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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“If in doubt, shout it out!” That’s the message a national safety expert is teaching Illinois law enforcement and educators. Dozens of agencies and schools are participating in an Illinois School and Campus Safety Program at Dunlap High School.

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Reconstruction of the Murray Baker Bridge deck means the heavily traveled Interstate 74 artery will be completely closed in 2020. That’s the proposal outlined by the Illinois Department of Transportation Wednesday.

Central Illinois grocery shoppers will have fewer choices in the coming months. The Fresh Market announced Monday it’s closing 15 stores across the country. This includes stores in Peoria and Normal.

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Pekin-area medical professionals will operate a mobile clinic in Puerto Rico this fall.

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The Peoria Fire Department says arson is the cause of two weekend fires. The first happened early Saturday morning in a vacant home and the second occured Sunday at King Food and Tobacco Mart.

City of East Peoria

East Peoria is making it easier to dispose of unwanted medications. The city has installed a disposal drop box in front of the public safety building at 201 Washington Street.

The city of Peoria will receive nearly $200 thousand in federal funding to support community programs.

Peoria County Sheriff's Office

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in identifying the man whose skull was found a year ago. The skull was recovered along the shore of the Illinois River near Kingston Mines in June 2017.

  Illinois Central College will explore racial disparities in college policies and practices. The institution is the recipient of a grant from the Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity. The $25,000 award allows ICC to hire a local project coordinator and facilitators to direct discussions on equity issues within the education field.

Repairs to Bradley University’s iconic Lydia Moss Bradley statue are expected to take about a month. 

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The Peoria Fire Department is one of the first large-scale Illinois operations to implement a new cardiac rescue device. Officials unveiled the ResQCPR unit Thursday. Peoria Fire Department Chief Ed Olehy says the plunger-like, hand-held unit improves upon traditional chest compressions used for patients in sudden cardiac arrest.

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Navigating portions of Peoria could be much easier in the near future. City officials unveiled a Downtown Wayfinding Plan at an open house Tuesday night. It includes a series of directional signs to navigate from the interstate to various destinations in the downtown, city center, riverfront and warehouse districts.

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The country’s low unemployment rate is challenging companies seeking workers with specific skills. The Labor Department says the nation’s May unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, an 18-year low. The metropolitan Peoria rate is 4.1 percent.

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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti believes telemedicine is the right prescription for rural medical needs. She made the comments following a tour of Peoria’s Jump Innovation Center.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation will invest $11 billion dollars in the state’s road system over the next six years. Governor Bruce Rauner announced the multi-year plan on the Illinois River shore near the McClugage Bridge in Peoria today.

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Drought conditions are not improving across portions of Central and Western Illinois despite recent rainfall. The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to list all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Fulton and McLean counties as “abnormally dry” in its weekly update released Thursday.

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The Central Illinois opioid crisis affects all ages in all zip codes. That’s the message from a gathering of regional police, fire and community members in East Peoria Wednesday night. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood was one of the event’s panelists. He says the number of overdose deaths recorded in his office last year was nearly double that of 2016.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor says portions of Central and Western Illinois remain abnormally dry. The agency’s update includes all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford and McLean counties for the second consecutive week.

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Reconstruction of Peoria’s Allen Road-Willow Knolls Drive intersection is expected to begin next month. City officials unveiled the preferred plan at a public meeting Wednesday night. It involves new signals, reconfiguration of medians, new sidewalks and a bike path. City engineer Bill Lewis says a roundabout was considered for the aging intersection, but a public survey overwhelmingly favored traffic signals.

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Illinois veterans interested in learning more about Veterans Administration care options are encouraged to call the V.A. Illiana Health Care System this afternoon. The V.A. is hosting a special phone-a-thon between 2 p.m and 6 p.m to assist veterans who are not currently receiving care, including those who don’t believe they are eligible because they haven’t served in a combat zone. Interested veterans should call 217-554-3379 this afternoon for expert assessment.

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 The family of one of the Nashville Waffle House shooting victims is suing Travis Reinking’s father. Christian Perez filed suit against Jeffrey Reinking of Morton in Tazewell County Circuit Court Monday.

 

Perez’s brother, Joe R. Perez, Jr., was one of four people shot and killed in the early morning hours of April 22. Tennessee authorities have charged 29-year-old Travis Reinking with the shooting.

 

  Business and economic activity is stable in the Greater Peoria region. That’s according to the quarterly composite index released by Bradley University’s Departments of Economics and Management and Leadership at Foster College of Business.

The analysis shows regional economic growth between January and March was up .4-percent over the same period in 2017.  

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Peoria Police are reminding motorists to plan ahead before driving toward the Metro Center area Saturday morning. The local Race for the Cure begins at 8 a.m., and will cause traffic delays at a number of intersections along University, Northmore, Fairmont, Glen, Oak Glen, and Isabel. In addition, parking is banned at Metro Center and the P.N.C parking lots during the race. Thousands of participants and spectators are expected at the annual event sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Police officials say delays should end around 10:30 a.m..

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Portions of Western and Central Illinois are abnormally dry as planting season continues. The U.S. Drought Monitor added the region to its weekly summary Tuesday. All of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Marshall, Woodford and McLean counties are included in the report.

Jump Simulation Center

Peoria’s Jump Simulation is being honored as one of the best in the world. The health care and engineering center is one of 20 globally to earn accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in five distinction areas.

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Lincoln’s historic rail depot renovation is garnering statewide recognition. The Illinois chapter of the American Public Works Association says the revitalization is its “Project of the Year.” The $4 million project included the complete renovation of the depot building, a new boarding platform and upgraded passenger amenities.

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The Tazewell County Sheriff’s office issued a variety of citations during its distracted driver enforcement program last month. Chief Deputy Jeffrey Lower says 44 tickets were issued during the two-week “drop it and drive” campaign.

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Ameren shareholders are holding the company accountable for coal ash contamination at current and former facilities in Illinois and Missouri.

Peoria Public Schools

Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat says she is “surprised and honored” to be named a 2018 Superintendent of Distinction. The award comes from the Central Illinois Valley Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

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A business associate of a former Peoria hotel owner has been sentenced to a decade in prison in connection with a $179 million loan scheme.

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