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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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...

Lt. Gov. keynote speaker at Judson Prayer Breakfast

Mar 24 2015 | 6:26 pm - Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti will be the keynote speaker at Judson University’s annual Community Prayer Breakfast on May 6. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Lindner Fitness Center, 1151 N. State St., Elgin.

U-46 offers options for students with higher reading skills

Mar 23 2015 | 4:13 pm - Nearly half of Elgin Area School District U-46 middle school students will not be required to take reading next school year, officials said. “Students scoring above the 50th percentile will have the opportunity to choose other electives,...

3 pigs perish in morning Huntley barn fire

Mar 23 2015 | 3:47 pm - Three pigs perished in an early morning barn fire Monday on a family farm in the area of Coyne Station and Ernesti roads in Huntley. About 20 cattle on the farm were saved unharmed, said Fire Chief Ken Caudle of the Huntley Fire Protection District.

Elgin leaders plan bowling bash for at-risk youth

Mar 23 2015 | 6:08 pm - Several members of the Elgin Area Leadership Academy are throwing a bowling bash Tuesday for at-risk youths during spring break. Twelve youths from the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin also will receive career advice during one-on-one mentoring sessions...

ECC students spend spring break helping build home

Mar 23 2015 | 5:43 am - Eleven Elgin Community College students will help Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley remodel a historic Elgin home for an immigrant couple from Uganda. It's the second year ECC has partnered with Habitat for the Alternative Spring Break...

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