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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Feb 17 2017 | 10:01 am - Stand for the Silent is hosting an open forum on bullying for all Elgin Area School District U-46 parents and guardians Feb. 23 at Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood.

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Feb 16 2017 | 7:12 pm - A Wisconsin judge has revoked the driver’s license of Lake in the Hills police Sgt. Mark Mogan, of Hebron, who is accused of driving drunk and killing a Lake Geneva woman in December.

Two Crystal Lake men killed in weekend crash

Feb 15 2017 | 8:30 pm - Two Crystal Lake men were killed in a fatal crash Saturday evening in unincorporated Nunda Township, authorities said.

Family of beaten South Elgin seventh-grader seeks information on attack

Feb 15 2017 | 5:16 pm - The family of a South Elgin seventh-grader beaten at school two weeks ago is asking the district to preserve and hand over all records of the attack, and any psychological records of the other student who was involved.

Lake in the Hills mayoral candidates debate lack of board diversity

Feb 16 2017 | 11:36 am - Two candidates vying to lead Lake in the Hills for the next four years disagree on how to address a lack of diversity on the village board. Incumbent Village President Paul Mulcahy faces challenger and village Trustee Russ Ruzanski on April 4.

Bartlett, Crystal Lake principals among Golden Apple leadership finalists

Feb 14 2017 | 6:40 pm - Two suburban principals from Bartlett and Crystal Lake are among 10 finalists for the Golden Apple Foundation’s Stanley C. Golder Achievement Leadership Award.

Judson University chapel services to focus on race relations

Feb 14 2017 | 4:02 pm - Judson University in Elgin will host three chapel services next week highlighting race relations in the nation, the church, and community.

Lake in the Hills man dies of injuries from fire

Feb 13 2017 | 2:32 pm - A 61-year-old man injured in a fire at a two-story home in Lake in the Hills late Sunday has died, authorities said.

Free college for U-46 high school students?

Feb 13 2017 | 2:54 pm - Elgin schools officials are considering partnering with Elgin Community College to offer students a chance to earn college credit for free.

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