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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U-46 collects $35,000 for scholarships

Mar 22 2017 | 3:47 pm - Elgin-area schools officials have raised nearly $35,000 this year for an annual scholarship program supporting graduating students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Community colleges to share career programs

Mar 22 2017 | 3:45 pm - Community college districts statewide have agreed to share career and technical education programs so students can access programs unavailable at their home colleges.

Elgin social worker named among the best in state

Mar 21 2017 | 11:49 am - An Elgin school social worker is the 2017 Illinois Social Worker of the Year.

U-46 board approves contract changes for administrators

Mar 21 2017 | 1:27 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 administrators next school year will get fewer sick days, pay more for health insurance, and will receive a district match toward a new retirement plan.

Lake in the Hills candidates debate economic development, finances

Mar 20 2017 | 4:14 pm - Lake in the Hills mayoral candidates disagree about how successful the village’s economic development efforts have been over the years and the village’s financial outlook.

ECC capitalizing on rising demand for truck drivers

Mar 20 2017 | 8:31 am - Want an entry-level job earning $60,000 a year after 16 weeks of training at a community college? Elgin Community College’s truck driving program can do that.

Work on Fox River Grove downtown redevelopment to begin by fall

Mar 17 2017 | 6:32 pm - After several years of planning, Fox River Grove village leaders gave the greenlight for a more than $250 million downtown redevelopment project to begin this fall.

U-46 school board candidates debate school choice, charter schools

Mar 16 2017 | 3:47 pm - Candidates vying to lead the state’s second-largest school district have different views on what school choice means and whether charter schools are a good idea.

Cary mayoral candidates talk budget, economic development

Mar 15 2017 | 8:59 pm - Two men running to lead Cary have different views on the village’s budget, and how to improve its downtown and attract new businesses. Incumbent Village President Mark Kownick faces challenger and current trustee Jim Cosler on April 4.

Lake in the Hills might fire recently hired village administrator

Mar 14 2017 | 6:16 pm - Lake in the Hills village officials are considering firing the village administrator barely three months after he was hired.

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