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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District 300 seeks to create remediation site, community center

Jul 27 2015 | 6:00 am - Community Unit District 300 is considering using a former Carpentersville child care center as an alternative site for students facing out-of-school suspensions, and potentially as a center for adult continuing education and community resources.

U-46 leaders attend White House summit on school discipline

Jul 22 2015 | 5:19 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 leaders shared the district’s successes with school discipline policies and practices at a White House summit Wednesday.

Aurora man may plead guilty to terrorism charges

Jul 22 2015 | 4:35 pm - An Aurora man, held without bail for more than two years in a federal terrorism case, may plead guilty next month. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was accused of attempting to travel to Syria to fight with an al-Qaida-sponsored terrorist group.

U-46 urges students to take advantage of Summer Meals Program

Jul 21 2015 | 2:30 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 is urging students to get the nutrition they need at about a dozen community sites and two schools serving summer meals.

District 300 to host back-to-school health clinics

Jul 20 2015 | 4:27 pm - Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 and the Greater Elgin Family Care Center will host three back-to-school physical and immunization clinics next week in Carpentersville.

Village board set to review Fox River Grove redevelopment plan

Jul 20 2015 | 6:26 pm - Fox River Grove’s proposed $250 million downtown redevelopment project is moving forward to the village board for review next month.

Centegra to host health fest in Huntley Saturday

Jul 16 2015 | 8:16 pm - Centegra Health System will host a Family Health Fest Saturday to mark the progress in construction of its Huntley hospital. The fest will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Centegra’s Huntley campus at Reed and Haligus roads.

Elgin drug bust nets armed robbery suspect

Jul 16 2015 | 8:06 pm - A drug bust Wednesday led Elgin police to capture the suspect in an armed robbery from earlier this week, police said. Deandre Anderson, 25, of the 700 block of Grace St., Elgin, is charged with one count of armed robbery, a Class X felony.

Longtime Judson professor remembered for love of students

Jul 15 2015 | 4:19 pm - Ted Hsieh’s extraordinary love for his students coupled with his passion for teaching made him a favorite at Judson University. The longtime Judson psychology professor, dubbed "Papa Hsieh" by students, died Monday after being diagnosed with...

MCC, Aurora University create nursing partnership

Jul 15 2015 | 3:11 pm - McHenry County College and Aurora University have inked a deal allowing MCC’s nursing students to seamlessly transition toward earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Aurora.

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