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). 

In 2015, I won top honors for radio reporting in two states. In the Illinois AP Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards, judges named me the Best Reporter in the Local News division (e.g., Lack of IL Budget Affects Tourism and Jobs). And in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2015 contest, I placed first in Overall Excellence in Reporting in the Large Market division, along with winning first place in two other categories (QC Campuses Fight Sexual Violence and Water Quality and Farming). 

In the 2014 Illinois AP contest, the judges gave me first place for Illinois Victims' Rights Proposal in the Hard News Feature category for Downstate Radio.

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.



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). 

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?Midwest / US Drought Monitor

It’s been a dry winter for most of the US. That’s raising concerns about a repeat of 2012’s drought, the worst since the Dust Bowl that cost farmers, ranchers, and governments 30 billion dollars. 

Harvest Public Media’s Madelyn Beck reports on the early signs of drought.

Ashford University no longer qualifies to receive G-I Bill benefits for its students. Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin says an agency in California has denied the company's application to remain eligible for funding. The for-profit school is based in California.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Two local real estate developers plan to buy an iconic building in Moline. About two years ago, the Masonic group that owns the Scottish Rite Cathedral put it up for sale. Located on 7th Avenue near I-74, it features an auditorium, reception hall, commercial kitchen, and smaller venues. 

https://goo.gl/vjdBWD / U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Students at Augustana College in Rock Island are asking administrators for answers about sexual assault policies. In early January, a student reported she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus house.

Michelle O'Neill reports the student shared her story with local news media, and some students say they're not satisfied with the college's response.

WVIK News Intern, Tori Charnetzki, reported and co-produced this feature. The Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication major  will graduate from Augustana College in the spring. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A first quarter loss was no surprise to Deere and Company. Michelle O'Neill reports, today the company reported it lost $535 million due to federal tax reforms.

https://www.wirtgen-group.com/john-deere/en/ / Wirtgen Group Branch of John Deere GmbH & Co. KG

When Deere and Company releases first quarter earnings tomorrow, it'll be the first time since it bought the Wirtgen Group.

Michelle O'Neill reports.

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Bettendorf aldermen have decided not to increase the property tax rate for next year. That's because enough employees plan to retire early which will help the city save money.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn says the city council held a budget meeting last weekend. Revenue has been coming in lower than forecast.

https://goo.gl/DFKSPx / City of Rock Island

Crime in Rock Island has hit a 26-year low. This week, Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen presented last year's crime statistics to the city council.

https://goo.gl/as5PEv / I-74 River Bridge

People will soon be able to experience traveling over, and under, the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge. A couple of years ago, the Iowa Department of Transportation hired Iowa State University to create a virtual reality program. And it'll open at the Moline Public Library on Friday.

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Pelicans living on Mississippi River islands are in danger of losing their habitat to erosion. But officials who take care of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have applied for federal funds to help restore five islands where thousands of pelicans live.