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 have to add that I'm a multimedia journalist, too, since along with serving as assignment editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, and anchor, I also take photos and videos, and write and produce content for WVIK.org and social media. (I don't think I actually own a hat for each of those roles.)

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 got 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 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 (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. 

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

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Meteorologists have confirmed three tornadoes caused minor damage in northwestern Illinois on Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities says around 7:30 pm, a thunderstorm produced two tornadoes three miles west of Freeport. They damaged a house, crops, and trees.

The third tornado touched down about five miles west of Elizabeth, and did extensive damage to trees.

The weather service says a warm front was moving into Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties on Wednesday night causing the storms.

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John Deere is hiring again at U.S. factories, thanks to improving conditions in markets for farm and construction equipment. This morning, the company announced third quarter earnings of $642 million, or $1.97 per share compared to $1.55 in the same period a year ago. That's a 27% jump.

Worldwide sales and revenue rose 16% to $7.8 billion.

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Time is running out for the family of Trudy Appleby. And the Moline Police Department has released the name of the last person known to have been with her 21 years ago.


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Artists, art lovers, and people who hate peeling paint will be happy to learn Rock Island plans to repair and maintain murals in the city.

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A lot of the literal groundwork has been done on Rock Island County's $28 million Criminal Justice Center annex. The three-story building will include four courtrooms and offices for court administration, the circuit clerk, and the state's attorney and his staff.

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One Human Family QCA will host a rally Wednesdsay at 12:15 P.M. at Davenport's Vander Veer Park. The group organized it as a response to white supremacist flyers that were recently found in the Quad Cities.

No Hate Rally Press Release 2 by Michelle O'Neill on Scribd

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Rock Island County's long term care center is hiring nursing staff to care for more veterans. And they may get paid more. This morning, County Administrator Dave Ross announced Hope Creek Care Center will start accepting veterans from the Iowa City V.A. hospital while they wait to move into a V.A. nursing home.

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Three businesses have decided to open in Rock Island. One will renovate a 100-year-old building downtown. Another is the construction of a gas station near the city's industrial park. And the third is a new coffee and donut shop on 18th Avenue.

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Rock Island County Clerk, Karen Kinney, is waiting to find out what elected officials have learned about potential cyber-attacks on election systems in Illinois.

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The Clinton County Sheriff's Office says a man accused of killing his parents died in jail over the weekend. Early Sunday morning, a guard found 18-year-old Gavin Glasz hanging by a bed sheet tied to cell bars. And paramedics were not able to revive him. 

Sheriff Rick Lincoln says jail employees found a note written by Glasz, and he doesn't suspect any foul play. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and sheriff's office will investigate the apparent suicide.

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