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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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Family walks to fight ALS in dad’s memory

Jun 01 2018 | 6:22 am - Allison Clemens of Lincolnshire lost her dad to Lou Gehrig’s disease in just 13 months. Today she tells us why she continues to Walk to Defeat ALS in his memory.

Sugar Grove man reaches for 'normal' while coping with neurofibromatosis

May 23 2018 | 6:21 am - Since he was a toddler, Cole Rutter has been coping with the symptoms of neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves.

Human Race supports 58 charities with single 5K

Apr 24 2018 | 12:58 pm - The DuPage Human Race on Saturday will support not one but 58 nonprofit groups working to make life in DuPage County better — each in its own way.

Last day of Believe Project: $150 to help a nephew battling health problems

Dec 30 2017 | 5:46 pm - Today’s recipient of $150 through the Believe Project wants to help her sister and her nephew battling health problems.

$150 to celebrate a hardworking window cleaner

Dec 29 2017 | 12:41 am - Today’s recipient of $150 through the Believe Project wants to help a hardworking window cleaner.

$150 to help a giving family in need

Dec 27 2017 | 11:30 pm - Today’s recipient of $150 through the Believe Project wants to help a friend who has fallen on hard times.

$150 to help an ailing widow and her son

Dec 29 2017 | 4:34 pm - Today’s recipient of $150 through the Believe Project wants to help an ailing widow and her adult son with disabilities.

$150 to help late friend’s daughters

Dec 27 2017 | 12:05 am - Today’s recipient of $150 through the Believe Project wants to support the teen daughters of a friend who died of cancer.

$150 for a family facing medical debt

Dec 25 2017 | 6:12 pm - Today’s recipient of $150 through the Believe Project wants to help a family facing steep medical expenses.

Helping those in need at Christmas — and throughout the year

Dec 20 2017 | 3:09 pm - Nearly 2,000 children from families in need are celebrating Christmas with gifts and food from the Humanitarian Service Project, an agency that works all year to care for the nutritional and emotional needs of children and seniors.

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