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). 

https://water.weather.gov/ahps/forecasts.php / NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

The Mississippi River is rising and will continue to rise in May as snow melts north of the Quad Cities area. The weather service says earlier this month, heavy snow fell onto snowpack from the winter. As it got warmer, most of the snow has been melting and running off into the Mississippi.

submitted / City of Bettendorf

Bettendorf will soon have a new police chief. Next month, Phil Redington will retire after working for the city for 41 years.

Michelle O'Neill reports Redington was a junior at St. Ambrose University in Davenport when he got hired to work for the Bettendorf Police Department.

I-74 Mississippi River Bridge website

This week, traffic will change again in Bettendorf due to construction of the I-74 bridge.

https://goo.gl/oGfqjp / Davenport Civil Rights Commission website

Author Richard Rothstein will speak on Friday at the Davenport Civil Rights Commission's Fair Housing Symposium. Rothstein's book is entitled, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America." It focuses on discriminatory housing practices and the impact government policies have had on segregation and its lingering effects.

Winter Soldiers' Twitter photo / https://twitter.com/FTC8813

A local team will test their robot-building skills at a global competition this week in Detroit. The Winter Soldiers are fourteen middle and high school students from Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley. The organization "FIRST Tech Challenge" is the host. The Winter Soldiers are one of 128 teams who will bring their robots to perform tasks to win a game.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Even while construction continues, a small group of students got to "walk the halls" of Franklin Elementary School.

Tori Charnetzki / WVIK News

After 15 years at Augustana College, President Steve Bahls is ready to help graduates become "robot-proof." Last month, the board of trustees renewed his contract for another three years.

Michelle O'Neill reports the 8th president of the college in Rock Island continues to promote liberal arts education and make it more accessible.

submitted, Greg Boll / Newbury Living

People are reserving apartments in downtown Bettendorf a couple of years before they'll be ready. And the next phase of the project is about to begin. In August, a Des Moines developer broke ground on phase one of the Bridges Loft Apartments, located on 15th Street along the riverfront.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Davenport is getting ready to host RAGBRAI this summer, and once again, the ride will end at the Marquette Street boat ramp. Today, organizers also unveiled the route riders will take through the city, plus a new logo, website, and theme, "Davenport, Made It Here."

https://goo.gl/NMdLpa / Illinois House GOP YouTube channel

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers after a deadly attack on a child welfare caseworker last fall. Pamela Knight, a Department of Children and Family Services employee, was attacked by a father when she tried to take protective custody of a child in Milledgeville. The 59-year-old died from her injuries in February.