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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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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.

U-46 proposes spending $23 million to upgrade schools

Feb 03 2016 | 4:49 pm - Two 10-classroom additions at Coleman and Highland elementary schools, both in Elgin, are expected to be done this year, as well as a six-classroom addition at Laurel Hill Elementary School in Hanover Park. All are part of a more than $23 million in...

U-46 will expand dual language program

Feb 01 2016 | 9:06 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 is expanding its dual language program to middle schools next school year, officials said Monday.

Elgin library, U-46 schools mark Black History Month

Feb 01 2016 | 2:34 pm - Storytellers, a film festival, African drum performances, and celebrations of African-American culture will bring black history to life in the Elgin area this month.

Why suburbs could use more police social workers

Jan 31 2016 | 11:10 pm - Suburban police officers dealing with an increase in mental health and substance abuse calls are not equipped to handle such crises, experts say. That’s why police social workers are essential to help bridge the gap between law enforcement...

ECC’s monthlong black history celebration begins

Jan 29 2016 | 6:02 pm - Elgin Community College kicked off its monthlong celebration of black history Friday with a community breakfast.

Huntley may spend $2.7 million to upgrade wastewater treatment plants

Jan 28 2016 | 7:28 pm - Huntley officials are considering more than $2.7 million in upgrades to two village wastewater treatment plants. The village must make roughly $1.6 million of those upgrades at its East Wastewater Treatment Facility to comply with a new...

Free tax filing offered at Judson University for low-income families

Jan 28 2016 | 4:08 pm - Starting Saturday, the Elgin Center for Economic Progress is opening a tax help site at Judson University in Elgin.

See high-flying action at Norge Ski Jump

Jan 26 2016 | 12:24 pm - Dozens of professional ski jumpers from five countries and the U.S. will take to the slopes this weekend for the 111th Norge Ski Jump International Winter Competition in Fox River Grove.

U-46 students earn highest state musical honor

Jan 28 2016 | 10:50 am - Six Elgin Area School District U-46 High School students have been named All-State Musicians by the Illinois Music Educators Association.

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