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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‘Progress’ in Huntley teachers contract mediation; talks to continue Tuesday

Aug 27 2015 | 3:59 pm - Huntley teachers made “significant progress” Wednesday in a mediation session with the school board over a new teachers contract, a union spokeswoman said Thursday. Negotiations will continue Sept. 1. “There is no final contract...

Fall festival showcases downtown Cary

Aug 27 2015 | 6:19 pm - The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Cary Main Street Fest Sept. 19 and 20 showcasing downtown Cary, its businesses and restaurants. The outdoor fall festival will feature craft beer and wine selections, a marketplace...

Huntley schools debut new facilities, principals on first day

Aug 26 2015 | 6:34 pm - Huntley Community School District 158 welcomed roughly 9,600 students and 650 teachers Wednesday on the first day of classes. Among the highlights this year is the opening of new facilities at Huntley High School, and two new principals at Heineman...

Judson gets first artist-in-residence

Aug 26 2015 | 1:32 pm - Musician and Judson University alumnus Huntley Brown will serve as Judson’s Center for Worship in the Performing Arts’ first artist-in-residence. “I am excited to return to Judson, where I received such valuable training and...

Missing Algonquin dog, Wrigley, found safe after 15 days

Aug 26 2015 | 8:05 pm - Wrigley, a 12-year-old Brittany spaniel/Labrador retriever mix, was found safe Wednesday after being missing for 15 days. The dog was the object of a massive, multi-community search. “I’m just thrilled,” said owner Terri Templin...

Elgin Symphony wins grant to perform more American music

Aug 24 2015 | 7:32 pm - The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will feature a piece of American classical or contemporary music in every concert during the 2015-16 season beginning Oct. 3, officials said Monday. It will be funded through a $4,000 American Music Project Grant award.

Pace expands bus service through Kane, McHenry counties

Aug 24 2015 | 7:18 pm - Pace Suburban Bus has extended its Randall Road route from its northern terminus in Elgin to the Crystal Lake Metra Station, expanding hours and adding a new midday service through Kane and McHenry counties. The route extension provides new service...

Huntley High School debuts ‘library of the future’

Aug 23 2015 | 4:03 pm - Huntley High School’s new Learning Resource Center is configured for 21st century learning with collaborative open spaces, fewer books and more technology. “If you’re wondering what the library of the future looks like, this is...

Model airplane enthusiasts flock to St. Charles festival

Aug 22 2015 | 5:59 pm - Suburban model airplane enthusiasts flocked to St. Charles Saturday for the Fox Valley Aero Club’s 10th annual Festival of Flight. The event drew roughly 50 pilots flying a variety of radio-control biplanes, warbirds, classic Cessnas, and...

Judson welcomes new students, families to Elgin

Aug 20 2015 | 4:23 pm - Judson University kicked off its orientation weekend Thursday with new students moving into residence halls at its Elgin campus. Instead of an on-campus dinner, the nearly 500 students, parents, faculty and staff members were urged to patronize...

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