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.



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

Davenport is getting ready to host RAGBRAI this summer, and once again, the ride will end at the Marquette Street boat ramp. Today, organizers also unveiled the route riders will take through the city, plus a new logo, website, and theme, "Davenport, Made It Here."

https://goo.gl/NMdLpa / Illinois House GOP YouTube channel

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers after a deadly attack on a child welfare caseworker last fall. Pamela Knight, a Department of Children and Family Services employee, was attacked by a father when she tried to take protective custody of a child in Milledgeville. The 59-year-old died from her injuries in February.

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A US senator and congresswoman from Illinois are pushing the Army to bring the Rock Island Arsenal into the 21st century.

Michelle O'Neill reports this morning, Dick Durbin and Cheri Bustos joined General Gus Perna, Commander of the Army Materiel Command, and Under Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, to take a tour of Arsenal Island.

https://www.facebook.com/thebendqc/ / The Bend Facebook page

Developers of The Bend in East Moline now have the financial backing needed to continue the riverfront project. At a special meeting last night, the city council approved a $10.2 million line of credit for the development.

https://goo.gl/VxWHMr / CreditDebitPro.com

Small companies in the Quad Cities will learn how to do business with the government this week.

On Thursday, the Iowa Illinois chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association will host a lunch seminar on Arsenal Island.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

If people give as much as last year, total Birdies for Charity donations over 48 years will exceed $100 million. This morning, the John Deere Classic kicked off the fundraiser at Deere and Company headquarters in Moline. Last year, donations totaled $12.3 million.

http://i74riverbridge.com/traffic/webcams.aspx / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge website

When real spring weather finally arrives in the Quad Cities, it should make hundreds of construction workers happy.

Michelle O'Neill gives us an update on the I-74 bridge project.

https://goo.gl/FFwcw2 / Google Maps

Iowa US Representative Dave Loebsack visited the Thomson prison today as he tries to maintain its funding. It's been about three years since the congressman from Iowa City visited the federal prison north of the Quad Cities. Even though it could hold a lot more prisoners, it's current population is 344.

Clinton Lumberkings

The Clinton Lumberkings will start the new season with a new manager, nine returning players, and a few extras for fans.

https://youtu.be/z6JNNr02A0g / City of Bettendorf, Shive Hattery

As workers build the new I-74 bridge, Bettendorf is working on several improvements downtown.