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 now a multimedia journalist, too, since along with serving as assignment editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, and anchor, 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 last year's Illinois AP contest.

I also helped the WVIK Newsroom win First Place for Overall Excellence and First Place for 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.

 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). 

Just for fun, here's a flood widget for the Mississippi River I learned about while working on a couple of features.

https://goo.gl/rZvKWp / Rock Island Preservation Society

Government Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic on Monday from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm. The garrison on Arsenal Island says a public works crew will remove deck plates to inspect and measure the working parts of the 121-year-old bridge. The goal is to be better prepared for emergencies.

submitted / Kiwanis Club of Moline

"It's all about the youth." That's what motivates the Kiwanis Club of Moline to raise money all year to help children and teens. Last week, it gave $5,400 in grants to 15 organizations.

https://goo.gl/nYfEAP / Davenport Police Association Facebook Photos

Davenport police will spend the weekend making Christmas a little brighter for children affected by domestic violence.

file / Davenport Police Dept.

A man and a teenage boy accused of killing a girl in Davenport have taken plea deals. On June 26th, 2016, police say 15-year-old Ayana Culbreath was killed when shots were fired during a backyard party. Davenport police arrested two suspects a couple of weeks later.

https://www.wirtgen-group.com/en/news-media/information-material/ / Wirtgen Group

Now that agencies from more than 20 countries have approved it, Deere & Company has closed its biggest deal.

This morning, Deere announced it officially owns the Wirtgen Group, a German company that makes road construction equipment.

Michelle O'Neill reports.

Deere spokesman, Ken Golden, says the company bought Wirtgen for $5.2 billion to expand and strengthen its Construction and Forestry division.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People have been spending more more money at local hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and attractions.

submitted / Ashford University

Clinton County supervisors are considering a deal that would rebate property taxes to the new owners of Ashford University's former campus. 

submitted / Quad City International Airport

The Quad City International Airport is asking businesses to promote flying rather than driving to other airports.

Michelle O'Neill reports the goal is to increase passenger traffic and help the local airport thrive.

Over the last six years, traffic at the Quad City Airport has dropped more than ten percent. Part of the problem is many people drive to Chicago before they take off. So, Marketing Representative, Cathie Rochau, says the airport decided to create the "Fly Local Alliance." It got input from the Chamber of Commerce Air Service Committee before rolling it out.

submitted / Quad City International Airport

Even without a federal holiday, the Quad City Airport attracted nearly the same number of passengers last month as in October 2016. Traffic dropped only 1% in October with 31,900 people departing from the local airport. But for the year so far, passenger traffic is down nine percent.

https://www.aem.org/AEM/media/docs/Statistics/17-10-USAG.pdf / AEM

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers recently released figures for US tractor and combine sales for last month. Deere posted its October 2017 presentation today. Both reports show increases in retail sales for agricultural equipment. 

Deere Retail-Sales Oct17 by Michelle O'Neill on Scribd