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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SHARE walk helps families remember babies

Oct 13 2017 | 9:16 am - Each October, the Edward Hospital SHARE Program organizes the Walk to Remember to fund support services and to help families honor the babies who live only in their hearts.

Lombard girl fighting cancer with lemonade stand

Jun 01 2017 | 8:07 am - Anna Ciamarra of Lombard may be just 7, but she’s actively fighting her own leukemia and all childhood cancers by raising money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Vibrant mom joins Cantigny walk to fight her ALS

May 30 2017 | 1:36 pm - Christine Finnegan is a mother, a vibrant volunteer, “dancing queen” and breast cancer survivor now facing the loss of movement as a result of ALS.

Teacher joins Naperville walk to help neurofibromatosis community

May 19 2017 | 2:19 pm - Diagnosed with neurofibromatosis as a toddler, Bolingbrook teacher Noelle St. Germain strives to make the diagnosis easier for others.

How a Batavia man fights Huntington’s disease

May 16 2017 | 12:10 pm - Adopted without a medical history, Ed Izenstark of Batavia had no idea Huntington’s disease lurked in his genes. Now, he’s supporting research that he hopes will help his children and others.

Human Race supports 71 DuPage nonprofits

May 03 2017 | 10:03 pm - Nearly 1,600 people are expected to run and walk Saturday in the DuPage Human Race to raise money and awareness for 71 nonprofit groups working to make life better in DuPage County.

Youngsters scoop up 15,000 eggs in Naperville hunt

Apr 15 2017 | 5:56 pm - In what seemed like no time at all, about 3,500 kids scooped up 15,000 egg on Saturday in the Naperville Jaycees’ 34th annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Event helps Northern Illinois Food Bank solve hunger

Feb 27 2017 | 7:26 am - “What’s for dinner” is a much tougher question for families who can’t afford groceries, but the Northern Illinois Food Bank works to help answer the question.

Relay For Life of Northern DuPage aims to unite nine communities

Jan 27 2017 | 9:24 pm - Fighting cancer can feel isolating, but a nine-community Relay For Life aims to show cancer fighters, survivors and their supporters the power of their numbers.

Walk to Remember helps parents cope with loss

Oct 11 2016 | 9:58 am - The course of Megan Mabrey’s life changed when her son Teddy was stillborn. Today, the Naperville mother is taking steps to help others who have lost babies.

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