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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University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria’s cancer research program has earned a financial boost.

Peoria Public Schools District 150

A former local basketball standout is the new Peoria Public Schools District 150 director of athletics. A.J. Guyton’s appointment was announced Wednesday. He’s responsible for primary and middle school sporting activities.

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Peoria police are investigating the year’s 14th homicide.

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Forecasters warn dangerously hot temperatures and oppressive humidity will persist through the weekend. An excessive heat warning is in effect through Saturday evening.

Illinois State Police

Memorial funds have been established to aid the family of a slain Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy. 

WCBU News/Tanya Koonce

Home sales rebounded last month in greater Peoria.

Peoria Public Radio

A Peoria man is the city’s 12th homicide victim of the year.

Peoria police officers responded to the Harrison Homes about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after receiving a ShotSpotter alert of multiple rounds fired. 

Police found 34-year-old Bronzell Howard with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just before 11:30 p.m. 

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Howard died of traumatic and rapid blood loss caused by the gunshot wounds. He did not believe the shots were fired at close range. 

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An Iowa man will stand trial in Peoria next month for child sex offenses. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Central Illinois says Michael Shell was indicted on multiple charges. They include the sexual explotation of a child, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

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Peoria County voters can expect new voter registration cards in the mail.

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The National Weather Service office in Lincoln confirms two tornadoes touched down in central Illinois Saturday night as storms swept through the region.

A lawyer for a Chinese family attending the trial of an ex-University of Illinois student charged with killing their daughter says he’s explaining to them how the American justice system works.

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State climate experts are now confirming what we already know. It rained A LOT last month. The Illinois State Climatologist Office says May was the third-wettest on record. It was also the sixth-consecutive month with above-average rainfall.

The Peoria Chiefs will play ball on the road this week—in Peoria.

Water covering train tracks
Kristin McHugh / Peoria Public Radio

The Illinois River is slowly falling in Peoria after cresting nearly 9 feet above flood stage Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the Peoria measurement will drop below 26 feet early Wednesday. Flood stage is 18 feet.


An occupant inside a Peoria garage escaped injury early Monday morning when the structure caught fire.

Flooding along a river
Kristin McHugh / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are among 34 included in a second disaster proclamation issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Speakers at a press conference
Kristin McHugh / Peoria Public Radio

Ameren Illinois is issuing a challenge to supporters of Peoria’s Dream Center.

National Weather Service - Lincoln, IL


Moderate flooding continues along northern portions of the Illinois River but crests near where it intersects the Mississippi River could reach historic levels.

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 Area Home Sales Drop in April

May 21, 2019
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.