Christie Willhite

Assistant City Editor
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Christie Willhite is an assistant city editor, a position she has held since 2000. She works with reporters, photographers and editors to coordinate stories for the Neighbor section in our print editions for DuPage County and for the local pages of our website.

In 2008, she launched the Lend a Hand column highlighting charity groups and service organizations in DuPage County, and the following year introduced the Join In column to feature the activities of interesting local clubs. She also oversees Why We Walk, a series of essays from participants in charity walks and runs that describe why such events make a difference to those who support the cause.

Willhite covered Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 from 1996 to 2000, writing stories ranging from features on classroom projects to reports on superintendent searches, threatened teacher strikes, attendance boundary changes and the opening of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. In 1997, she led a team of reporters in reporting on an accident in which three high school students were killed by a drunken driver. The coverage was recognized with a Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists' Chicago Headline Club.

Before reporting on the Naperville school systems, Willhite worked as a police reporter and handled a variety of municipal beats throughout DuPage County including Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Lombard, Villa Park and Wood Dale. She joined the Daily Herald in 1991 after an internship with the paper in 1990. Willhite graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and minors in political science and English. She grew up in Lombard and lives in Naperville.

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SHARE Program at Edward Hospital hosts walk to remember lost lives

Sep 28 2015 | 8:23 am - The Walk to Remember honors babies who died before or just after birth and helps parents find support.

Supporting PADS honors son’s memory

Sep 16 2015 | 8:04 am - Anyone who knew Ross MacNeill knew he loved life — his family, his friends, his dog — but he was passionate about two things: hockey and helping the homeless. His family will honor his passion by taking part in Saturday's Run 4 Home to...

Why hundreds will Walk to End Alzheimer's in Naperville

Sep 16 2015 | 7:24 am - Even when Lauren Zomparelli's grandmother was confused enough by Alzheimer's to distrust her loved ones, Zomparelli was able to calm her down. Now Zomparelli will join the Walk to End Alzheimer's in her grandma's memory.

Hundreds walk in Naperville to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis

Jun 05 2015 | 11:05 pm - Hundreds will walk Saturday in Naperville to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form anywhere on the body. Here's how you can help.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Walk benefits Loaves and Fishes

May 26 2015 | 1:49 pm - Parishioners at St. Margaret Mary church know a stroke of misfortune may be all that separates them from needing help like that offered by Loaves and Fishes Community Services. To support the organization, the Naperville parish has organized its...

Naperville walk aims to combat Huntington’s disease

May 14 2015 | 10:31 pm - George Stecyk of Naperville will walk Sunday in the Huntington's Disease Society of America's Team Hope Walk. With each step, he'll honor his father and brother who both died from the disease, and stride toward a cure for genetic brain disorder in...

Naperville CARES helps local families weather financial storms

Apr 21 2015 | 11:33 am - Naperville CARES provides emergency financial assistance to help families when surprise bills pour in. The goal is to keep families from losing their homes if they can’t pay the rent for a month, from going without food or without electricity...

Man’s team in Wheaton 5K walks to support brother with epilepsy

Apr 23 2015 | 6:37 pm - Every year Kevin Muldoon is among the first to register for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago 5K Run/Walk at Cantigny. And every year he brings more people on his team to support the foundation's efforts to help those with epilepsy, which...

Runners support their own local causes in the Human Race

Apr 23 2015 | 9:28 am - This weekend, runners and walkers who are passionate about smaller, grassroots nonprofits will be striding side by side to support their favorite causes. The Human Race 5K run and fitness walk is a fundraising race for the little guys.

Director adds special touches to Spotlight Youth Theater DuPage's 'Shrek'

Feb 20 2015 | 7:53 am - A beautiful princess, locked in a tower, waits for a dashing prince to rescue her. We all know where the fairy tale is heading, right? Of course. An ogre and his talking donkey sidekick free her in a swamp-for-princess bride exchange with a (wink,...

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