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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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Cary Grove chamber hosts first fall fest

Jul 23 2014 | 4:42 pm - The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Cary Main Street Fest Sept. 27 and 28. The outdoor fall festival will feature local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a...

Elgin charter school group to appeal U-46 rejection

Jul 23 2014 | 11:40 am - The group proposing an Elgin charter school says it will appeal Elgin Area School District U-46's decision to deny its charter application with the state. “We're going to be working with the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and an...

U-46 names new principals, administrators

Jul 23 2014 | 5:26 pm - The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board this week appointed eight new principals, two associate principals and several program administrators for the upcoming school year.

U-46 board rejects Elgin charter school proposal

Jul 22 2014 | 5:56 am - Despite pleas from dozens of parents, the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night denied a proposal to create a new math and science elementary charter school in Elgin. “We are fed up with social experiments conducted with...

Districts U-46, 300 collect school supplies for needy students

Jul 18 2014 | 4:38 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 will be collecting donations of backpacks and basic school supplies Saturday at the Wal-Mart in Elgin and Algonquin for students in need.

Charter group appeals to U-46 to approve Elgin school

Jul 18 2014 | 4:38 pm - The Elgin Charter School Initiative will make a final push Monday to convince the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board to accept its charter proposal. Representatives of the charter design team and the group’s supporters will be at...

How Elgin cabbie helped capture mental health center escapee

Jul 17 2014 | 7:44 pm - Elgin cabdriver Aaron Dunbar made a split-second decision to pick up the man hailing his cab -- a man now accused of fleeing Elgin Mental Health officials and prompting an 8-hour manhunt. “People were scared in the area,” he said.

Escapee from Elgin Mental Health Center captured

Jul 17 2014 | 7:01 pm - Elgin police late Wednesday afternoon captured Jesse Vega, a prisoner who escaped from the custody of Elgin Mental Health Center security personnel. Shortly before 4 p.m., a woman on the 400 block of Prospect noticed a man leaving her backyard and...

Middle school teacher honored for promoting healthy lifestyles

Jul 15 2014 | 2:47 pm - Abbott Middle School mathematics teacher Kim Elders was named the 2013-2014 Illinois inductee into the Fuel Up to Play 60 Hall of Fame.

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