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 to host resource fair for parents of special needs kids

Mar 04 2015 | 1:20 pm - The Elgin Area School District U-46 Citizens’ Advisory Council and special education department are hosting a free Special Needs Parents Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at South Elgin High School, 760 E. Main St., South...

Public hearing set on Route 47 improvements

Mar 03 2015 | 4:14 pm - State transportation officials are seeking communities’ input on proposed improvements to an 8-mile stretch of Route 47 at a March 12 public hearing in Huntley.

New critical-thinking state tests cause angst

Mar 04 2015 | 4:57 am - Nearly 1 million students in Illinois are taking a new standardized test starting this week. Some suburban educators fear the new test is too difficult, too subjective, takes too long and moves students away from real learning. They also say the...

Jenny McCarthy to appear at St. Charles’ Arcada Theatre

Mar 02 2015 | 2:19 pm - St. Charles’ own Jenny McCarthy will appear at the Arcada Theatre June 13 in her “Dirty, Sexy, Funny Comedy Tour.” The 42-year-old actress and former co-host of ABC talk show “The View,” is making her first...

ECC board candidates talk tuition, taxes

Mar 01 2015 | 10:41 pm - Keeping taxes and college tuition low in the years ahead will be challenging, say candidates running for the Elgin Community College board April 7. Incumbents Bob Getz and Donna Redmer and challenger Jeffrey Meyer are vying for two 6-year term seats...

Sun City-Huntley homeowners irked by plan to reduce depth of pond

Feb 26 2015 | 12:13 pm - Homeowners in Sun City-Huntley are upset over a village plan that would lower the depth of a retention pond within the senior living community. Residents say lowering the roughly 7-foot pond could affect property values, aesthetics of the pond and...

U-46 schools win health and wellness grants

Feb 25 2015 | 1:31 pm - Abbott Middle School and Creekside Elementary School, both in Elgin, recently were awarded grants for their healthy eating and physical activity initiatives as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

U-46 approves auditor contract, new policies

Feb 23 2015 | 11:35 pm - The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night renewed a five-year contract with McGladrey LLP to perform annual audits for $510,175. The school board also authorized several policy changes, including adopting new policies prohibiting...

Huntley dial-a-ride bus service begins Monday

Feb 24 2015 | 4:40 pm - Huntley residents will be able to use a new dial-a-ride bus service starting March 2. Residents can now register and participate in McHenry County’s MCRide program (Dial-A-Ride). The service will be provided to all Huntley residents,...

ECC board candidates discuss college’s future

Feb 22 2015 | 11:38 pm - Candidates running for the Elgin Community College board say the future of community colleges is in increasing online learning and building partnerships with communities to ensure more people have access to higher education. Two incumbents and a...

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