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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Elgin group revives charter school proposal

Sep 25 2016 | 11:51 pm - Proponents of an Elgin charter school for at-risk students are hoping to kick-start the project with the help of federal funding. A previous proposal for the charter school was denied by the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board and state in...

Community colleges say they’re forced to rely more on federal grants

Sep 26 2016 | 4:27 pm - Elgin Community College President David Sam says with state funding for higher education in a flux, community colleges are relying more on federal grants than ever before.

Parents chastise, support U-46 board on transgender locker room issue

Sep 27 2016 | 10:52 am - The state’s second-largest school district’s move to allow locker room access to a transgender student took center stage again Monday night as dozens of people voiced concerns about the decision.

Elgin High honors 39 notable alumni

Sep 23 2016 | 3:57 pm - A Nobel Prize-winning chemist, other distinguished scientists, actors and journalists are among 39 Elgin High School graduates inducted Thursday into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Cary medical manufacturer proposes expansion, adding 350 jobs

Sep 23 2016 | 1:53 pm - Cary’s largest employer has plans to expand in town that would bring 350 new jobs to the region by 2021, officials said.

U-46 CEO stands by decision to accommodate transgender student

Sep 22 2016 | 5:52 pm - Elgin area schools’ top administrator said he stands firmly by his administration’s decision to allow locker room access to a transgender student.

Illinois gets $1.7 million in federal grants for AP tests

Sep 22 2016 | 9:32 am - Illinois high school students from low-income families will be able to take Advanced Placement tests for college credit on the state’s tab.

Judson offers free tuition for students in need

Sep 21 2016 | 2:43 pm - Judson University in Elgin has launched a new initiative to make college more affordable for students with abundant financial need.

U-46 Citizens’ Advisory Council seeking parent, community volunteers

Sep 20 2016 | 1:29 pm - Parents and community members interested in shaping district-wide initiatives are invited to join Elgin Area School District U-46’s Citizens’ Advisory Council.

Auction of former Gliniewicz tribute car nets nearly $19,000 for late Huntley cop’s family

Sep 21 2016 | 5:57 am - The family of late Huntley Police Sgt. L.J. Marak will get nearly $19,000 from a charity auction of a car that previously benefited the family of disgraced Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz.

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