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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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Bloomingdale foundation supports families fighting neuroblastoma

Jul 16 2014 | 10:37 am - Patricia Tallungan felt lost when her son, Nick, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She needed to know more about the rare cancer, more about what it would mean to her son, more about how it would change her family. After Nick died, she set out to...

Wheaton mom shares son’s experience with tumor-causing disorder

Jun 19 2014 | 9:46 am - People with neurofibromatosis learn repeatedly that they have tumors, never knowing whether a tumor will cause discomfort, impair their sight or movement, or even become cancerous. Sheri Scheidt of Wheaton is helping her son, Alex, navigate life...

Field trip around Naperville helps kindergartners find their place in their community

Jun 02 2014 | 1:14 pm - After spending time studying communities, kindergartners from Brookdale Elementary School headed to downtown Naperville to explore just what - and who - makes their town special. “At this age, kids are naturally very curious how it all fits...

Operation Support Our Troops provides a taste of home

May 22 2014 | 1:43 pm - With two sons in the military, Deborah Rickert knows all about worry. She started Operation Support Our Troops with a few moms gathered around her kitchen table putting together care packages for their sons in the armed forces. Soon other families...

Naperville walk raises awareness of Angelman syndrome

May 14 2014 | 1:17 pm - Some diseases and disorders are so well known that their names and their symptoms are household words. Angelman syndrome is not among them. The neuro-genetic disorder affects about one in every 15,000 American children. Because it shares...

DuPage foundation working to help more World War II vets get on Honor Flights

Apr 28 2014 | 9:52 am - The DuPage Veterans Foundation lunch on Saturday, May 3, will help send veterans on what could be the most powerful flights of their lives. The event benefits Honor Flight Chicago, which flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see WWII...

Runners help the cause of their choice in Human Race

Apr 07 2014 | 11:53 am - Many groups working directly in DuPage County don’t have the resources to organize their own 5K fundraisers. Fortunately, Giving DuPage does. A nonprofit itself, Giving DuPage aims to match donors and volunteers to nonprofit groups serving...

Single snowflake lands Carol Stream woman top prize

Apr 03 2014 | 1:11 pm - Angela Cichosz had ordered a new ring flash early in the winter, hoping it would help her photograph individual snowflakes. While she waited for it to arrive, she worried there wouldn't be enough snow to give her a chance to use it. But she had...

Taste of Hope to benefit DuPage PADS

Mar 05 2014 | 8:25 am - On Thursday, March 6, more than 25 area chefs will come together to support DuPage PADS’ mission with A Taste of Hope. The evening offers a sampling of favorite dishes paired with wines as well as music and a live auction -- all with an eye...

Glendale Heights collecting valentines for veterans

Jan 27 2014 | 2:19 pm - Do you remember how fun Valentine's Day was in elementary school? You'd feel close to your classmates because - required or not - you'd each taken a moment to think a nice thought about each other. Now imagine you're a hospitalized veteran. You'd be...

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