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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U-46 recognizes community volunteers

May 27 2016 | 1:09 pm - Elgin Area School District U-46 recently recognized many community volunteers who gave their time and talent during the 2015-16 school year to support students.

Tickets on sale for Judson’s leaders forum with Mary Lou Retton

May 31 2016 | 3:58 pm - Tickets are on sale for Judson University’s World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series featuring Olympic gold medalist gymnast Mary Lou Retton Oct. 10.

District 300 to seek parents’ input on school schedule changes

May 31 2016 | 2:41 pm - Community Unit District 300 parents will get an opportunity to weigh in on two preferred options for changing school schedules districtwide this fall.

South Elgin cricket club piques interest in sport

May 31 2016 | 12:18 am - A cricket club at South Elgin High School started this year by South Asian students is the first of its kind in Elgin Area School District U-46.

ECC faculty union says surgical program might be cut

May 27 2016 | 3:50 pm - The union representing Elgin Community College faculty members is concerned the college might discontinue a 26-year-old surgical technology program.

Lake in the Hills board OKs incentive package for future Big R store

May 27 2016 | 4:24 pm - Big R is a step closer to opening in Lake in the Hills. The village board authorized a sales tax incentive package paving the way for the chain to take over the vacant Dominick’s property at Algonquin and Randall roads.

U-46 teacher retires after nearly 50 years with district

May 25 2016 | 4:23 pm - Walking out the same doors he first entered as a kindergartner, teacher Gordon Whiting bid a final farewell Wednesday to the Elgin school district where he spent nearly 50 years.

Huntley park to debut outdoor fitness area

May 25 2016 | 2:25 pm - Workers are putting finishing touches to an outdoor fitness area that will open in Huntley’s Deicke Park next month.

Accelerate College proposal headed to governor

May 25 2016 | 4:22 pm - A measure to help high school students save money and earn college credit while in high school is headed for the governor’s desk.

Three South Elgin U-46 schools win app contest

May 24 2016 | 3:47 pm - Three South Elgin schools within Elgin Area School District U-46 were honored for generating the most downloads on the district’s free mobile app.

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