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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Sep 02 2015 | 12:52 am - Since losing his parents, P.J. Whipson has worked hard to put himself through school and earn a chance to study at an elite automotive technician training program. Friends of the 2014 Prairie Ridge High School graduate, who has been accepted into...

Lake in the Hills kicks off summer festival Friday

Sep 01 2015 | 2:05 pm - Lake in the Hills will host its 15th annual Summer Sunset Festival this weekend with some new attractions, such as a petting zoo and 5K Fun Run/Walk. But a former festival highlight, the Melon Propellin' contest, will not take place.

Fox River Grove plans new public works facility

Sep 01 2015 | 10:05 am - After years of planning, Fox River Grove officials aim to build a new public works facility next year. Residents can provide input at a Sept. 9 village zoning board meeting where preliminary plans will be unveiled for the proposed 10,000-square-foot...

Police: Location of man reported armed in Crystal Lake is unknown

Sep 01 2015 | 9:48 pm - Crystal Lake police responded to the call of a disturbance Tuesday afternoon in which a man was reported to have a handgun, but police were never able to locate him, Crystal Lake police said in a news release Tuesday night.

Nursing program turns 50 at ECC

Aug 31 2015 | 10:23 am - From its first graduating class of about seven students to more than 3,390 graduates to date, Elgin Community College's nursing program marks its 50th anniversary this year. “We're preparing a lot of nurses for our local health care community...

State of the Suburbs: Changing standards, tests transform schools

Aug 29 2015 | 5:46 pm - Public education in Illinois has undergone a significant transformation in the past decade with the overhaul of state standards, assessments, and how teachers and students are evaluated.

‘Progress’ in Huntley teachers contract mediation; talks to continue Tuesday

Aug 27 2015 | 3:59 pm - Huntley teachers made “significant progress” Wednesday in a mediation session with the school board over a new teachers contract, a union spokeswoman said Thursday. Negotiations will continue Sept. 1. “There is no final contract...

Fall festival showcases downtown Cary

Aug 27 2015 | 6:19 pm - The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Cary Main Street Fest Sept. 19 and 20 showcasing downtown Cary, its businesses and restaurants. The outdoor fall festival will feature craft beer and wine selections, a marketplace...

Huntley schools debut new facilities, principals on first day

Aug 26 2015 | 6:34 pm - Huntley Community School District 158 welcomed roughly 9,600 students and 650 teachers Wednesday on the first day of classes. Among the highlights this year is the opening of new facilities at Huntley High School, and two new principals at Heineman...

Judson gets first artist-in-residence

Aug 26 2015 | 1:32 pm - Musician and Judson University alumnus Huntley Brown will serve as Judson’s Center for Worship in the Performing Arts’ first artist-in-residence. “I am excited to return to Judson, where I received such valuable training and...

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