Christie Willhite

Assistant City Editor
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Christie Willhite is an assistant city editor, a position she has held since 2000. She works with reporters, photographers and editors to coordinate stories for the Neighbor section in our print editions for DuPage County and for the local pages of our website.

In 2008, she launched the Lend a Hand column highlighting charity groups and service organizations in DuPage County, and the following year introduced the Join In column to feature the activities of interesting local clubs. She also oversees Why We Walk, a series of essays from participants in charity walks and runs that describe why such events make a difference to those who support the cause.

Willhite covered Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 from 1996 to 2000, writing stories ranging from features on classroom projects to reports on superintendent searches, threatened teacher strikes, attendance boundary changes and the opening of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. In 1997, she led a team of reporters in reporting on an accident in which three high school students were killed by a drunken driver. The coverage was recognized with a Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists' Chicago Headline Club.

Before reporting on the Naperville school systems, Willhite worked as a police reporter and handled a variety of municipal beats throughout DuPage County including Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Lombard, Villa Park and Wood Dale. She joined the Daily Herald in 1991 after an internship with the paper in 1990. Willhite graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and minors in political science and English. She grew up in Lombard and lives in Naperville.

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Itasca volunteers help families through tough financial times

Jan 25 2016 | 9:58 am - Under the umbrella of Itasca Cares, the Itasca Community Outreach Team completes a continuum of care for vulnerable families by providing ongoing support and assistance in the hope of keeping the families on their feet.

DuPage events connect King’s legacy to modern issues

Jan 14 2016 | 4:09 pm - In events honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. next week, speakers who have studied King’s legacy and who strive to lead us down the path he walked will discuss how his example can be a beacon to guide the nation in a time of political...

$100 to help sister travel for cancer treatments

Dec 01 2015 | 12:24 am - The daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Jill Lewaniak of Wheaton, who will use the money to help her sister travel to receive treatment for Stage 4 lung cancer.

How you can help DuPage charities on #GivingTuesday

Dec 01 2015 | 6:21 am - Throughout the year, nonprofit organizations are working to make life better for DuPage residents. #GivingTuesday urges us to donate to their causes.

SHARE Program at Edward Hospital hosts walk to remember lost lives

Sep 28 2015 | 8:23 am - The Walk to Remember honors babies who died before or just after birth and helps parents find support.

Supporting PADS honors son’s memory

Sep 16 2015 | 8:04 am - Anyone who knew Ross MacNeill knew he loved life — his family, his friends, his dog — but he was passionate about two things: hockey and helping the homeless. His family will honor his passion by taking part in Saturday's Run 4 Home to...

Why hundreds will Walk to End Alzheimer's in Naperville

Sep 16 2015 | 7:24 am - Even when Lauren Zomparelli's grandmother was confused enough by Alzheimer's to distrust her loved ones, Zomparelli was able to calm her down. Now Zomparelli will join the Walk to End Alzheimer's in her grandma's memory.

Hundreds walk in Naperville to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis

Jun 05 2015 | 11:05 pm - Hundreds will walk Saturday in Naperville to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form anywhere on the body. Here's how you can help.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Walk benefits Loaves and Fishes

May 26 2015 | 1:49 pm - Parishioners at St. Margaret Mary church know a stroke of misfortune may be all that separates them from needing help like that offered by Loaves and Fishes Community Services. To support the organization, the Naperville parish has organized its...

Naperville walk aims to combat Huntington’s disease

May 14 2015 | 10:31 pm - George Stecyk of Naperville will walk Sunday in the Huntington's Disease Society of America's Team Hope Walk. With each step, he'll honor his father and brother who both died from the disease, and stride toward a cure for genetic brain disorder in...

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