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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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Kane County’s first in-school food pantry to open

Aug 28 2016 | 11:42 pm - Underprivileged families within Community Unit District 300 needing food assistance can benefit from an in-school food pantry opening Wednesday at Carpentersville Middle School.

ECC begins layoffs; 15 positions eliminated so far

Aug 26 2016 | 5:11 pm - Elgin Community College has sent layoff notices to 15 employees and more terminations are expected because of anticipated state funding shortfalls, an official said Friday.

Up to 70 percent of students still unprepared, tests show

Aug 25 2016 | 4:32 pm - Preliminary statewide results from standardized testing show anywhere between 60 percent and 70 percent of Illinois students are not ready for college or careers after high school.

Cambridge Lakes school should open as planned Sept. 6

Aug 26 2016 | 7:02 pm - Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove should open on time for this school year, officials said Wednesday.

New bus routes, programs, additions at Burlington area schools

Aug 24 2016 | 2:24 pm - New bus routes, new programs and future additions are among the highlights at Burlington area schools this year. Nearly 4,000 students and roughly 300 teachers welcomed the school year Wednesday.

Dist. 300 board gives conditional approval to charter school contract

Aug 23 2016 | 10:49 pm - Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove will be allowed to remain open until Aug. 31, 2020.

New law would allow U-46’s CEO to become superintendent

Aug 24 2016 | 4:24 pm - A new state law could allow Elgin Area School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders to also serve as the superintendent of the state’s second-largest school district.

Full-day kindergarten programs keep growing in suburbs

Aug 24 2016 | 2:15 pm - It’s still not state-mandated, but full-day kindergarten is becoming the norm in the suburbs.

Big R retailer won’t be coming to Lake in the Hills

Aug 23 2016 | 8:56 am - Midwestern retailer Big R won’t be taking over the defunct Dominick’s property in Lake in the Hills after all.

U-46 making kindergarten more fun, less stressful

Aug 22 2016 | 4:44 pm - Blocks, jigsaw puzzles, a kitchenette, a cash register and toys fill kindergarten classrooms in Elgin School District U-46 — part of a new play-based learning model incorporated into a new full-day kindergarten program.

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