Company’s fall brews recently returned to taps and stores throughout the area: Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest-style lager and Night Cat Hoppy Wheat Ale.

Dawn Patrol: Heyward returns to help Cubs beat San Diego

Aug 23 2016 | 5:53 am - Heyward return to help Cubs beat San Diego. Trial begins for Round Lake woman charged with animal cruelty. Chemical leak sickens 14 in Sugar Grove. Crystal Lake collision seriously injures SUV driver. Lombard woman pleads not guilty to running over...

Chemical leak sickens 14 in Sugar Grove

Aug 22 2016 | 4:42 pm - Fourteen people were taken to hospitals Monday morning after a chemical gas leak in a Sugar Grove business caused respiratory problems, fire officials said.

Crystal Lake collision seriously injures SUV driver

Aug 22 2016 | 6:58 pm - An SUV driver was flown from the scene of a serious crash Monday afternoon in Crystal Lake, police say.

Night life events: Sip on Ted’s summer drinks for a little longer

Aug 18 2016 | 9:35 pm - Ted’s Montana Grill isn’t letting go of summer yet. Three new cocktails will still be available: the Hendricks Mule, the Uptown Manhattan and the signature margarita.

Dining events: Morton’s does lobster night right Friday

Aug 18 2016 | 9:45 pm - It’s lobster night at Morton’s The Steakhouse from 5 p.m. to close Friday, Aug. 19. Two-pound steamed lobsters cost just $35.

Dawn Patrol: Des Plaines man will be charged after standoff

Aug 19 2016 | 5:58 am - Des Plaines man will be charged after standoff. Clerk pepper-sprayed during Waukegan robbery. Waukegan men accused of robbing landscaping crew in Lake Forest. Streamwood man sentenced to 19 years for scalding 5-year-old.

Waukegan men accused of robbing landscaping crew in Lake Forest

Aug 18 2016 | 10:38 pm - A cellphone might have been mistaken for a gun when two men robbed a landscaping crew of a leaf blower Thursday in Lake Forest, police said.

Clerk pepper-sprayed during Waukegan robbery

Aug 18 2016 | 8:21 pm - A clerk was pepper-sprayed during an armed robbery Wednesday night in Waukegan, police said

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