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.

Ways to Connect

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.

Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois

  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.

Richard Heim/U.S. Drought Monitor

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.

Peoria Public Radio Will Merge Or...

Aug 15, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

 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.

Kristin McHugh

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.

Update: Peoria Roll-Over Accident is Fatal

Aug 13, 2018

An East Peoria man was killed in a roll-over accident in Peoria Sunday night.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Main Street in Peoria is fully open between Farmington Road and Maplewood.

A water main break last week meant a large portion of the road needed to be removed. Illinois American Water crews replaced about 10 feet of water main. That work was completed soon after the water main break.


But the restoration work took a little longer. The road restoration was completed and it was reopened Tuesday.





Bradley University is among the nation’s best undergraduate schools. That’s according to the The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition from the Princeton Review.

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A mosquito pool in Peoria County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Peoria City/County Health Department says says this means West Nile Virus is actively circulating in the region.

Kristin McHugh

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria is celebrating record enrollment. Officials say 244 students attend the medical college, the largest in the school’s history. The newest class-those expected to graduate in 2022-is a record 67. All students in the new class are from Illinois.

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OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center is earning accolades for its heart attack patient treatment program. The American College of Cardiology has given the medical center its ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.


Peoria International Airport has received a $1.5 million dollar grant to rehabilitate the terminal’s apron pavement.

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Streets in portions of downtown Peoria will close Saturday afternoon as the St. Jude Runners return from Memphis.


A Peoria flight bound for North Carolina landed safely Tuesday after a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

UnityPoint Health Reports Data Breach

Jul 31, 2018
Kristin McHugh

UnityPoint Health says a computer breach might have exposed the personal information of more than a million patients.

Caterpillar, Inc.

Deerfield, IL - Caterpillar's second-quarter easily beat Wall Street expectations thanks in part to the blistering pace of construction and demand for big machines.

OSF Gets Boost from New Tax Credit Bill

Jul 26, 2018
Cody Schindler

Historic Tax Credits will benefit OSF Healthcare’s renovation of the former Chase Bank Building. The tax credits are part of a new revitalization program signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in a downtown Peoria ceremony Thursday.

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Unemployment inched lower in greater Peoria last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the metropolitan area’s June unemployment rate fell to five-percent. That’s slightly better than the 5.2% figure recorded a year ago.

Office of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Pekin’s post office will be renamed in honor of a Marine who died in Afghanistan. The Broadway Street facility will be known as the “Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office.”

Kristin McHugh

Peoria Public Schools is honoring the city’s first, black female physician. Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School is the new name of the district’s facility along West Forrest Hills Avenue.