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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Huntley library officials considering expansion

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Carpentersville skater Tennell’s Olympic performance doesn’t disappoint home crowd

Feb 20 2018 | 10:04 pm - Dozens of friends, fans and families gathered Tuesday night in the lobby of Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove, Bradie Tennell’s home rink, to watch the Olympic figure skater compete in the women’s short program.

Are locks, cameras, drills enough preparation for school shootings?

Feb 18 2018 | 10:51 pm - Aside from installing locks, cameras and participating in active shooter drills, can schools truly mentally prepare students, parents and employees for the possibility of a mass shooting?

District 158 schools recognized for energy efficiency

Feb 19 2018 | 8:45 am - Six Huntley Community School District 158 buildings recently received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.

Judson hosts conversations about race

Feb 19 2018 | 6:16 pm - How to have pragmatic conversations about race while upholding cultural identity is the goal of Judson’s “Beyond Colorblind” series, which launched Monday.

District 158 seeking new principal for Huntley High

Feb 15 2018 | 3:47 pm - Huntley High School Principal Scott Rowe will take on a new role as associate superintendent for sixth through 12th grades at Huntley Community School District 158.

Hampshire farming family among honorees at ECC Foundation celebration

Feb 15 2018 | 11:25 am - The Dumoulin family of Hampshire will receive Elgin Community College’s Lasting Impact Award on Feb. 18 during the college’s 20th anniversary Founders’ Day Celebration and Luncheon.

State education board seeks proposals to revamp PARCC test

Feb 14 2018 | 4:42 pm - State education officials Wednesday authorized seeking requests for proposals for the redesign of the PARCC standardized test administered to third through eighth-graders in English language arts and math.

ECC hosts film screening, discussion on systemic racism in U.S.

Feb 13 2018 | 11:47 pm - Dozens of Elgin-area residents came together Tuesday night to discuss ongoing systemic racism in America and laws some experts argue criminalize, target and racially profile disadvantaged black and other minority populations.

Elgin community gathers to protest rape culture

Feb 14 2018 | 2:26 pm - Dozens of people gathered Wednesday at Elgin Community College to raise awareness about and resistance to rape culture.

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