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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Lake in the Hills imposes new amusement tax

Oct 20 2016 | 4:48 pm - Watching a movie at the theaters in Lake in the Hills will cost a little bit more next year. Starting Jan. 1, the village is imposing a 5 percent amusement tax to offset declining revenues elsewhere.

U-46 support personnel get raises, 4-year deal

Oct 19 2016 | 6:19 pm - The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board this week approved a four-year contract for support personnel including average salary increases of more than 2 percent for employees with seniority.

Solar panels to cut down Jacobs High energy costs

Oct 19 2016 | 4:39 pm - Jacobs High School has installed new rooftop solar panels that are expected to cut down the Algonquin school’s energy costs.

Police soon can monitor what happens at Elgin schools

Oct 18 2016 | 10:59 am - Police soon will be able to monitor what happens at Elgin schools in real time during emergencies or when responding to calls.

District 155 aims to provide computing devices for all students

Oct 14 2016 | 11:32 pm - Every student in Crystal Lake High School District 155 will have a personal computing device, officials said Friday.

Educators to address gifted access at Saturday summit

Oct 14 2016 | 9:35 pm - About 150 suburban and statewide educators will talk about underserved gifted populations at a summit Saturday in Evanston.

Judson teaches students empathy through global service missions

Oct 14 2016 | 5:07 pm - Nearly 80 Judson University students will help with Bible studies, building projects, and after-school programs in the school’s global mission trips.

Huntley High to be on ABC 7 Friday morning flyover

Oct 13 2016 | 2:17 pm - Huntley High School is inviting the entire community to join its students on the school’s football field early Friday morning for ABC 7 Chicago’s “Friday Flyover.”

Elgin’s only Catholic high school turns 75

Oct 13 2016 | 5:34 pm - St. Edward Central Catholic High School marks its 75th anniversary with an open house and tours of the building at 335 Locust St., from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by 4 p.m. Mass.

Mary Lou Retton on being ‘America’s sweetheart,’ retiring at 18

Oct 11 2016 | 7:47 pm - American gymnast Mary Lou Retton sat down with the Daily Herald for an exclusive interview before her appearance Monday night at Judson University’s second annual World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series.

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