Michelle O'Neill

WVIK News Editor

Officially, my title is WVIK News Editor which really just means I wear many hats, doing everything there is to do in the newsroom and around the radio station. I'm a multimedia journalist and serve as Assignment Editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, announcer, and news anchor/host. I also take photos, shoot videos, and write and produce content for WVIK.org and social media.

In the 2016 Illinois AP Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards (small market radio division), I brought home 2nd place in the Best Series or Documentary category for several stories I reported about The Connection between Oral Care and Health Care. In addition, WVIK News placed second in Best Digital Presence in the 2016 Illinois AP contest.

I also helped the WVIK Newsroom win First Place awards for Overall Excellence, and Farm and Agribusiness in the 2016 Iowa Broadcast News Association contest, (large market radio division). 

Whenever I find a widget that might be useful to our listeners, I like to try it out here. So, for the 2018 governor's race, here's "The Money Game" widget from ProPublica Illinois.

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When not working, I read, walk the dog, crochet, play drums and sing backup at church, plus go to lots of my nephew's baseball games.

 

Kensington, baying beagle bunny killer

Since adopting Kensy, I've learned all about how to deal with a hound who counter-surfs and devours whatever happens to be there. She is now 16 years old and doing well, sleeping a lot and keeping me on a strict treat and meal schedule (hers, not mine). 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The inaugural Rock River Trail Ride ended Thursday afternoon at the confluence with the Mississippi in the Quad Cities. On the final day of their trip, Dan Libman, who teaches English at Northern Illinois University, and Carl Nelson, a WNIJ producer rode their bicycles from Prophetstown to the Hennepin Canal in Milan. 

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Davenport's mayor and police chief will host a couple of meetings to talk about young people and violence.

Courtesy of the Iowa DOT

Starting Friday, people who live and work in Bettendorf will have increased access to traveling over, and under, the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge.

The virtual reality program has been available at the Moline library since February. But now it's crossed the river and will re-open at the library in Bettendorf.

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Congress is working on a new, Water Resources Development Act, and deciding which projects to pay for. That includes fixing locks and dams. A group that represents navigators, shippers, farmers, and others is pleased with the proposed funding and policies in the act, which has passed the House.

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A local bee keeper has started working with an apprentice, thanks to a new state program. Last summer, an employee of Iowa WORKS in Davenport approached Phil Crandall, President of Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, as he was selling honey at the Freight House farmers market.

The employee, Martha Garcia-Tappa, asked if he'd be interested in starting a "Master Bee Keeper Registered Apprenticeship Program."

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First Army is inviting everyone to Arsenal Island to help celebrate its centennial. On Friday, the unit will show a movie outside on a big screen at Memorial Field.

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John Deere is taking two companies to court, saying they are using patented inventions in their products.

Michelle O'Neill reports there 's some history among the companies involved.


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Augustana College has filed a lawsuit against the City of Rock Island. About a year ago, a large drainage pipe under the slough broke, flooding several buildings on campus.

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Friendship Manor officials hope they have resolved a property tax dispute with Rock Island County.

This week, the Illinois General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill that clarifies who's eligible to receive the general homestead exemption, including some residents of the senior living center in Rock Island.

formal portrait of Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson, a republican
http://fxgallery.com/il-senators-and-representatives-2016.html / Illinois Senate

State Senator Neil Anderson used the word "compromise" to describe how Illinois lawmakers came up with a balanced budget. If that's not surprising enough, the General Assembly ended the session on time.

On Wednesday, his chamber approved a budget plan that'll be effective on July 1st, if the House and governor approve it, too.

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