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Madhu Krishnamurthy

Staff Writer

Madhu Krishnamurthy is a staff writer who currently covers governments and schools within Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Rosemont and environs, human interest and political stories, as well as 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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Outdoor gear, gun retailer to open store in Algonquin

Apr 23 2014 | 5:59 pm - Gander Mountain, a major outdoor sporting goods retailer and gun shop, plans to build a 52,000-square-foot store off Randall Road in Algonquin. The store is set to open this fall.

Lake in the Hills Airport to receive federal grant for runway upgrades

Apr 22 2014 | 5:38 pm - Lake in the Hills has been awarded a federal grant toward the reconstruction of a 3,800-foot runway at its municipal airport. The much-anticipated funding announcement last week came as a surprise to village officials. “We knew the runway...

Elgin man charged with sexual assault

Apr 23 2014 | 12:07 am - An Elgin man faces charges of criminal sexual assault of a 25-year-old woman with whom he was staying at a motel in Woodstock, police said.

Fox Valley area robotics team heads to world championship

Apr 21 2014 | 7:23 pm - A team of 25 Fox Valley area high school students will compete in the FIRST Robotics World Finals this week in St. Louis. More than 2,700 teams made up of 68,000 high school students worldwide vied for a spot in the finals at regional, state and...

Algonquin girl becomes face of national parks

Apr 22 2014 | 1:22 pm - Aida Frey knew she wanted to be a park ranger ever since her first visit to a national park. Three years later, the 13-year-old from Algonquin has visited 163 national parks and historic sites with her family, and earned about 300 badges, pins and...

Judson students design shelters for disaster relief

Apr 19 2014 | 12:32 am - Judson University sophomore architecture students have designed and built creative emergency shelters for rapid deployment and setup in areas affected by natural or man-made disasters. The prototypes will be entered into the Disaster Shelter...

Lake in the Hills to swear in new top cop

Apr 18 2014 | 4:17 pm - Lake in the Hills village officials will be swearing in the town’s new police chief April 30. Deputy Chief David Brey was tapped to lead the department in March after the village board interviewed three internal candidates for the job. He...

Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?

Apr 15 2014 | 10:51 pm - Elgin leaders are expecting “unprecedented growth” in business with the anticipated Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago starting next year. Meanwhile, Huntley officials say the new rail line might help them obtain a...

Huntley teen who crashed SUV into townhouse is not licensed

Apr 15 2014 | 9:38 pm - A 17-year-old Huntley resident who drove an SUV into two townhouses Monday afternoon was not licensed to drive, police said. The unidentified teen was charged late Tuesday with not having a valid driver’s license and failing to reduce his...

Cadence names new president of Delnor Hospital

Apr 15 2014 | 12:35 pm - Winfield-based Cadence Health has named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and executive vice president of Cadence Health.

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