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.

A closeup of Mr. Thanksgiving who wears a white baseball hat and plaid shirt
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Mr. Thanksgiving is "showing the ropes" to his protege, while getting ready to serve turkey to thousands of people. Bob Vogelbaugh says third grader, Isaac Rumler, plans to become Mr. Thanksgiving Junior in four years.

Vogelbaugh says two weeks ago, Rumler's parents got a surprise when he unexpectedly told reporters about their son's plans. But the Moline man and former school board member has talked with the Rumlers since then, and they're okay with it.

Despite rain, sleet, and wind, union workers and Rock Island County officials celebrated the "topping off" of the annex to the Criminal Justice Center. This morning, a crane lifted the final piece of steel onto the building. Then two members of Local #111 of the Iron Workers union secured it.

https://www.facebook.com/PotosiBrewingCo/ / Potosi Brewing Company

"Never giving up" and collaboration are two critical keys to job creation and growth. Those themes and others were presented Friday during the fourth annual economic summit hosted by East Moline Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos.

IL DOT Regional Engineer, Ali Mansour, celebrates the new bridge opening with IL State Rep. Tony McCombie (from Savanna).
Jennifer von Kaenel

The new Savanna Sabula Bridge over the Mississippi River officially opens tonight. This afternoon, the Illinois and Iowa departments of transportation held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the $80 million bridge. 

Herb Trix / WVIK News

Moline may open the new bridge to Sylvan Island before Christmas.

Tori Charnezki / WVIK News

Drivers can look forward to regular traffic patterns along John Deere Road. This morning, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Moline announced crews will return traffic to normal patterns Thursday night.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Mr. Thanksgiving is preparing to serve his 47th annual turkey dinner at South Park Mall in Moline.

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Fundraising is underway for Bikes for Brains. Organizers need about $9,500 to pay for bicycles and helmets for 125 children.

Mike Poletto / WVIK News

It was a packed house Monday at the Moline police station, as Mayor Stephanie Acri hosted a public meeting about construction of the new, I-74 bridge. 

Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub and Quad Cities Chamber

Representatives from local companies, colleges, and other organizations will learn about new technology, and how to take advantage of it. Tomorrow on Arsenal Island, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub will host a Defense and Manufacturing Industry Workshop.