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.

https://goo.gl/GhZKPj / Arconic

Third quarter earnings for Arconic declined compared to the same period a year ago.

Michelle O'Neill reports that's when the company was still part of Alcoa, before it split into two, separate companies on November first.

For the third quarter, Arconic reports earnings of $0.25 per share, or $132 million, $5 million less than a year ago. But that excludes special items such as re-structuring costs and higher aluminum prices.

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A state agency is hiring recent college graduates to help more students to go to college. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has four-to-six job openings in the Illinois Quad Cities for employees to work with middle and high school students in families where they'd be the first to go to college.

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A visiting artist at Augustana College needs more crocheted circles to complete an expanded yarn-bombing project. 

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Good timing is essential for people to benefit from emergency housing grants. This morning in Rock Island County, township officials announced they've received $26,848 to pay for one-time, emergency needs.

Michelle O'Neill reports the federal government distributes Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds based on the unemployment rate in each county.

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Moline is trying to help the Illinois Department of Transportation keep the cost of the I-74 bridge project from rising and keep the Mississippi River clean.

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This year, Augustana College students, teachers, and friends will celebrate Martin Luther and the effect he had on the protestant reformation.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill reports it's been 500 years since the priest nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Click HERE for details about "Relevant Reformation" at Augustana College. 

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Cameras and machine learning may eventually save farmers a lot of money on chemicals. They may even help prevent water pollution and reduce the need for genetically-modified seeds. That's according to the CEO of Blue River Technology, a company based in California's Silicon Valley that John Deere just bought for $305 million.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill reports the acquisition may have wide-ranging effects on agriculture and other industries.

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Exelon has negotiated how much it will pay in property taxes over the next seven years for its Cordova nuclear plant. The Black Hawk College District is one of eleven taxing bodes that receives revenue from the taxes paid by the Quad Cities Generating Station. And tonight, the college board of trustees is set to vote on the property tax agreement with Exelon.

Erie School Superintendent, Brad Cox, says under the proposal, the company would pay an average of $12.5 million a year from 2017 through 2023. Last year, Exelon paid $8.1 million.

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The Heartland chapter of Junior Achievement needs volunteers to help prepare students for life and the workforce.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill has the details.

Spokeswoman, Tawnya Hambly, says Junior Achievement of the Heartland is based in Moline but serves 24 counties with around 2,900 volunteers. And anyone can volunteer, from college students to retirees.

Mallard Pointe Kennels Facebook page / Mallard Pointe Kennels

Humans aren't the only ones getting help following Hurricane Harvey in Houston. K-9 Kindnesss brought nine dogs from Texas to the Quad Cities to find them homes.