Kristin McHugh

News Reporter

Kristin McHugh is an experienced radio journalist and nonprofit manager.  Most recently, she served as executive director of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.

For a decade, McHugh was a program officer and senior radio producer for the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine, Iowa.  She has reported from Cambodia, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Uganda, and United Arab Emirates.

McHugh served as a producer and co-host of the nationally syndicated public radio program “Common Ground” from 1999 until its end in 2004.  She served as a correspondent for the award-winning radio documentary "The Russia Project"​ (2001), project manager and correspondent for the 2003 award-winning radio documentary "Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving,"​ coproduced and reported for the award-winning radio specials "UNder Fire: The United Nations'​ Battle for Relevance"​ (2004); “Security Check: Confronting Today's Global Threats"​ (2005); “24/7: The Rise and Influence of Arab Media” (2006); and “Beyond Fear: America’s Role in an Uncertain World” (2007).  She coproduced and reported for the radio projects “Brazil Rising” (2008) and "India Rising"​ (2009).

McHugh has earned dozens of awards for news coverage. Her 2002 story "Kosovo's Pied Piper: The Liz Shropshire Story" won the RFK Journalism Award. Her work has also received honors from the UN Correspondents Association, Association of Women in Radio and Television, the Society for Professional Journalists, and three consecutive honors from the National Press Club for diplomatic reporting. McHugh is a former president of the Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

McHugh holds a B.A. in communications/broadcast journalism from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).  She lives in Greater Peoria with her husband and pet bunny.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, quilting, and decorating Christmas trees for charity fundraisers in Peoria and Des Moines, Iowa.

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A Creve Coeur police officer shot a charging dog Wednesday morning.

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A Creve Coeur man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing his brother. 32-year-old Tony Spears was charged with aggravated domestic battery following a fight early Wednesday morning.


The Peoria County Board has filled its District 10 vacancy. Greg Johnston was appointed last week to fill the seat Stephen Morris resigned in July. Johnston is president of Johnston Investment Counsel. He will serve on the Budget Subcommittee and Health Committee until a new District 10 board member is elected.  Republican Matt Shane and Democrat Robert Reneau are vying for the seat in the November general election.

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Peoria police have made an arrest in connection with a Labor Day Weekend shooting. 22-year old Jamal J. Younger was arrested Monday afternoon for First Degree Murder in the death of Jordan Allison.

Peoria Public Schools

Peoria Public Schools is implementing its heat schedule Tuesday through Thursday.

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Figure skaters from eight states will take to the ice in Peoria next month. The Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championship is set for October 3-7 at the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena.

Illinois Valley Central School District

The Illinois Valley Central school district is joining a statewide college and career preparation pilot program. The Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements program emphasizes career development through community and employer partnerships.

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A Peoria Heights man found in a detached garage Sunday night died after suffering multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the death of 62-year-old William K. Edwards is being investigated as a homicide. Edwards was pronounced dead early Monday morning.

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria will expand its stroke treatment research as part of a new federal grant. The college has been awarded $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health.

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Tazewell County is the latest to report West Nile virus. The county health department says mosquitoes collected in East Peoria tested positive in August.

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The Peoria Fire Department and the Peoria County Coroner are offering words of community awareness and support in the face of two suspected opioid overdose deaths.

A Peoria resident has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the death of a man during a kidnapping that authorities say stemmed from trying to steal money from recent lottery winnings.

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The Peoria Police Department has narrowed the list of people suspected in the disappearance of Alexis Scott. The 20-year-old Peoria woman went missing after attending a party on September 23, 2017.

A LaSalle County resident has died after contracting West Nile virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the case is the state’s first West Nile-related death of 2018. The victim, who was more than 65-years-old, became ill in early August.

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48-year-old Eric Hollis was arrest Wednesday evening after he surrendered to Peoria Police. Police remained at bay for about three hours before his arrest.

A former Peoria police officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment.

Peoria City/County Health Department

A record number of sexually transmitted disease cases are being reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 2.3 million chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases were diagnosed in 2017.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations are challenging Peoria’s panhandling ordinance.

A Thursday motorcycle accident near Smithville has claimed the life of an East Peoria man.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for a workforce reduction. Layoff notices were issued this month to 11 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union or AFSME.

PEORIA - The Peoria Riverfront Museum wants to make sure that a historic mural stays in Peoria as the auction of the Marriott Pere Marquette and neighboring Courtyard by Marriott approaches next month.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A Tennessee judge has ordered the former Morton man suspected in a deadly Waffle House shooting be placed in a mental health facility.

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  A new grant will help Peoria’s new Ronald McDonald house break ground next month. The Peoria project was awarded a $3.3 million grant from AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company.


Kelly Thompson is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. She says the grant will go toward the Peoria Ronald McDonald House’s $7-million construction cost. The charity still needs another $1.5 million to complete the project, but a September groundbreaking is expected.


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  If you want to see a bridge demolition head to Spring Valley Wednesday morning. The Illinois Department of Transportation will implode the remaining three trusses of old Illinois 89.


Weather permitting, river and pedestrian traffic will close at 7:30 a.m. Vehicular traffic on the new Illinois 89 bridge closes at 8:00 a.m. Nearby properties will be temporarily evacuated including the Spring Valley Boat Club, Barto Landing, ADM and Cargill.


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CARBONDALE - The Carbondale City Council is considering allowing "natural" burials that involve biodegradable materials and no chemicals. The council is discussing altering its code to allow the process at Oakland Cemetery.

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Portions of central and western Illinois remain dry as drought conditions persist across the Midwest. The U.S. Drought Monitor says Kentucky is the only Midwest state with normal soil conditions.

Bradley University’s iconic Lydia Moss Bradley statue is back on display. Hundreds were on hand as officials unveiled the repaired likeness of the school’s founder Thursday.

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Aug 15, 2018
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 The future of Peoria Public Radio is changing. The station must move before its home in Bradley University’s Jobst Hall is demolished next year.

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The Peoria Area Food Bank is on the move. It hosted its first-ever mobile food bank Monday in front of the former Madison Park Plaza Kroger store.


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A Peoria woman died Monday night following an accident on Interstate 74 near Carlock. Family members confirm 72-year-old Marcia Gaffney was killed just after 6:10 p.m.