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). 

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.

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). 

http://quadcitieschamber.com/playbooks/cybersecurity / Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub

More help is available for manufacturers who want to start using new technology. The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub has created seven "playbooks" to guide companies through the process.

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The Bettendorf City Council may offer early retirement incentives to a group of employees. 

submitted / IMEG Corp.

A couple of local engineering companies are now part of a third. Missman Inc. and McClure Engineering merged with IMEG Corp. last summer.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities will have to tighten its belt. It missed the goal for its Red Kettle Campaign by $175,000.

collage created with submitted photos / EICC

After decades of renting several different classrooms and offices in downtown Davenport, Scott Community College is celebrating the opening of a new, urban campus. This afternoon, it held an open house at the West Classroom Building, on the corner of Third and Main streets.

https://goo.gl/6ijXDE / MidAmerican Energy, posted on the IUB website

Utilities in Iowa agree their customers should reap the benefits of corporate tax cuts. This afternoon, the Iowa Utilities Board held a workshop featuring presentations from several companies, including MidAmerican Energy and Iowa American Water Company. This month, the corporate tax rate dropped from 35% to 21%.

Tom Specketer, VP and CFO of MidAmerican Energy, told the utilities board the company estimates it may save around $99 million on its federal tax bill. And Specketer said the utility already has a way to share the savings with customers.

https://www.midamericanenergy.com/content/images/page-images/bill_front.jpg / MidAmerican Energy website

Customers of MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa American Water Company may get a break on their bills.

During a workshop tomorrow, the Iowa Utilities Board will hear from several companies about the effects of the new federal tax law.

https://goo.gl/Ni5wcg / Toys R Us Facebook header

Starting next month, Toys R Us will close 180 stores, but locations in the Quad Cities are not on the list. Stiff competition from Amazon and Walmart have squeezed Toys R Us, which once dominated toy sales in the US. The retailer filed for bankruptcy in September and is $5 billion in debt.

The company operates a Toys R Us and Babies R Us store on Brady Street in Davenport, plus a Toys R Us near South Park Mall in Moline. In Iowa, stores in Des Moines and Clive are on the closure list. And in Illinois, the company will close eight in the Chicago area.

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The City of Muscatine hopes Iowa lawmakers don't outlaw automatic traffic cameras. 

City spokesman, Kevin Jenison, says the district court upheld an Iowa DOT order for Muscatine to stop ticketing speeders using Automated Traffic Enforcement near U.S. Highway 61 and University Drive. The city is appealing.

submitted / Augustana College

This fall, more students enrolled at private colleges in the Quad Cities. That reverses a trend of steady or decreasing enrollment over the last several years.

Michelle O'Neill gives us the numbers from Augustana College and St. Ambrose University.