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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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U-46 revising 2016-17 budget for final review

Jul 21 2016 | 11:02 am - Elgin Area School District U-46 officials said this week they are making changes and will present a revised budget for the 2016-17 school year before the school board Aug. 15.

Two U-46 board members squabble over comments made in closed meeting

Jul 20 2016 | 12:05 pm - Two Elgin-area school board members publicly squabbled Monday night about the discussion during a closed meeting from more than two years ago. The recording was released by the board last month.

U-46 board votes to stay part of state association

Jul 19 2016 | 8:01 pm - Amid some concerns, Elgin schools officials agreed Monday to continue the district’s membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards saying the benefits outweigh the expense.

Suburban students receive National Merit Scholarships

Jul 18 2016 | 4:33 pm - Sixteen students from DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties are among more than 800 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

ECC seeks host families for exchange students

Jul 15 2016 | 10:56 pm - Elgin Community College is in need of host families for exchange students in its growing homestay program. Officials said there is a waiting list of international students registered for this fall seeking placement into homes.

Lake in the Hills playground reopens with new equipment

Jul 13 2016 | 12:51 pm - Lake in the Hills’ Stoneybrook Park playground has reopened after renovations with new equipment for children of all ages. A dedication ceremony is planned Thursday.

Huntley board to review gymnastics academy expansion, new paint store

Jul 13 2016 | 12:51 pm - Huntley village officials Thursday night will review plans for the expansion of a gymnastics academy and a new paint store in town.

MCC seeks presenters, exhibitors for fall Child’s World Conference

Jul 11 2016 | 3:53 pm - McHenry County College is seeking workshop presenters and exhibitors for the 2016 Practical Ideas for the Child’s World conference on Nov. 12.

Work begins on Huntley memory care apartments

Jul 13 2016 | 11:08 am - Workers broke ground Tuesday on a $5 million expansion project at Heritage Woods of Huntley. The project includes 30 memory care apartments and nine assisted living apartments, which will be completed next spring.

District 300 officials still working on issues with charter school

Jul 11 2016 | 5:17 pm - Whether Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove will remain open after the 2016-17 school year is still up in the air as Community Unit District 300 officials work with the school’s management to resolve issues.

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