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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Streamwood choir gives voice to low-income kids

Dec 04 2016 | 8:03 pm - A Streamwood children’s choir targeted for low-income kids is preparing for its first holiday concert with the help of local high school students.

Illinois to get $20 million in preschool grants

Nov 30 2016 | 11:12 am - Illinois school districts will receive $20 million to expand access to high-quality preschool programs for all children next year.

Victim identified in Monday fatal crash near Huntley

Nov 30 2016 | 5:30 pm - Authorities have identified the victim of a Monday evening fatal crash at Route 20 and Harmony Road in an unincorporated area near Huntley.

Aurora forum on new education law Thursday

Nov 29 2016 | 12:22 pm - Kane County area educators, parents and residents will have a chance to provide input on Illinois’ draft plan for a new federal education law.

Elgin man was victim in fatal crash near Huntley

Nov 29 2016 | 4:35 pm - Authorities have not yet released the names of two drivers involved in a Monday evening fatal crash at Route 20 and Harmony Road in an unincorporated area near Huntley.

Huntley High students begin hospital residencies

Nov 29 2016 | 12:25 am - Huntley High School students are getting a one-of-a-kind science education this year, as they closely shadow doctors in a residency program at Centegra Hospital-Huntley.

Elgin girl gets new lease on life after lung transplant

Nov 27 2016 | 8:36 am - Ashley Ramirez, 11, of Elgin — born with cystic fibrosis — is recovering from a double-lung transplant in October. Friends and family host a fundraiser Nov. 30.

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