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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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Mixed feelings on U-46’s new grading system

Oct 21 2014 | 6:41 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 officials say a new standards-based grading system being used at the secondary level has been successful, despite complaints from some parents and students that the system is not being applied uniformly. Officials...

McHenry sheriff: Shooter ready to ‘finish off’ wounded deputies

Oct 21 2014 | 6:49 pm - McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said a shooter opened fire on two deputies without warning. Both were hit and “conscious, but probably incapacitated,” he said. Another deputy returned fire and forced the shooter back into his...

ECC speaker to explain science behind superheroes

Oct 16 2014 | 4:35 pm - Wouldn’t it be cool if Spider-Man’s web swinging abilities were actually possible? And what if someone could fly faster than a speeding bullet, like Superman? Physicist James Kakalios will break down just how the principles of physics...

Shooting suspect caught after passers-by spotted him

Oct 17 2014 | 6:24 pm - Scott B. Peters had been on the loose for almost 16 hours but didn’t get more than six miles away from where authorities say he shot two McHenry County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance. Peters, 52, of Holiday...

District 300 festival celebrates cultural diversity

Oct 15 2014 | 6:31 pm - Hampshire-based Community Unit School District 300 will host its second Multicultural Festival Sunday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The festival, held in partnership with Dundee Township Park District, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1072...

Police: Haunted house clown was touching visitors

Oct 16 2014 | 12:24 pm - A 23-year-old Algonquin man dressed as a clown faces battery and disorderly conduct charges. Police say Robert Keller made inappropriate comments and touched visitors "with an object" Saturday night at a haunted house in Montgomery. Keller was an...

State seeks input on revamping social studies standards

Oct 13 2014 | 7:33 pm - State education officials are seeking input from students, educators, parents and taxpayers on new civic course requirements and social studies learning standards in Illinois. The Illinois Task Force on Civic Education is hosting a series of public...

Geneva race to help support disabled children, adults

Oct 13 2014 | 5:50 pm - Suburban runners, including those with disabilities, are invited to participate in a fundraiser benefiting children and adults with developmental disabilities on Oct. 26 in Geneva. “We invite adults, kids, families and those in assistive...

Judson to host World Leaders Forum run

Oct 13 2014 | 7:10 pm - Judson University will host its first “World Leaders Forum Color Run” Saturday, Nov. 8. The event will include a one mile walk/run and a two-mile run held at Judson’s Elgin campus off Route 31. It is open to the public. Proceeds...

ECC gets new mammography equipment

Oct 10 2014 | 6:11 pm - Elgin Community College has acquired state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment to provide students hands-on training experience, officials said. The college started offering two new medical imaging programs this fall — mammography and...

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