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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4 girls combine to sell more than $40,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies

Apr 01 2015 | 4:16 pm - Three girls from Streamwood and another Aurora girl are the top cookie sellers for the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois this year. The four girls collectively sold more than $40,000 worth of cookies earning the top prize — a four-day trip for...

Fundraiser set for Huntley veterans memorial project

Mar 31 2015 | 12:17 am - A group of volunteers is organizing a 1940s-themed dance fundraiser May 16 to collect money for a veterans memorial in downtown Huntley. The project is estimated to cost $150,000. The 25-foot-tall, curved black granite monument will be erected in...

Water main, sewer work continues in downtown Huntley

Mar 31 2015 | 5:36 pm - Crews have begun water main and sanitary sewer work this week in downtown Huntley. It’s part of nearly $4 million in downtown improvements to upgrade older infrastructure, including relocating overhead and underground utilities, renovating...

Lake in the Hills board approves public works union contract

Mar 30 2015 | 5:07 pm - The Lake in the Hills village board recently approved a three-year contract with its public works employees union running through Dec. 31, 2017. It includes cost of living adjustments of 2.25 percent the first year, and 2 percent increases in...

Batavia college prep school plan might be dead

Mar 29 2015 | 11:09 pm - The plan to open a private college prep high school this fall in Batavia is dead, for now. “We just didn’t have the applicants. We needed 100 students to open,” said former Illinois education superintendent Michael Bakalis,...

Sleepy Hollow referendum forums start Saturday

Mar 27 2015 | 5:56 pm - Sleepy Hollow village officials will make their case for why they are seeking a roughly 82 percent increase in the village property tax rate on April 7 in the first of three forums, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The village seeks to collect an additional...

Judson kicks off new inspirational world leaders series this fall

Mar 27 2015 | 6:22 pm - Born without arms and legs, Serbian Australian Nick Vujicic will share how he overcame his physical challenges through faith as the inaugural speaker for Judson University’s World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series launching this fall. He...

District 158 school board approves boundary changes

Mar 26 2015 | 1:49 pm - Roughly 600 students will be moved out of Leggee Elementary School in Huntley over the next three years to alleviate overcrowding, officials said. The Huntley School District 158 school board recently approved boundary changes to address increasing...

Lake in the Hills man remembered for volunteering, passion for living

Mar 26 2015 | 6:05 pm - Tom Stock lived every moment of his 55-year-old life to the fullest, say friends and family. Stock, chairman of the Lake in the Hills planning and zoning commission, died Monday after a more than two-year battle with lung cancer.

Police: Huntley man killed his wife

Mar 25 2015 | 7:01 pm - A 64-year-old Huntley man is accused of killing his 63-year-old wife who died from injuries sustained during a domestic battery, police said. Edward Hartgraves, of the 10000 block of Longfield Drive, is charged with first-degree murder in the death...

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