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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How Judson University is helping students rise above disabilities

Nov 18 2017 | 6:57 pm - Going to college is perhaps one of the biggest challenges for students with intellectual disabilities. Judson University’s new RISE program is opening doors to higher education and work opportunities.

Earphone storage device idea wins Judson business pitch contest

Nov 17 2017 | 1:57 pm - A plastic storage device that prevents earphones from getting tangled is the business concept that won over judges at Judson University’s “Shark Tank” competition.

Elgin’s black history fest to focus on social justice, literacy

Nov 16 2017 | 2:07 pm - Making literacy fun is the goal of Elgin’s 13th annual Black History Family Festival Feb. 3.

How an Elgin anthropologist ended up with world's largest collection of tiny fossils

Nov 16 2017 | 9:25 am - Dan Gebo, an Elgin anthropologist, has spent nearly 20 years studying and identifying nearly 500 minuscule finger and toe bones as belonging to 45-million-year-old tiny primates from the mid-Eocene period.

Police: Student again the target of ‘disparaging racial and threatening comments’

Nov 15 2017 | 7:13 pm - Huntley police are investigating a complaint of “disparaging racial and threatening comments” made against a student at Marlowe Middle School in Lake in the Hills, who previously had been threatened by a schoolmate.

Lake in the Hills residents will see 2 new taxes

Nov 14 2017 | 7:19 pm - Lake in the Hills residents will begin paying two additional village taxes for utilities instituted to fund capital projects, officials said.

U-46 hosts second dual language parent academy

Nov 11 2017 | 5:51 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 has its second annual Dual Language Academy for parents of preschoolers through eighth-graders Nov. 18 at Elgin High.

Gurnee American Legion honors veterans, launches programs

Nov 11 2017 | 5:34 pm - Dozens of Gurnee residents joined in a salute to suburban veterans honored Saturday during a ceremony at the Gurnee American Legion Post 771.

Making case for challenging governor, Ives touts conservative values

Nov 11 2017 | 5:37 pm - Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate and State Rep. Jeanne Ives won over some hearts Saturday during a brief appearance to drum up support for her primary campaign in Arlington Heights.

Elgin High culinary students prepare fall feast

Nov 09 2017 | 3:46 pm - Students in Elgin High School’s Clumsy Chef Culinary program prepared and served a Fall Day Feast Thursday.

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