Madhu Krishnamurthy

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Madhu Krishnamurthy is a staff writer who currently covers governments and schools, including Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Elgin Area School District U-46 and Huntley Unit District 158.

Previously, she was a reporter for the area of Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Rosemont and environs, as well as human interest, political stories, and diversity topics.

Madhu joined the Daily Herald in 2000 in the Lake County bureau. After eight years there, she joined the Cook County staff in January 2009. Madhu is one of a few mobile-journalists at the Daily Herald producing multimedia projects including her own photos and videos. She chairs the Editorial Diversity Committee and is a member of the Paddock's companywide Diversity Committee whose goals are to broaden employees' understanding of the various cultures represented within and reflect the diversity of the communities it serves through its news products. Madhu has done extensive work covering issues facing the Muslim, Arab, Latino and Hindu communities in the suburbs.

She has been a frequent guest on ABC 7 Chicago News, and has given several radio interviews about her exclusive news reports. Madhu was a finalist for the 2010 Peter Lisagor Award for Best Investigative Reporting, and was part of a team of reporters who won the 2010 Lisagor Award for Best Deadline Reporting.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, she worked at The Edmond Sun, a small daily newspaper covering Edmond, Okla. There she worked as a writer, copy editor and paginator, designing and laying out the front and inside sections of the paper every day. She interned at the Daily Oklahoman and The Edmond Sun after graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998 with a bachelor of arts in newspaper journalism. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association-Chicago and the South Asian Journalists Association.

She speaks four languages: English, Hindi, Urdu and Tamil, and is currently learning Spanish. Madhu grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where her interest in journalism was first sparked by watching 24/7 CNN coverage of the Persian Gulf War.

A first generation immigrant to the U.S., Madhu lives on Chicago's Northwest side. To view Madhu's professional Facebook page, visit DhMadhuKrishnamurthy or follow her on Twitter at dh_madhuk.

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District 300 to launch new program to help at-risk students

Jul 23 2017 | 10:59 pm - Starting this fall, students struggling with emotional traumas and behavioral issues will get additional support in smaller classroom settings at a Carpentersville elementary school to improve their academic performance and overall health.

McHenry County moves to halt Lake in the Hills Sanitary District land purchase

Jul 21 2017 | 3:55 pm - A legal battle is brewing among board members of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District about a potential land purchase and possible consolidation of the district with the local municipality.

Carpentersville firefighter dies at 46; honor guard escorts body home

Jul 21 2017 | 11:21 am - Funeral services are pending for a longtime Carpentersville firefighter/paramedic who died unexpectedly of unknown reasons Monday while on vacation.

Youth baseball, softball will need new home for games after Cary school sale

Jul 20 2017 | 4:22 pm - Cary’s youth baseball and softball teams that now play at Maplewood School will have to find a new home since Cary Elementary District 26 is selling off the property.

Bartlett High athletic complex project gets $500,000 boost

Jul 19 2017 | 11:10 pm - A $500,000 donation from a Bartlett business owner will help jump-start construction of the long-stalled Bartlett High School Activities Complex project.

Cary District 26 OKs $2.5M sale of vacant school

Jul 19 2017 | 11:47 am - Cary School District 26 this week approved the sale of Maplewood School for $2.5 million.

Some Fox River Valley towns anticipating less flood damage than 2013

Jul 18 2017 | 5:52 am - Towns along the Fox River in Kane County breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday as the river stood poised to crest at 12.4 feet — lower than previous estimates.

Suburban fitness centers to host Special Olympics fundraiser Saturday

Jul 07 2017 | 1:15 pm - Several suburban fitness centers host a fundraiser Saturday benefiting Special Olympics athletes.

Authorities: Man forced his way into home, attacked person with nail gun

Jul 05 2017 | 2:41 pm - A Cary man was charged with attempted murder and home invasion Sunday in unincorporated McHenry County.

District 300 seeks school supplies for students in need

Jul 05 2017 | 4:35 pm - Supplies are sought for Community Unit District 300’s annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive benefiting students in need.

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