Madhu Krishnamurthy

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Madhu Krishnamurthy is a senior staff writer and education writer for the Daily Herald. She covers suburban K-12 school districts, including Elgin Area School District U-46, and higher education institutions such as community colleges and universities. She also covers local governments, including Fox River Grove, Huntley and Lake in the Hills. Previously, she covered Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Rosemont and environs. She has covered human interest, political and diversity-related 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 also a mobile-journalist at the Daily Herald producing multimedia projects including her own photos and videos. She chairs the Editorial Diversity Committee whose goals are to broaden employees' understanding of the various cultures represented within and reflect the diversity of the communities the company serves through its news products. Madhu has done extensive work covering issues facing the Muslim, Arab, Latino and Hindu communities in the suburbs.

She is 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.

Before joining the Daily Herald, she worked at The Edmond Sun, a small daily newspaper covering Edmond, Oklahoma. 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 speaks four languages: English, Hindi, Urdu and Tamil, and currently is learning Arabic. 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 @dhmadhu.krishnamurthy or follow her on Twitter @dh_madhuk.

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U-46 board reviews tentative budget for next school year

Jun 18 2018 | 11:24 pm - The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night reviewed a first draft of a $534.6 million spending plan for the 2018-19 school year.

District 47 board appoints two new administrators

Jun 19 2018 | 11:28 am - The Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 school board Monday night appointed two new administrators for the coming school year.

Free summer meal program participation declines in suburbs, nation

Jun 17 2018 | 11:20 pm - Programs providing free summer meals to low-income children in the suburbs and nationwide are seeing declines in participation, according to a recent hunger report.

Ray Lewis urges fathers to step up during Willow Creek DadFest

Jun 17 2018 | 7:45 pm - “Don’t just be daddy. Act like daddy,” former NFL linebacker Ray Lewiss aid Sunday while speaking to fathers during DadFest at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.

Suburban Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid festivities

Jun 15 2018 | 5:36 pm - Suburban Muslims joined millions around the world marking the end of a monthlong observance of intermittent fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which concluded Friday with congregational prayers and festivities.

District 155 spending $14 million to upgrade schools

Jun 12 2018 | 5:17 pm - Nearly $14 million in improvements will be made at Crystal Lake High School District 155’s four high schools now through the summer.

Elgin partnership brings learning to the Laundromat

Jun 10 2018 | 11:25 pm - An Elgin group aims to promote literacy resources at laundromats and other sites, such as grocery stores, playgrounds and pediatrician offices, throughout the city targeting children of at-risk families.

Huntley man to cycle 270 miles for charity

Jun 11 2018 | 6:43 pm - Bob Higgins’ lifelong goal has been to go cycling every day. “Cycling is a passion,” said the 66-year-old Huntley resident who will be riding later this month in a three-day, 270-mile charity cycling event.

Registration for Lake in the Hills triathlon will close Friday

Jun 11 2018 | 3:48 pm - Swimmers, runners and cyclists from throughout the region will swarm to Lake in the Hills for its annual triathlon Sunday.

District 47 students get free books from local nonprofit

Jun 08 2018 | 1:04 pm - Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 students recently received a donation of roughly 2,000 books through a new partnership with the nonprofit Bernie’s Book Bank.

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