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 woman steps closer to realizing Olympic dream

Jan 16 2017 | 9:28 am - Anali Cisneros of Elgin is aiming to match the time of 2016 Olympic gold medalist race walker Liu Hong, with the hope of competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Skiers ready to fly in Fox River Grove tournament

Jan 16 2017 | 11:49 am - Professional ski jumpers from around the world will take to the slopes this weekend for the 112th Norge Ski Jump International Winter Tournament in Fox River Grove.

U-46 students to discuss nonviolence during MLK observance

Jan 12 2017 | 3:06 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 students will discuss nonviolence and reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s values and vision in a Socratic seminar as part of this weekend’s MLK celebration.

‘No dark secrets,’ says father of Lake in the Hills murder-suicide victims

Jan 12 2017 | 7:30 pm - There were “no dark secrets or anything like that,” said Luis Garcia Thursday of the tragic death of his two young children at the hands of his wife.

Coroner: Lake in the Hills mom strangled her kids, hanged herself

Jan 12 2017 | 1:52 pm - Authorities said Wednesday a 27-year-old woman strangled her children, then hanged herself in their Lake in the Hills home.

St. Charles East cancels second day of classes due to stomach virus outbreak

Jan 11 2017 | 5:57 am - After a spate of illnesses, classes at St. Charles East High School have been canceled for Wednesday and are expected to resume Thursday, officials say.

ECC nominated for Bellwether Award

Jan 05 2017 | 10:14 am - Elgin Community College is among 10 finalists for the 2017 Bellwether Award by the Community College Futures Assembly.

Dist. 300 students to perform own composition in concert

Jan 05 2017 | 10:27 am - A community concert featuring a musical composition partly written by Community Unit District 300 middle school students will debut Jan. 10 at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

Nominations sought for outstanding African-American educators

Jan 03 2017 | 8:01 am - Organizers of Elgin’s 12th annual Black History Family Festival are seeking nominations of top African-American educators to recognize.

Orlando, the donkey, dies 6 months after 50th birthday

Jan 03 2017 | 12:44 pm - Orlando, the Kane County donkey who celebrated his 50th birthday this past summer, has died.

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