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 have to add that I'm a multimedia journalist, too, since along with serving as assignment editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, and anchor, I also take photos and videos, and write and produce content for WVIK.org and social media. (I don't think I actually own a hat for each of those roles.)

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 got first place 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 (e.g., a box of high fiber cereal, a large chunk of fudge, and a few Beano tablets). The resolution of one of these extra meals involved hydrogen peroxide, a baster, and heavy gloves. 

Just for fun, here's a flood widget for the Mississippi River I learned about while working on a couple of features.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Two local groups are inviting nature lovers, history buffs, and others to the first "Hennepin Hoopla." It'll be held tomorrow at three locks on the Hennepin Canal in Milan.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Here is a statement WVIK News received from IL State Senator, Neil Anderson:

"Springfield – Following the Illinois Senate’s vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, State Senator Neil Anderson (Andalusia) offered the following comments."

submitted / Clinton County Auditor's office

The Clinton County Courthouse will reopen Friday morning. Last Thursday, it was evacuated after workers found a support beam had fallen on the basement floor. 

submitted / Clinton LumberKings

For the third time this season, the Clinton LumberKings will have to get used to a new manager. Today, the team announced Manager David Macias has resigned after coaching only 45 games in the second half of the season.

Wendy Caldwell / The Monarch Lab

The first Monarch blitz is over, and 300 people in the US participated by counting eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides, and butterflies. The citizen scientists then submitted their findings to the Monarch Lab at the University of Minnesota.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Davenport residents can help decide what the city's downtown riverfront will look like. 


US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, will visit the Quad Cities this weekend. He's on a five-state tour called, "Back to Our Roots," to talk to people about the 2018 Farm Bill and how to help rural areas. 

Michelle O'Neill / Holmes' Facebook page

One of Bix Beiderbecke's biggest fans traveled from Britain to enjoy the annual jazz festival in Davenport. 

26-year-old Jonathan Holmes is a BBC journalist based in Bristol, and Thursday, he stopped by the Bix Porch Party at the downtown library. 

submitted, Nick Camlin / Rock Island County Clerk's office

A couple from East Moline is ready to get married, and they have a photo to prove it. Wednesday morning, Albert Gardner and Kathleen Hunter were the first to take advantage of the Rock Island County Clerk's new, marriage license "selfie station." 

Kevin Schmidt, submitted / Mississippi River Distilling Company

The Mississippi River Distilling Company, and its customers, are enjoying the perks of Iowa's reformed liquor law. Co-owner of the LeClaire business, Garrett Burchett, served on the task force that worked out details of the law which went into effect early this month.