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). 

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A Scott County judge has set a date for the third murder trial of Stanley Liggins. At a hearing this morning in Davenport, Judge Marlita Greve ordered the trial to be held on August 28th.

http://livinglandsandwaters.org/timeline/ / Living Lands and Waters

Chad Pregracke has set a lofty goal for his 20th year of pulling garbage out of rivers.

The founder of Living Lands and Waters says last year the group removed nearly 442,000 pounds of trash from the Mississippi and other rivers. This year, Pregracke wants that number to top one million.

And as always, he's confident it can be done. "I've been lifting weights  and doing extra workouts... and uh... That's a joke."

http://livinglandsandwaters.org/timeline/ / Living Lands and Waters

Chad Pregracke has set a lofty goal for his 20th year of pulling garbage out of rivers.

The founder of Living Lands and Waters says last year the group removed nearly 442,000 pounds of trash from the Mississippi and other rivers. This year, Pregracke wants that number to top one million.

https://goo.gl/pGB6R3 / City of Moline

Most of Moline's 19th Street will re-open before the New Year. Tomorrow, city workers will open the southbound lanes and one northbound lane, between 7th Avenue and 11th Avenue A. The other northbound lane of 19th Street will remain closed all winter.

Area hospitals are limiting the number of visits to patients in an attempt to quell the number of flu cases.
William Brawley / Flickr

If you don't feel well, please don't visit hospitals in the Quad Cities. Today, due to a flu outbreak, both Genesis and Unity Point health systems announced they're restricting visitors to only those who are well.

During the past week, the number of people hospitalized because of the flu has increased. And more people have been showing up at clinics and emergency rooms with flu symptoms, respiratory illnesses, and digestive problems.

The Davenport Fire Department says two more children have died after their mother and two siblings lost their lives in a fire almost a week ago.

The Interim Fire Marshal says four-year-old Skylar Smead and nine-month-old Isabella Smead died at the University of Iowa Hospital. They were transferred to Iowa City after the fire at their home in the Five Seasons Trailer Park.

https://goo.gl/ZXk1iM / Lindon, Utah Facebook page

Most cities are picking up trash one day late this week and next. And many public works departments will take natural Christmas trees left at the curb through the first or second week of January.

Michelle O'Neill has details.


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Truckers, owners, operators, police, and safety experts all want Congress to regulate self-driving cars and trucks before they hit the road in large numbers. Especially worrisome is the safety and security of autonomous big rigs like semi-tractor-trailers.

In the second of two features, Michelle O'Neill reports truck drivers may think the technology will eliminate their jobs, but others say just the opposite.


https://www.weather.gov/dvn/weatherstory / Quad Cities National Weather Service

Much colder air will arrive this weekend, then stick around for much of next week. Be prepared for an abrupt change from mild weather to bitterly cold temperatures, wind chills, and chances of snow. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities says the winter weather may affect travel, including road trips and flights at airports in the Midwest. 

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A longtime Davenport charity will close after losing funding and struggling to resolve questions about mismanagement. The Quad-City Times reports United Neighbors' board announced Wednesday the social service agency will close.

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