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Madhu Krishnamurthy

Staff Writer
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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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Apr 25 2018 | 3:58 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the school board after Traci O’Neal Ellis’ resignation earlier this week.

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Apr 25 2018 | 4:26 pm - Four Elgin High School culinary students compete this weekend in the National ProStart Invitational in Providence, Rhode Island, after taking first place in the state contest.

U-46 board recognizes three outstanding employees

Apr 24 2018 | 9:06 am - Elgin Area School District U-46 officials Monday night honored three employees who received statewide awards for their contributions.

Former U-46 board member to take social justice advocacy to national stage

Apr 24 2018 | 4:07 pm - Traci O’Neal Ellis hopes her experience on the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board will help her advocate for educational equity and criminal justice reform at a national level.

Judson to launch mentorship program for foster youth

Apr 24 2018 | 10:39 am - Judson University in Elgin will be launching a youth mentorship program for children who age out of Illinois’ foster care system.

U-46 board member who made controversial flag comments resigns

Apr 24 2018 | 10:14 am - Elgin Area School District U-46 board member Traci O'Neal Ellis announced her immediate resignation from the board Monday night.

Protesting students: ‘There’s no reason kids should be dying’

Apr 20 2018 | 5:30 pm - Students across the region who walked out of class Friday as part of the National School Walkout continued to call on legislators to tighten gun laws and take steps to make them feel safer.

CMAP program teaches urban planning to high schoolers

Apr 20 2018 | 11:52 am - Suburban students seeking to learn about urban planning, civic engagement and how to make their communities better can participate in a free, weeklong workshop with experts July 9 to 14.

District 158 board hires new Huntley High principal

Apr 20 2018 | 10:16 am - The Huntley Community School District 158 school board Thursday night approved hiring a new principal for Huntley High School.

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