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Christie Willhite

Assistant City Editor

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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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...

Christmas tree sales support YMCA scholarships for families in need

Dec 09 2013 | 12:58 pm - B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County aims to provide "programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all" through its fitness programs, swim lessons and teams, child care, arts and humanities classes and community events, says Dee...

You can help neighbors in need with #GivingTuesday donations

Dec 02 2013 | 9:17 am - Thanksgiving is behind us and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the books. Now charitable organizations are hoping people take a moment to think about how they can help others during the holiday season. For the second year, organizations are...

Families honor loss, love at Naperville's Walk to Remember

Oct 08 2013 | 8:19 am - A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. Yet for all that value, there's one obvious failing: A photograph can't show what's missing. A family portrait can't show the baby who should be in his mother's arms, the growing girl who should be...

Ron Santo Walks on a mission to cure diabetes

Sep 23 2013 | 2:33 pm - On Oct. 6 thousands will join Ron Santo Walks in Libertyville, Schaumburg and Warrenville, as well as one in Chicago, to support children and adults with Type 1 diabetes by raising money to fund research into treatments and a cure through JDRF.

DuPage PADS' run funds shelters, transitional programs

Aug 30 2013 | 9:47 am - For most of us, it's nearly impossible to imagine ourselves without our basic needs covered, to think of sleeping in a shelter or asking for and accepting help from others. Mike DeMeritt can picture it, though. A volunteer with DuPage PADS, DeMeritt...

Naperville 5K helps fund efforts to identify heart disorders

Aug 22 2013 | 2:30 pm - Elizabeth Bender believes she can’t tell her sister’s story often enough. Every time she tells it, she just may be saving someone’s life. Her sister, Kathryn, was 17, a high school actress and dancer, trained and fit and waiting to...

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