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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Apr 24 2015 | 2:40 pm - Lake in the Hills unanimously approved a "proactive" ordinance that lets police conduct criminal background checks on massage therapists, Police Chief David Brey said.

Two Kane County fire districts receive $400,000 in federal grants

Apr 23 2015 | 7:27 pm - The Huntley and Fox River and Countryside fire protection districts have been awarded more than $400,000 in federal funding to improve response capabilities. They are among six Illinois communities and the only fire districts in the Northwest...

Algonquin library board finds new director from within

Apr 24 2015 | 10:38 am - The Algonquin Area Public Library District board Wednesday night appointed Stephen Bero as executive director.

ECC sustainability fair draws hundreds

Apr 22 2015 | 8:20 pm - Elgin Community College hosts its first fair aimed at teaching local entrepreneurs, students and educators how to embed sustainability into their everyday lives, a program that coincides with Earth Day. Roughly 1,000 people are expected to attend...

U-46 board extends CEO, interim superintendent contracts

Apr 22 2015 | 7:29 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders will continue to lead the state’s second-largest district, with help from interim superintendent Kenneth Arndt. The school board this week approved contract extensions for both men —...

West Dundee downtown plan moves forward

Apr 22 2015 | 8:33 pm - West Dundee’s downtown makeover is a go, at least on paper. The village board this week adopted a downtown redevelopment plan that includes recommendations for creating more public spaces, making downtown more pedestrian-friendly and...

West Dundee board to vote tonight on downtown facelift

Apr 19 2015 | 11:15 pm - Downtown West Dundee is set for a makeover, with a proposed redevelopment plan calling for more public spaces, improved accessibility, spruced-up storefronts, and new retail/residential developments. The village board tonight is expected to adopt...

Elgin Christian school gives up 450 to day of ‘Give Back’ service

Apr 16 2015 | 7:59 pm - From spring cleaning to packing food, nearly 500 students, faculty, staff members and parent volunteers from Westminster Christian School in Elgin participated in a day of service Thursday at various sites throughout the city and the Fox Valley...

No weapon, no threat, but Cary man robs bank, FBI says

Apr 16 2015 | 5:23 pm - A Cary man walked into a Woodstock bank Wednesday, handed the teller a note asking for money, and walked out with the cash in hand, authorities said. He didn’t have a gun or any other weapon, nor did he threaten use of force. Michael...

Historic schoolhouse moves to new home in Hampshire

Apr 16 2015 | 12:48 am - A small crowd gathered to send off a more than 150-year-old schoolhouse in Rutland Township on a 13-mile journey to its new home in Hampshire. “We are seeing the culmination of six months worth of work between Resource Bank and the village...

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