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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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Lake in the Hills third safest, website claims

Jan 22 2015 | 1:15 pm - Lake in the Hills ranked third on NeighborhoodScout.com’s list of the 100 Safest Cities in America with 25,000 or more people based on the number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. “I’m not all that surprised we...

U-46 spokesman takes administrative post in District 214

Jan 21 2015 | 6:13 pm - Patrick Mogge, the spokesman for Elgin Area Unit District 46 since 2012, is moving on to a new administrative position at Northwest Suburban High School District 214. Mogge will start Feb. 2 as District 214’s Director of Community Engagement...

Lake in the Hills calls off triathlon

Jan 22 2015 | 5:18 pm - Lake in the Hills has canceled this year’s triathlon because an outside event organizer backed out. A company specializing in triathlons had approached the village about purchasing and running the event, but backed out last week. “I...

Fox River Grove ski tournament marks 110 years this weekend

Jan 23 2015 | 5:16 am - While most suburbanites would welcome this week's warmer temperatures, Fox River Grove residents are praying for snow. The Norge Ski Tournament marks its 110th year this weekend in Fox River Grove. Organizers said with temperatures rising keeping...

U-46 seeks faith community mentors for ‘at-risk’ students

Jan 21 2015 | 10:39 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders made a plea to local church leaders Wednesday asking them to get more involved in the lives of “at-risk” youth. “Kids need to be partnered with mentors who challenge their...

Judson University launches ‘Shark Tank’ event

Jan 21 2015 | 1:43 pm - Judson University is launching its first entrepreneurial competition this spring dubbed “Judson Shark Tank.” Inspired by the ABC Network’s reality business pitch series “Shark Tank,” Judson’s event aims to...

Sleepy Hollow to ask voters for 82% tax hike

Jan 20 2015 | 6:03 pm - Sleepy Hollow again will be seeking a roughly 82 percent property tax increase on April 7 after a similar request failed last November by a 3 to 1 margin. The village is seeking to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from its more than 3,300...

Cary apartment building fire cause unknown

Jan 20 2015 | 1:28 pm - The cause of a weekend fire at a Cary apartment building remains unknown, fire officials said Tuesday. It took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control in the early hours of Saturday. The fire spread to the first and second floors...

Hampshire library will get director soon

Jan 20 2015 | 12:36 pm - The Ella Johnson Memorial Library District in Hampshire should have a new library director by mid-February, library board President Barbara Brust said Monday. Former library director Carol Schrey resigned earlier this month after six years in that...

Living King's legacy: Turn a day off into a 'day on'

Jan 19 2015 | 10:57 am - For many young people across the suburbs, the Martin Luther King Day holiday won't be just a break from classes.They'll be spreading out across their hometowns performing service projects in King's honor. “It's not a day off, but it's a day on...

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