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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Huntley High history teachers heading to Philippines this summer

May 29 2015 | 12:42 am - Two Huntley High School teachers are headed to the Philippines this summer to learn more about the Southeast Asian country so they can enhance their classroom curriculum at home. Anne Sharkey, who teaches world history, and Clay Henricksen, who...

Huntley parks' fitness center gets new disabled-friendly equipment

May 26 2015 | 7:35 pm - Huntley area residents with disabilities soon will be able to work out at the Huntley Park District's Fitness Center, which is being equipped for their needs. Workers are renovating the 4,000-square-foot facility at 12015 Mill St. through Sunday.

ECC wins first place in Illinois organ and tissue donor campaign

May 22 2015 | 5:13 pm - Elgin Community College earned first place for the second year in a row in the Illinois Secretary of State Organ and Tissue Donor Program’s “Be a Hero” campaign.

Cary woman named state’s top history teacher

May 22 2015 | 5:13 pm - Jane Szybowicz has a knack for bringing history to life in her fifth grade classroom at Fox River Grove Middle School. She was recognized this week for the creative ways in which she engages students as the 2015 Illinois History Teacher of the Year...

State's PARCC test will be shorter next year

May 21 2015 | 7:06 pm - After complaints from educators, parents and students, state education officials have decided to shorten the state's standardized test next year. The new PARCC test will have a simpler format, reducing total test time for most students by 90 minutes...

District 300 plans one-to-one devices, technology upgrades

May 21 2015 | 7:09 pm - In a few years, every student in Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300’s 27 schools should have a one-to-one device, such as an iPad, Chromebook or laptop computer, officials said. District officials say the plan is to first address the...

U-46 seeks to buy iPads, upgrade technology

May 21 2015 | 12:05 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are considering buying iPads for kindergarten through second grade classrooms, Chromebooks, and replacing aging desktops and laptops in other grades. Officials say the upgrades are necessary for all students...

District 300 to change middle school grading policy

May 18 2015 | 6:12 pm - Community Unit District 300 is considering adopting a new grading policy for middle schoolers to prevent them from “failing,” and establishing credit requirements for promotion to high school. The changes are proposed for next school...

District 300 mulls later-start days for elementary schools

May 18 2015 | 5:12 pm - Community Unit District 300 officials are considering later starts for students in the district’s 17 elementary schools on certain days during the school year. A later start will provide teachers and support staff more time for planning and...

District 300 hosting forums on middle school changes

May 15 2015 | 4:22 pm - Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 will conduct two town hall meetings next week for parents of incoming sixth, seventh and eighth graders to gather feedback on the district’s Middle School Enhancement Plan and Strategic Plan.

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