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.

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Palmer College of Chiropractic honored a local donor this morning during a ribbon cutting for its new fitness center. The former Alumni Auditorium has been renovated, and is now called the Richard Bittner Athletic and Recreation Center.

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As work continues on the new, I-74 Bridge, people who live and work in Moline will soon have to deal with the closure of a busy intersection.

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After working for the Obama campaign and other democratic candidates, a Rock Falls man is knocking on doors to get his own name on the ballot. Sean Sanders is running for state representative in Illinois' 71st district.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill reports Tuesday was the first day for candidates to circulate nominating petitions for the spring primary election.

Sanders decided to run for office last year, after former State Representative Mike Smiddy lost to republican Tony McCombie, and Donald Trump won the White House.

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After a year of single-stream recycling in Scott County, more people have been recycling a LOT more stuff. The Waste Commission's "Go All In" campaign has worked so well, it's hired eleven workers to begin a new, evening shift.

https://goo.gl/ehAk5U / Iowa Army National Guard Facebook page

Eleven Iowa Army National Guard soldiers and a couple of helicopters took off from the Quad Cities this morning to help with hurricane relief in Houston. 

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Cordova International Raceway is getting ready for street racing after the successful return of the World Series of Drag Racing last weekend.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill talked with spokesman Blake Anderson, who says around 25,000 fans came to the track for the world series, which was held in Memphis last year.

The move to Memphis felt like a slap in the face to many racers and fans of Cordova, which had been the home of the World Series of Drag Racing since 1954.

Smoke Alarms to Be Installed Free

Aug 29, 2017
http://www.redcross.org/local/illinois/central-and-southern/home-fire-safety / American Red Cross

Every year, many people die from smoke inhalation in house fires due to malfunctioning smoke alarms.

WVIK's Mike Poletto reports this fall, the local Red Cross will hold its third annual "Sound the Alarm" program.

Sound the Alarm provides new smoke detectors and installation to anyone who needs them. Executive Director of the Quad Cities chapter, Amber Wood, says smoke detectors are critical safety tools for homes and apartments.

http://www.redcross.org / The American Red Cross

Local Red Cross volunteers are helping people in Houston survive flooding after Hurricane Harvey. Over the weekend, more than 30 volunteers left for Texas from Illinois and eastern Iowa, and eleven of them are from the Quad Cities.

submitted / Palmer College of Chiropractic

For years, Palmer Chiropractic College has allowed the YMCA to use one of its properties as a preschool. And now the school has given it to the organization.

file, Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

This fall, a tree on 7th Avenue in Rock Island will become even more colorful than usual. The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art has received a federal grant to do a yarn-bombing project.