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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District 300 teachers get 4 percent raises

Oct 08 2015 | 1:36 pm - Community Unit District 300 officials have released the details of a new teacher’s contract approved earlier this week. More than 1,400 teachers in the Algonquin-based district will receive a 4 percent raise for each of the four years of the...

U-46 boundary plan to be set by end of year

Oct 07 2015 | 7:46 pm - Future attendance boundaries that could move about 900 students at several Elgin-area elementary schools likely will be decided by year’s end. Changes would affect 16 of the district’s 40 elementary schools.

District 300 approves teachers contract, no details released

Oct 07 2015 | 2:27 pm - The Community Unit District 300 school board Tuesday night approved a new four-year teachers contract, but officials have not yet released details about salary increases.

Will federal funding spawn more suburban charter schools?

Oct 06 2015 | 10:41 pm - Could a proposal to create a charter school in Elgin, defeated last year, be revived with the injection of federal funding? Illinois will be receiving more than $42 million to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and...

MCC seeking exhibitors for fall job fair

Oct 05 2015 | 5:08 pm - McHenry County College is seeking area employers to participate in its fall job fair on Oct. 30. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the multipurpose room in Building A of the campus at 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Huntley teacher stands out among peers in state

Oct 06 2015 | 6:31 pm - Children have been Chris Bessey's lifelong passion. The 47-year-old Algonquin resident switched careers from being a business professional to getting her teaching certification and she was recently named the state's top early career educator.

Classes off in McHenry again Wednesday as negotiations continue

Oct 06 2015 | 8:51 pm - Classes are off once again Wednesday in McHenry High School District 156 as talks between the school board and teachers union went late into the night Tuesday.

Lack of Legionella protocol frustrates U-46 leader

Oct 04 2015 | 10:42 pm - In the wake of the closing of three school buildings, the Elgin-area schools top official says there is an alarming lack of public health standards and protocols for dealing with the Legionella bacteria in schools. “It was incredibly...

No school Tuesday in Dist. 156, but negotiations resume

Oct 05 2015 | 9:55 pm - McHenry High School District 156 schools will remain closed through today after a marathon 12-hour negotiation session Sunday between the school board and the teachers union failed to produce a new contract. The parties resumed talks Monday night,...

Bartlett teen says newspaper helped make her dream a reality

Sep 29 2015 | 10:02 pm - Sporting a new prosthetic leg, Tiffany Wallace is getting her stride at Illinois State University in Normal where she is a freshman studying nursing and pursuing sports this fall. “It’s been exciting,” said the 18-year-old...

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