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.

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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). 

Michelle ONeill / WVIK News

Moline officials plan to be ready for growth when the new I-74 Bridge opens. 

Newscast from April 28th, 2017

http://www.weather.gov/dvn/summary_1_15_2018 / Quad Cities National Weather Service

Forecasters at the Quad Cities National Weather Service say an Alberta clipper brought light snow to eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois Monday morning. Snowfall amounts ranged from around 1 to 3 inches, with higher amounts occurring in some areas.

Quote from Ohio State Rep. Jack Cera, "We've also lost lots of factory workers but many blame us (Democrats) for not caring for them."
Screenshot from Hope from the Heartland / CherPac https://medium.com/@cherpacpress

East Moline Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos, is trying to teach democrats how win in the Midwest and rural areas. This week, she released a report from her political action committee called, "Hope from the Heartland." 

Sam's Club

Sam's Club in Moline will close later this month, putting about 150 people out of work. It's one of 63 stores across the country Walmart Stores plans to close this month.

Flickr

Drunken or impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, and failing to wear a seat belt continue to kill people on northwestern Illinois highways. 

https://goo.gl/RTPTYF / Illinois State Treasurer

It's now easier for people to receive unclaimed property in Illinois, if it's less than $500. The Illinois Treasurer's office has added a couple of online tools to submit paperwork and get money quickly.

Painting of farm fields of row crops, trees, and rolling hills with an old-fashioned single-blade plow in the foreground
submitted / Deere and Company

In the spring of 2010, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport partnered with Deere and Company to showcase works from the company's art collection. Here's Michelle O'Neill's report that previewed the opening of the exhibit entitled, Global Currents: The John Deere Art Collection.

The Quad Cities is well-known as the home of John Deere, but what's not well-known is that it's also the home of the company's extensive art collection.

Iowa State Legislature

A democrat running for Iowa governor will campaign in Davenport Friday with a focus on education. The rally is part of State Senator Nate Boulton's "Team Boulton Mobilization Week." 

submitted / Black Hawk College

Black Hawk College's new leader is now on the job. Last month, the board of trustees hired Dr. John Erwin as interim president.

He'll serve in the position while the college looks for former President Bettie Truitt's permanent replacement.

At this point in the academic year, Erwin says Black Hawk's budget is balanced. But soon, he'll have to start working on next year's budget, and uncertainty about state funding will probably continue to be a problem.

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