Denise Molina-Weiger

Morning Edition Host & News Producer

Denise Molina-Weiger is the Morning Edition Host and a reporter for Peoria Public Radio. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Radio Broadcasting. In that time, she began to hone her anchoring and reporting skills at Tri-States Public Radio in Macomb, Illinois and did various internships for other commercial and public radio stations. She next moved on to receive her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  There, she was able to cover the Illinois legislature for Illinois Radio Network. Her first job out of grad school was as a news reporter and anchor for 1470 WMBD. She then moved to WCBU in March 2005.


Peoria Public Radio News
6:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Exercise scheduled near PIA

Anyone driving near the General Wayne Downing Peoria International Airport Saturday morning may notice a number of emergency responders flooding the area.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:26 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Replacing Taft Homes a top PHA priority for 2014

The Peoria Housing Authority is hoping for some help in building new variety of housing to replace Taft Homes. It's the highest priority of the agency's 2014 goals. 

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Storm Recovery
11:58 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Washington Tornado Information and How to Donate

The work goes on to help Washington recover from the complete devistation left after the Sunday, November 17, 2013 tornado.
Tanya Koonce Peoria Public Radio


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Peoria Public Radio News
7:18 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington update and East Peoria tornado damage assessment complete

Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Weather condition may slow progress on the recovery efforts in Washington. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano has an update on the latest recovery and cleanup efforts following Sunday's tornado: 

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Storm Recovery
5:55 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Updated Storm Relief Information

Credit State Farm


Storm Relief Information  

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:48 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Tornadoes Level Homes Across Tri-County Area

Tornado aftermath in Trails Edge subdivision, Washington.
Alex Rusciano

Heavy storms and at least one tornado ripped through Central Illinois Sunday morning. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the storms devastated parts of Washington.


 Hundreds of people picked through the rubble of what remained of their homes in the town of about 15-thousand.  The tornado destroyed entire blocks of homes.  Resident Susan Newton lives next door to the Trails Edge neighborhood that was heavily damaged.  She says the tornado demolished most of her street while she was at church


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Peoria Public Radio News
4:58 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

New Don't Shoot indictments

Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

12 alleged members of Peoria’s ‘Zone 4’ gang have been indicted in federal court. It’s the second round-up of the anti-violence program called Don’t Shoot. 

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4:22 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Peoria health fair to stress fitness, finance and health care

METEC is offering a Health and Wellness Fair Saturday in Peoria.  The non-profit group is partnering with housing officials, fitness experts and insurance companies to offer the event from 9 to 2 at the METEC Resource Center.  Doretha Jamison is with METEC.  She says the goal of the fair is to make residents aware of ways to boost their quality of life:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:14 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Topinka kicks off re-election campaign in Peoria

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka stopped through Peoria as part of the kick-off of her re-election campaign. Topinka was flanked by area Republican lawmakers during her so-called, “Common Sense Express” Tour. 

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2:32 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Peoria Zoo tiger dies of fungal infection

Last week’s death of a female tiger at the Peoria Zoo was caused by a fungal infection. That’s according to necropsy results that were finalized this week. 

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