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Madhu Krishnamurthy

Staff Writer
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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 affordable housing project now complete

Jun 28 2016 | 1:33 pm - Lake in the Hills will host a community celebration Wednesday to mark the completion of a new affordable housing project.

Huntley veterans' memorial being prepped for weekend unveiling

Jun 27 2016 | 6:18 pm - Huntley's new veterans memorial will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday in Town Square.

District 158 board approves salary increases for some employees

Jun 27 2016 | 6:53 pm - Huntley schools officials approved salary increases for support personnel and non-union employees.

Spring Grove-area woman found dead after Sunday morning crash

Jun 27 2016 | 4:22 pm - The McHenry County Coroner's office is investigating the death of a 33-year-old woman in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning along Route 12 east of Sunset Road in Spring Grove.

Elgin college helps juveniles in detention earn college credit

Jun 26 2016 | 8:01 am - Kane County is giving juveniles in detention a chance to earn dual high school and college credits this summer.

Bartlett High School getting new scoreboard, field

Jun 24 2016 | 7:26 pm - Bartlett High School will be able to get a new stadium scoreboard thanks, in part, to a $25,000 donation from the Bartlett Rotary Club, while workers are resurfacing the existing athletic field with fresh sod.

Huntley affordable housing project moves forward

Jun 24 2016 | 8:36 am - A long-awaited affordable senior housing and health care project in Huntley is expected to break ground next month.

Unions ask ECC board to reconsider layoffs

Jun 22 2016 | 4:37 pm - Two Elgin Community College employee unions made a plea to the college board Tuesday to reconsider layoffs among support personnel and eliminating a surgical technology program.

U-46 might have to dip into reserves should state funding fall short

Jun 23 2016 | 5:50 pm - Leaders at the state’s second-largest school district said this week the state budget impasse could force officials to draw down reserves to fund operations next year.

U-46 recognizes employees for saving student’s life

Jun 21 2016 | 8:35 am - The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night recognized four employees for saving the life of a student at the Independence Center for Early Learning in Bartlett last month.

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