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.

Some pre-schoolers in Moline will receive a new pair of sneakers tomorrow. The Moline Breakfast Optimist Club will give shoes to more than 90 children ages three to five, at Jefferson Early Childhood Center, for its fifteenth annual "Shoes that Fit" program.  Director of the Optimist Club, Pat Wendt, says its members raise money each year to buy new shoes for needy children. 

Sarah Ritter / WVIK News

When the owner of South Park Mall spruced up the property, it also re-used concrete,  recycled steel, and changed hundreds of light bulbs. Last week, Macerich celebrated the renovation project in Moline, and won an award for sustainability.

Run with Carl / FB page cover photo

Even though supporters thought they'd Run with Carl for the last time, the Labor Day race will continue next year. This morning, the Carl Schillig family announced the foundations that support Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley public schools will become the co-sponsors of the event. 

City of Davenport

Student Hunger Drive (Facebook)

Once again, teenagers have been working hard to feed Quad Cities residents in need. Last night at the Finale Rally, the Student Hunger Drive announced 17 area high schools collected 478,000 pounds of food for the River Bend Food Bank in Davenport.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

"What three things would you like to see improved for transportation in the Quad Cities Area in the next ten years?" That's just one of the questions on a Bi-State Regional Commission survey,  which will help employees gather information for the next, five-year transportation plan. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Tom Cross, the republican candidate for treasurer, want voters to "follow the money" when they cast their ballots tomorrow. This morning at the Quad City Airport, they joined congressional candidate, Bobby Schilling, and others to rally GOP supporters.

T.M. / for WVIK News

The Rock Island County Republican Party plans to file a lawsuit today over problems with voting machines. Chairman Bill Bloom says about 30 voters have contacted the GOP office to complain about touch screens that change their votes from republican candidates to democratic candidates.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Victims of violent crime in Illinois want their rights protected by the state constitution. On Tuesday, residents will decide as they vote on a proposed constitutional amendment known as "Marsy's Law."

Jacket design by Darren Haggar, jacket photograph by Cultura Travel/Philip Lee Harvey/Getty Images / W.W. Norton & Company

When a publishing agent asked Morning Edition's David Greene to consider writing a book, the cohost and correspondent had no idea it would lead to his second trip on Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway. While he was NPR's Moscow bureau chief, Greene took to the rails with his wife, and produced a series of stories for the network. But the second time around, he took a good friend to help translate and no audio equipment. 

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