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Madhu Krishnamurthy

Staff Writer

Madhu Krishnamurthy is a staff writer who currently covers governments and schools within Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Rosemont and environs, human interest and political stories, as well as 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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Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?

Apr 15 2014 | 10:51 pm - Elgin leaders are expecting “unprecedented growth” in business with the anticipated Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago starting next year. Meanwhile, Huntley officials say the new rail line might help them obtain a...

Huntley teen who crashed SUV into townhouse is not licensed

Apr 15 2014 | 9:38 pm - A 17-year-old Huntley resident who drove an SUV into two townhouses Monday afternoon was not licensed to drive, police said. The unidentified teen was charged late Tuesday with not having a valid driver’s license and failing to reduce his...

Cadence names new president of Delnor Hospital

Apr 15 2014 | 12:35 pm - Winfield-based Cadence Health has named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and executive vice president of Cadence Health.

District 300 close to naming next superintendent

Apr 14 2014 | 6:58 pm - A decision on who will lead Community Unit District 300 could be taken in two weeks, a district official said Monday. The school board has narrowed its list of candidates for the superintendent’s job to two finalists. The board will...

Elgin Community College examines outsourcing custodial services

Apr 15 2014 | 10:37 am - The Elgin Community College administration is looking into outsourcing custodial services, which could mean the college potentially laying off roughly 98 full-time and part-time custodial employees. Dozens of custodial employees packed a recent ECC...

Lake in the Hills seeks funds for veterans memorial

Apr 12 2014 | 12:12 am - Lake in the Hills officials are trying to raise money for a memorial to honor veterans. The village has allocated $40,000 as seed money for the project and collected roughly $2,000 through fundraising efforts since last fall, said village board...

Huntley could become distribution hub for Weber grills

Apr 11 2014 | 5:07 am - Huntley could soon become the global headquarters for the distribution of Weber grills. Weber's proposed 757,120-square-foot distribution center would be located on roughly 90 of those acres — fronting the I-90 Tollway and Freeman Road, just...

Huntley ready to launch downtown redevelopment

Apr 09 2014 | 12:23 pm - Huntley is poised to tear down a 19th century mill in downtown once the village board gives final approval for the site’s redevelopment Thursday. A one-story, 5,400-square-foot, multi-tenant commercial building will take its place.

New Huntley library director starts April 21

Apr 08 2014 | 5:04 pm - The Huntley Area Public Library District has hired a new director, Frank Novak, who takes the helm April 21. Novak, who has a vast background in library science, law and accounting, will be Huntley library's fourth director in 25 years.

U-46 school board revisits using lobbyists

Apr 08 2014 | 7:44 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are debating whether the district needs a lobbyist to represent its interests in Springfield. “We found that eight out of 869 school districts have retained lobbyists in Springfield,”...

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