A Distinguished Honor – Madhu Krishnamurthy

Distinguished Alumni

Madhu Krishnamurthy, Bachelor of Arts in Newspaper Journalism, 1998

Madhu KrishnamurthyMadhu Krishnamurthy’s passion for journalism began while growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by watching CNN coverage of the Persian Gulf War. That passion brought her to UCO where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism.

During her time at UCO, she interned at The Oklahoman and the Edmond Sun. Following her graduation, Krishnamurthy pursued a full-time job at the Edmond Sun, which she landed thanks to her tenacity according to former editor and longtime friend, Holly Clanahan. She worked at the publication for almost two years before joining the Daily Herald in Chicago.

In her 21st year at the Herald, Krishnamurthy is a diversity editor and an assistant weekend editor. She covers suburban K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, local governments, human interest pieces and political and diversity-related topics.

“She started doing diversity stories and covering minority communities and turned that into a very important part of her career,” Clanahan says. “She’s giving a voice to people who might not otherwise have a voice in mainstream media and that’s so important.”

In 2010, Krishnamurthy’s journalistic expertise qualified her as a finalist for the Peter Lisagor Award for Best Investigative Reporting. At the same time, she was part of a team of reporters who won the 2010 Peter Lisagor Award for Best Deadline Reporting.

“She got a good, solid base here at UCO and she’s taken that and flown,” Clanahan says. “She’s done so well for herself. To me, that’s someone who takes what they can gain from a university and then runs with it.”