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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Peoria Police Department

Authorities continue to search for one of two suspects accused of stealing scores of guns in central Illinois. A criminal complaint against 19-year-old Miray Smith was unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Peoria.

Peoria Public Radio/Tanya Koonce

The downward trend for Illinois home sales continued last month despite an uptick in median prices. The Illinois Realtors organization reports family home and condominium sales statewide were down 5.6% in April when compared with last year.

Illinois Community College

Illinois Central College is a promising place to work. That’s according to the National Institute for Staff Organizational Development and the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.


NEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria

The Archdiocese of New York has filed a new court motion in the ongoing battle over the remains of former Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Bradley University


The Composite Index of Business and Economic Indicators shows greater Peoria’s economy remains stable despite mixed conditions. The report assigns the Peoria-Pekin Metropolitan Statistical Area a first quarter 2019 Index value of 102.8. A value over 100 is deemed favorable.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Peoria’s riverfront area is slowly returning to normal nearly two weeks after being inundated with flood waters. The city of Peoria says the 300 block of SW Water Street is now open to all traffic. The Liberty parking lot is also open, but it can only be accessed from Harrison Street.

Eureka College

A Louisiana high school senior will begin classes at Eureka College later this year. This may not seem extraordinary, except Antoinette Love earned at least 115 other college acceptances and nearly $4-million in total scholarships as part of personal quest that went viral on social media.

The Peoria RiverFront Market kicks off its 2019 season Saturday in a temporary location due to flooding. Organizers say the market will open at 8:00 a.m. in the Caterpillar parking lot at the corner of SW Water and Hamilton streets. It will remain in this temporary location on May 25.


A walk Friday evening will remember Peorians who have died from gun violence.

Wife of Cubs' Ben Zobrist Files for Divorce

May 15, 2019
Associated Press

CHICAGO - Julianna Zobrist, the wife of Chicago Cubs World Series MVP Ben Zobrist, has filed for divorce.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Sandbag cleanup is underway along Peoria’s riverfront. Public works crews began removal Wednesday in the 300 block of SW Water Street.

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Police say a 4-year-old boy was killed in a South Peoria double shooting Monday evening. Jeremiah L. Ward and an unidentified 23-year-old male were found as officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 2800 block of West Ann Street around 5:45 p.m.

Caterpillar, Inc.

Caterpillar, Inc. will supply autonomous trucks and technology for a new Australian iron ore operation. Mining giant Rio Tinto announced the deal last week.

Creve Coeur Police Department

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Creve Coeur man.

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Health officials across the state are concerned flooding rivers and streams have contaminated private water wells.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

The Illinois River is holding steady in Peoria, nearly 10 feet above flood stage.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

The Illinois River is closed to recreational traffic between Lacon and the Mississippi River due to flooding.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Monday morning update: The Illinois River depth was 27.9 feet in Peoria Monday morning. Flood stage is 18 feet. The river is expected to fall slightly to 27.8 feet in Peoria by Tuesday morning. WCBU’s Kristin McHugh walked along Peoria’s Water Street Sunday afternoon to document the flood in photos.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Work to protect the Peoria’s River Station from flood waters is nearly complete. Assistant Public Works Director Sie Maroon expects completion of the remaining sandbag walls Friday.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are among 34 included in a disaster proclamation issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The governor issued the declaration today in response to rapidly rising water and record crests on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.


Construction of a new fire and rescue house for the Peoria Air National Guard is moving forward.

CAT Boosts Dividend

May 2, 2019

Caterpillar is boosting its quarterly dividend 20%.

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Flash flooding is a concern as more heavy rain moves across central Illinois. A flash flood watch remains in effect through this evening for the entire Peoria Public Radio listening area.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Sandbagging begins Thursday on the Peoria riverfront as the Illinois River pushes past flood stage.

A Tazewell County Sheriff’s deputy escaped injury after his patrol vehicle was swept up in flash flooding early Wednesday.

Peoria Public Radio/Tanya Koonce

Rivers are rising across the Midwest after multiple days of heavy rainfall.

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Flooding is possible as showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain continue across central Illinois Tuesday.

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 No injuries were reported after a United Airlines Express flight made an emergency landing in Bloomington Sunday night.

Keep Peoria Beautiful

Neighborhood associations and organizations throughout Peoria are celebrating the Great American Cleanup Saturday.