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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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Naperville CARES helps local families weather financial storms

Apr 21 2015 | 12:33 pm - Naperville CARES provides emergency financial assistance to help families when surprise bills pour in. The goal is to keep families from losing their homes if they can’t pay the rent for a month, from going without food or without electricity...

Man’s team in Wheaton 5K walks to support brother with epilepsy

Apr 23 2015 | 7:37 pm - Every year Kevin Muldoon is among the first to register for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago 5K Run/Walk at Cantigny. And every year he brings more people on his team to support the foundation's efforts to help those with epilepsy, which...

Runners support their own local causes in the Human Race

Apr 23 2015 | 10:28 am - This weekend, runners and walkers who are passionate about smaller, grassroots nonprofits will be striding side by side to support their favorite causes. The Human Race 5K run and fitness walk is a fundraising race for the little guys.

Director adds special touches to Spotlight Youth Theater DuPage's 'Shrek'

Feb 20 2015 | 9:53 am - A beautiful princess, locked in a tower, waits for a dashing prince to rescue her. We all know where the fairy tale is heading, right? Of course. An ogre and his talking donkey sidekick free her in a swamp-for-princess bride exchange with a (wink,...

DuPage charities looking for #GivingTuesday donations

Dec 01 2014 | 11:52 am - Just more than two years ago, Giving Tuesday was merely an idea: What if there were a Black Friday for charitable giving? Two years ago today, the idea became a grass-roots social media movement with donors talking about their charities and gifts on...

Wheaton Reindeer Run raising money for Ronald McDonald House

Nov 25 2014 | 1:52 pm - Wheaton's third annual Reindeer Run and Walk -- a 5K race through downtown -- steps off Dec. 6 and raises money to support the Ronald McDonald House opening in January near Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Ron Austin will be one of the runners.

Donations bring paper products to area seniors

Nov 15 2014 | 6:04 pm - It’s not unusual for a FedEx truck to pull into an industrial park loaded with important packages, but it’s not every day those boxes are filled with tissues and toilet paper. Through the shipping company’s FedEx Cares-Deliver...

Walk to Remember honors babies who died too soon

Sep 23 2014 | 11:22 am - For most of us — the lucky majority — the signs of parenthood are obvious. We have the minivans, the schedules full of playdates and soccer practices. And we have our children, who throw their arms around us at bedtime and say,...

Joggin’ for Frogmen to benefit Navy SEALs

Sep 10 2014 | 1:33 pm - If one Navy SEAL were distracted by something in his personal life, a momentary loss of focus or a hesitation could seal the fate of his team members and alter the path of world politics.

Former Marine aims to make suburbs safe for all sexual orientations

Aug 22 2014 | 2:09 pm - College of DuPage student Brad Setter, a Marine who came out at the end of the don't ask, don't tell era, next month will run in the AIDS Run and Walk Chicago, something he does ever year. Participating has "given me the chance to give back to the...

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