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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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Dist. 300 board gives conditional approval to charter school contract

Aug 23 2016 | 10:49 pm - Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove will be allowed to remain open until Aug. 31, 2020.

New law would allow U-46’s CEO to become superintendent

Aug 24 2016 | 4:24 pm - A new state law could allow Elgin Area School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders to also serve as the superintendent of the state’s second-largest school district.

New bus routes, programs, additions at Burlington area schools

Aug 24 2016 | 2:24 pm - New bus routes, new programs and future additions are among the highlights at Burlington area schools this year. Nearly 4,000 students and roughly 300 teachers welcomed the school year Wednesday.

Full-day kindergarten programs keep growing in suburbs

Aug 24 2016 | 2:15 pm - It’s still not state-mandated, but full-day kindergarten is becoming the norm in the suburbs.

Big R retailer won’t be coming to Lake in the Hills

Aug 23 2016 | 8:56 am - Midwestern retailer Big R won’t be taking over the defunct Dominick’s property in Lake in the Hills after all.

U-46 making kindergarten more fun, less stressful

Aug 22 2016 | 4:44 pm - Blocks, jigsaw puzzles, a kitchenette, a cash register and toys fill kindergarten classrooms in Elgin School District U-46 — part of a new play-based learning model incorporated into a new full-day kindergarten program.

Judson welcomes students to campus for fall semester

Aug 18 2016 | 3:51 pm - Judson University in Elgin welcomed its newest students to campus Thursday as they unloaded their belongings into new dorm rooms. Students will be moving in through the weekend ahead of the fall semester beginning Monday.

District 300 officials optimistic charter school’s problems will be fixed

Aug 18 2016 | 12:46 pm - Community Unit District 300 school board members were cautiously optimistic Wednesday night that problems at Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove might be resolved sufficiently for its contract renewal to move forward by month end.

Students return to new additions, programs, equipment at four suburban districts

Aug 17 2016 | 2:30 pm - Thousands of students returned for the first day of classes Wednesday at four Kane County school districts debuting new additions, programs and computing devices.

Batavia High School to host corn boil

Aug 15 2016 | 7:37 am - Batavia High School will kick off its fall athletics and marching band season with its annual Corn Boil Aug. 19 at the school.

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