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 leaders discuss racial equity, student discipline

Jan 22 2018 | 11:21 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 officials Monday night discussed the state of equity within their schools, including data showing African-American students being overrepresented in all forms of student discipline.

Norge trained three suburban Olympic ski jumping hopefuls

Jan 23 2018 | 4:18 pm - The slopes of Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove served as the launchpad for three suburban Olympic hopefuls who likely have earned a spot on Team USA’s ski jump team, club officials said Tuesday.

Elgin charter school’s new principal inspired by its vision

Jan 21 2018 | 11:15 pm - Lezlie Fuhr always dreamed of building a school from the ground up. Now she’s got the chance as the Elgin Math and Science Academy charter school’s first principal.

Bids to start at $1.2 million for Lake in the Hills shopping center

Jan 21 2018 | 4:57 pm - A Lake in the Hills shopping center that housed a now shuttered Dominick’s store is being auctioned off next month for a starting bid of $1.2 million.

3 suburban graduates make Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ list for VR office tool

Jan 20 2018 | 6:19 pm - Three former suburbanites made Forbes magazine’s 2018 “30 Under 30” list for their tech startup Loom — a cloud-based video recording service that could revolutionize how businesses communicate with employees and customers.

Authorities lift Huntley High School lockdown

Jan 19 2018 | 3:29 pm - A lockdown of Huntley High School was lifted around 2:30 p.m. Friday as police continue investigating the source of two live bullets found by a student in a hallway earlier in the day, officials said.

Prairie Ridge High auto shop students fix cars for charity

Jan 19 2018 | 12:59 am - Prairie Ridge High School’s advanced auto shop students are fixing cars to help families in need through a partnership with a local charity.

Community raises funds to send figure skater’s family to Olympics

Jan 19 2018 | 12:42 pm - Friends of Bradie Tennell, a 19-year-old Carpentersville figure skater, are raising funds to send her two brothers to watch her compete in the Olympics Feb. 11 in South Korea.

Construction of new Willow Creek Huntley church could begin this spring

Jan 17 2018 | 7:20 pm - Worshippers with the suburbs’ largest megachurch could break ground later this spring on a permanent home near Huntley.

ECC art exhibit to address violence against women

Jan 14 2018 | 10:01 pm - Elgin-area residents will partake in a national conversation about sexual violence against women through a Jan. 30 art exhibit — Rise. Resist. Revolt. — at Elgin Community College.

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