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). 

In the news today:

  • A tax fight between Friendship Manor and Rock Island County may be over, thanks to a new law.
  • Illinois lawmakers fail to pass a "grand scheme" of gambling laws, but might pass a budget on time.
  • And Rev. Melvin Grimes is now officially head of Churches United.

The weather forecast includes a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms today with a high in the lower 80s.

http://iowa-scv.org/news-and-events.html / Iowa Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans

Confederate soldiers buried on Arsenal Island will be honored on Memorial Day. Every year after the National Cemetery ceremony, the Sons of Confederate Veterans hold a service at the smaller Confederate cemetery located just down the road.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A new, bronze statue to honor soldiers killed in the Civil War is complete. But it'll take more time and money to put the soldier back on display. Wednesday afternoon, Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos unveiled the re-creation of the marble statue of a Civil War soldier which used to stand atop a 35-foot pedestal in front of the courthouse.

submitted / Army Sustainment Command

This week in Moline, hundreds of small businesses are learning how to win and keep contracts with the government. Wednesday and Thursday at the TaxSlayer Center, the Army and the Iowa-Illinois Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association are hosting the Midwest Government Contracting Symposium.

submitted / Monmouth College

Athletes from Augustana and Monmouth colleges in Illinois will compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meets will be held today and Friday in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Tournament Director Clair Peterson (left) and volunteer coordinator Pat Shouse announce this year's fundraising total for Birdies for Charity at Deere and Company Headquarters.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK News

The John Deere Classic is asking people and organizations to raise more money for 500 charities. On Media Day, the golf tournament announced it will hold "Giving Week" next month, to raise at least $1 million for the Birdies for Charity Bonus Fund.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Sports reporters and golf fans were treated to breakfast and a bit of a "show" at TPC Deere Run. At this morning's John Deere Classic Media Day, defending champion Bryson DeChambeau discussed his scientific approach to playing golf.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

John Deere equipment sold well over the last three months. This morning, the company reported second quarter earnings rose to $1.2 billion or $3.67 per share, compared to $2.50 in the same quarter a year ago.

postcard photograph of the Rock Island County courthouse before its six domes were removed.
http://www.umvphotoarchive.org/digital/collection/ripublic/id/437/rec/7 / Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive

The Rock Island and Moline preservation societies plan to discuss their options in trying to save the Rock Island County courthouse. Tuesday night, the county board announced plans to vote in July on the possible demolition.

file / WVIK News

Dueling attorneys appear to have taken over the discussion of how to pay for the possible demolition of the Rock Island County courthouse. Tonight, the county board may vote on an agreement with the Public Building Commission.