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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May 24 2018 | 11:06 am - Elgin Area School District U-46 will host information sessions next week on plans for developing high school career academies ahead of a school board discussion on June 4.

District 47 board appoints STEM education director

May 23 2018 | 10:47 am - The Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 school board earlier this week appointed Carolyn Stadlman as the district’s new director of math, science and STEM effective July 1.

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May 23 2018 | 11:23 am - Teachers in Elgin Area School District U-46 will vote Thursday on a proposed new contract that is being met with some resistance among rank and file.

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Why U-46 is looking at adding more high school academies

May 21 2018 | 6:20 am - Elgin Area School District U-46 students soon might be able to pursue careers in health care, tourism, government and the military while still in high school.

U-46, Elgin teachers union share details of proposed compensation plan

May 23 2018 | 10:12 am - A proposed new contract for Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers gradually would streamline the traditional compensation model of multiple step and lane increases, officials said Friday.

ECC hosts first regional high school welding contest

May 17 2018 | 5:22 pm - Thirty-five students from Kane and McHenry counties competed Thursday in Elgin Community College’s first high school welding competition.

17 candidates vying to fill U-46 school board vacancy

May 17 2018 | 5:04 pm - 17 candidates are vying to fill a vacancy on the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board after board member Traci O’Neal Ellis’ resignation last month.

Vernon Hills man killed, another injured in McHenry County crash

May 16 2018 | 4:39 pm - A 77-year-old Vernon Hills man died while another man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in unincorporated Richmond, authorities said.

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