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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Feb 12 2016 | 11:18 am - More than 45,000 students from Chicago and the suburbs are learning math a new and innovative way — through the Khan Academy's LearnStorm challenge that “has a bit of the flavor of a video game,” one Bensenville teacher says.

Driver dies in his second Huntley crash in a few hours, police say

Feb 13 2016 | 6:14 am - A 56-year-old Gilberts-area man was killed in a rollover crash Friday in Huntley. Police suspect the man was involved in an earlier crash less than a mile away.

U-46 installing new locks, cameras to enhance school safety

Feb 11 2016 | 12:09 pm - Nearly $3 million worth of upgrades are planned for several Elgin Area School District U-46 schools this year and next to improve security.

State allows three suburban school districts to take out low-interest loans

Feb 10 2016 | 5:03 pm - Three suburban school districts are among 29 districts statewide now authorized to borrow money through low- to no-interest bonds for construction and maintenance projects.

Dundee-Crown High School to host college and career fair

Feb 08 2016 | 2:22 pm - Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville will host a College and Career Fair from 9:10 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

How one school district is integrating black history beyond one month

Feb 07 2016 | 11:35 pm - Black history typically gets noticed in public schools once a year — every February — as educators highlight prominent African Americans and their role in shaping the American narrative. Leaders at Illinois’ second-largest...

Elgin school board member chastised for ‘racist’ Facebook comments

Feb 08 2016 | 10:03 pm - Dozens of parents, teachers and community members chastised an Elgin Area School District U-46 school board member Monday night over a Facebook post about Black History Month, with some calling for her resignation.

Naperville man charged in convenience store robbery

Feb 06 2016 | 11:23 am - A 23-year-old Naperville man is accused of robbing a convenience store in that town Friday night, authorities said.

Suburban Old Country Buffet restaurants survive closings

Feb 06 2016 | 12:37 pm - Amid a spate of closings nationwide, Old Country Buffet restaurants in Arlington Heights and Bloomingdale remain open.

Batavia District 101 to offer free preschool

Feb 04 2016 | 4:09 pm - Batavia School District 101 is eliminating tuition for preschool services starting next school year, and parents will be allowed to enter their child into a lottery for open preschool spots.

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