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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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Elgin man honored veterans for 30 years

May 28 2017 | 10:40 pm - The Elgin resident who started Bluff City Cemetery’s Avenue of Flags tradition on Memorial Day didn’t serve in the military. But Marvin Schmidt, who died this year at 98, made it his mission to ensure those who did serve were honored.

Blackhawks, Rizzo items expected to provide boost to Huntley relay

May 28 2017 | 5:05 pm - Organizers of the upcoming Relay For Life of Huntley/Marengo are expecting more participants and donations this year, thanks in part to raffle prizes that include a hockey stick autographed by the 2016 Chicago Blackhawks and a baseball bat bearing...

Rolling Meadows honors veterans with Memorial Day parade

May 27 2017 | 5:33 pm - Dozens of people lined up along Kirchoff Road in downtown Rolling Meadows Saturday for the annual Memorial Day parade.

Police: Three men charged with attempted hijacking, robbery in Elgin

May 27 2017 | 11:10 pm - Three men face multiple felony charges after they attempted a vehicular hijacking and armed robbery and led Elgin police officers on a chase that ended in their apprehension in Streamwood earlier this week, officials said.

U-46 awards diplomas to more than 2,700 graduates

May 27 2017 | 9:59 pm - More than 2,700 students graduated Saturday from Elgin Area School District U-46’s five high schools.

Hundreds gather for Elgin Valley Fox Trot

May 27 2017 | 11:40 am - Waves of people took to the streets of downtown Elgin Saturday morning for the 40th annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot.

U-46 recognizes special education graduates

May 25 2017 | 5:09 pm - More than 25 students graduated this week from Elgin Area School District U-46’s special education transition programs.

Judson to offer students service fellowship in Scotland

May 25 2017 | 12:56 pm - Starting in 2018, Judson University students will have the opportunity of spending a semester in Scotland on a service fellowship.

U-46 board debates terms of Elgin charter school contract

May 22 2017 | 11:46 pm - Elgin schools’ officials Monday night debated terms of a contract for a proposed Elgin charter school, which remains controversial.

Elgin Rotarians erect Peace Pole in Veterans Park

May 23 2017 | 5:21 pm - The Rotary Clubs of Elgin hosted a recognition ceremony for veterans Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Park along the Fox River where volunteers dedicated a Peace Pole.

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