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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Relay For Life of Northern DuPage aims to unite nine communities

Jan 27 2017 | 8:24 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 | 8:58 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.

Walk supports school for children with autism

Sep 23 2016 | 9:56 am - By joining the 5K Walk for Autism, Candace Meneou wants to help ensure children with autism will have the support her son, Jamie, receives at Giant Steps.

Images: Icons of Medinah

May 19 2016 | 10:16 am - Medinah may owe its name to the Medinah Country Club, but the club’s distinctive architecture is just one iconic sight of the community nestled among Bloomingdale, Roselle and Itasca.

Team Hope Walk supports Huntington’s research

May 13 2016 | 2:34 pm - Motivated by the devastation Huntington’s disease has caused in her family, Charlotte Rybarczyk of Rolling Meadows will join the annual Team Hope Walk to fight the disease.

Human Race benefits 72 DuPage charities

Apr 30 2016 | 6:22 pm - Participants in the DuPage Human Race on Saturday shared one goal: help any one of 72 local charities.

Human Race brings runners together to support local causes

Apr 25 2016 | 9:33 am - Through the DuPage Human Race, as many as 1,800 runners and walkers will hit the pavement to support their choice of 72 charities.

Wonderdog Walk benefits Normal Moments

Apr 21 2016 | 12:08 pm - The Wonderdog Walk in Elk Grove will help Naperville-based Normal Moments give families more time with critically ill children.

Itasca volunteers help families through tough financial times

Jan 25 2016 | 8:58 am - Under the umbrella of Itasca Cares, the Itasca Community Outreach Team completes a continuum of care for vulnerable families by providing ongoing support and assistance in the hope of keeping the families on their feet.

DuPage events connect King’s legacy to modern issues

Jan 14 2016 | 3:09 pm - In events honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. next week, speakers who have studied King’s legacy and who strive to lead us down the path he walked will discuss how his example can be a beacon to guide the nation in a time of political...

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