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.