Michelle O'Neill

WVIK News Editor

WVIK News Editor, Michelle O'Neill, is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years' experience. She serves as assignment editor, anchor, writer, reporter, producer, copy editor, photographer, and videographer (a.k.a., multimedia journalist). 

In 2015, Michelle won top honors for her radio reporting in two states. In the Illinois AP Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards, judges named her 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, Michelle won first place 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 awarded her first place for Illinois Victims' Rights Proposal in the Hard News Feature category for Downstate Radio. In 2013, she won first place for "Immigrants and Driving" in the Best Series category. A fender-bender gave her the idea after a van, driven by a man who didn't speak English, side-swiped her car on Christmas Eve. In the same contest a year earlier, Michelle picked up first place in Best Investigative Report for "Cameras and Mics in Iowa Courts."

When she's not working, Michelle reads, walks her dog, crochets, kayaks, plays drums, and sings backup at church. 

Kensington, baying beagle bunny killer

Since adopting Kensy, she's learned all about how to deal with a hound who counter-surfs and devours whatever happens to be there (e.g., a box of high fiber cereal, a large chunk of fudge, and a few Beano tablets). The resolution of one of these extra meals involved hydrogen peroxide, a baster, and heavy gloves. 

Lately I've been fascinated with widgets. So here's a flood widget for the Mississippi River.

Here's the text of her speech, supplied by her press office.

Mr. Speaker,

I worked in health care for nearly a decade – and I’ve seen up close how health care impacts the people I'm fortunate to serve. That’s why I began a short video series we call “Hear from the Heartland.”

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

It's a very big shake-up in the history of newspaper publishing in the Quad Cities. Lee Enterprises, owner of the Quad City Times, announced Monday morning it's buying the Dispatch and Argus.

submitted / Clinton Lumberkings

The Seattle Mariners have fired Pat Shine, General Manager of the Clinton Lumberkings. The news comes in the middle of the season, and right before Tuesday night's All Star game.

Lumberkings spokesman, Erik Oas, says 1969 was the last time a manager was fired before the end of a season. The Mariners did not give a reason for Shine's dismissal. And it surprised both players and staff. Oas says Shine plans to meet with them one last time to say thanks and goodbye.

submitted / Viola Home Telephone Company, Jay Barton

One rural village in Illinois isn't waiting for a big company to improve phone, television, and internet services. The Viola Home Telephone Company will begin a project to bring the speed and bandwidth of fiber optic cable to its customers.

submitted / Iowa DNR, Andy Robbins

Snakes, turtles, toads, and frogs in Louisa County may not notice, but the Iowa DNR is their new landlord. This month, the Natural Resources Commission decided to buy 135 acres two miles north of Columbus Junction.

Andy Robbins is a Wildlife Management Biologist at Lake Odessa. He says the bottomland is adjacent to the Cedar River. It will become part of the only Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Area in the US. Known as the ARCA, it runs from Cedar to Lee counties.

Bill Gaither / Carl Sandburg College

Thanks to a federal grant, high school students in Knox County will get help preparing for college. TRIO Upward Bound, a program at Carl Sandburg College, will receive $1.3 million over the next five years.

Jess Mumma, posted in Mississippi River Photos Facebook group / http://bit.ly/2rfjOBW

IT employees at the Corps of Engineers had to find a work-around to fix a problem with the Government Bridge camera. It took longer than usual because the cause was not ice, lightning, or an angry bird.

submitted / USGS

The government usually doesn't like people to pour chemicals into the Mississippi River. But Tuesday, scientists from the US Geological Survey will use a harmless red dye to find out how water flows through the recreational lock near Pleasant Valley. 

http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil/MVRCams/RiverCam.cfm / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

Perhaps a collective sigh of relief could be heard in cars and trucks in the Quad Cities late this morning. That's when the Corps of Engineers on Arsenal Island announced the Government Bridge camera is up and running again.

A crew is working to fix part of a road that buckled due to the heat. Employees from the Rock Island County Highway Department are repairing the broken pavement in the west-bound lane of the Milan Beltway, just east of US 67 near Camden Park.