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: Aurora mayor urges alderman to resign; Crystal Lake police hunt bank robber

Mar 31 2015 | 5:53 am - Aurora mayor urges alderman to resign. Volo woman faces federal charges in bank robbery case. Crystal Lake police search for bank robber. Elgin man gets 18 years on drugs, weapons charges. Blackhawks beat the Kings in a key game. Imrem says Baez...

Dining events: Celebrate Passover at Saranello’s

Mar 31 2015 | 12:01 pm - Celebrate Passover with specials at Saranello’s and a traditional Seder plate at Mon Ami Gabi; Barbakoa offers a new taco menu.

Aurora police seek man charged with attempted murder

Mar 28 2015 | 4:05 pm - Aurora police need help finding a man wanted for attempted murder after a shooting critically injured another man this weekend. Police say Enrique B. Jaquez, 35, whose last known address is the 300 block of Pearl Street in Montgomery, has been...

Five injured in West Chicago crash

Mar 30 2015 | 5:18 am - Five people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in West Chicago, fire officials said. The crash happened at about 2:20 p.m. on Fabyan Parkway about a mile south of Roosevelt Road at McChensney Road, West Chicago fire officials...

Night life events: New Teddy B’s sports daily specials

Mar 27 2015 | 7:25 am - Teddy B’s Brews Bites Beats recently opened in Roselle featuring an eclectic food menu, lots of beer and regular live music. Plus, Elgin Public House serves up daily specials and Niche's late-night specials pair Goose Island beers with...

Dawn Patrol: Quake near Lake in the Hills; student brings BB gun to school

Mar 26 2015 | 6:14 am - Earthquake reported near Lake in the Hills. Hinsdale South student brings BB gun to school. Carpentersville candidate admits lying. Police say Round Lake Beach man drove drunk with kids in car. Parents want to let kids skip tests. Panera to open in...

Official: Hinsdale South student brought BB gun to school

Mar 25 2015 | 11:26 pm - A Hinsdale South student brought a broken BB gun to school Wednesday, district officials said. An investigation began as soon as a student reported that a fellow student brought a weapon to school, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 officials...

Earthquake reported west of Lake in the Hills

Mar 25 2015 | 10:47 pm - A 2.9 magnitude earthquake has been reported about a mile west of Lake in the Hills, according to the US Geological Survey. Word spread quickly through social media with people reporting that they heard a loud boom in surrounding towns including...

Dawn Patrol: Bulls clinch playoff spot; ex-Islamic Foundation official admits theft

Mar 24 2015 | 6:45 am - Bulls clinch playoff spot. Former Islamic Foundation finance director admits theft. Son sentenced to 35 years for killing father. Tuscan Market has new owners in Arlington Hts. St. Charles woman dies after crash. Displaced Rolling Meadows residents...

Dining events: New salads join Fogo de Chao's menu

Mar 24 2015 | 10:48 am - Fogo de Chao in Rosemont welcomes spring with several light and fresh menu additions. Aliano's Express is now open for business in Batavia. And prasino focuses on raw foods in celebration of Earth Hour 2015 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

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