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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OSF HealthCare Foundation

A $1 million donation to the OSF HealthCare Foundation will support neuroscience innovation.

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Caterpillar shareholders will receive their next quarterly dividend in November.

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A single vehicle accident has claimed the life of a Peoria businessman.

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The Peoria office of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center’s work to assist small business growth is being rewarded with a grant.

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Peoria District 150 is asking the community to hold the sophomore Richwoods High School football player injured Monday in thoughts and prayers.

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Greater Peoria’s unemployment rate has dropped below five percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s most recent report shows the metropolitan area’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is urging residents to take extra precautions after a rabid bat was found in Chillicothe last month.

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A man shot on Peoria’s south side in January has died. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says 73-year-old David Babcock died early Thursday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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An East Peoria man has died following a home invasion earlier this month.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner touched on a number of topics including gambling expansion and term limits during a campaign stop in Peoria Thursday.

Eureka Lake Purposely Poisoned

Sep 25, 2018
City of Eureka, Illinois

EUREKA - State wildlife crews have poisoned Eureka Lake as part of a plan to kill off the carp that have overrun it and restock it with game fish.

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Shopping locally everyday improves our daily lives. That’s the message of the new Shop Local 365 initiative launched Tuesday in Peoria.

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The United States gained 655 new citizens Tuesday during a naturalization ceremony at Bradley University. Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid and other dignitaries presided over the swearing-in for the immigrants from 77 countries.

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A Peoria woman is dead following a two-vehicle collision near Edelstein.

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A Peoria man is in custody in connection with the weekend death of Thomas Whitby. 39-year-old Daniel Jablonski was arrested for First Degree Murder Saturday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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