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.

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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). 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The new season begins in a few weeks for the Augustana College football team. The Vikings finished last season with a record of 1-9 overall, 1-7 in the CCIW.

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Construction crews will change traffic patterns in Moline this week.

Tomorrow, I-74 traffic will be moved from temporary, outer lanes to the new, inner lanes for traveling east and west. That section of highway is located south of Avenue of the Cities. And the Illinois DOT says these four lanes will be in use through the fall.

The I-74 exit to Avenue of the Cities will remain open, but the exit lane will be longer than it is now. Drivers should pay attention, and follow the construction signs.

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A recent accident gave Mediacom a chance to show it's prepared to move fiberoptic lines quickly, with minimal interuption in service. Last week, the company's crews fixed and re-located a major section of cable from the I-74 bridge to an underground tunnel.

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Iowa has a new tool to measure how fast the state is reducing water pollution. Recently, the state DNR and researchers at Iowa State University completed a three-year digital mapping project.

Michelle O'Neill reports the new, interactive maps show where landowners and farmers have changed the land to reduce runoff and improve water quality.


Google Maps with added graphics by WVIK News / Google Maps, https://goo.gl/aVNswn

Best Buy plans to close its Moline store in the fall. The company has decided not to renew its lease for the store, which is located near South Park Mall.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Crews are placing huge, steel girders on piers over the Mississippi River near Moline, as construction of the new I-74 bridge continues. Today, officials from the Iowa Department of Transportation and DNR gave reporters an update about the project.

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An Iowa artist is busy this summer creating special sculptures for the Iowa and Illinois state fairs.

Michelle O'Neill reports Sarah Pratt has been sculpting the butter cow for the Iowa State Fair since 2006.

Sarah Pratt says 2018 is the 100th anniversary of Deere and Company's Waterloo Boy tractor. And the Iowa State Fair asked Pratt to recreate it in butter. As a 14-year-old in 4-H, she learned how to sculpt from Norma "Duffy" Lyon," Iowa's "butter cow lady." Pratt took over in 2006 when Lyon retired.

http://www.pla.com.ar/site/ / PLA website

Deere and Company plans to buy a South American company that makes planters, sprayers, and other farm equipment.

This morning, Deere announced it has signed an agreement to acquire PLA, which is based in Argentina.PLA is a private company that owns factories in Las Rosas, Argentina and Canoas, Brazil. The 43-year-old company was the first to manufacture self-propelled sprayers in Latin America. Currently, PLA employs about 450 people.

http://images.enjoyillinois.com/assets/131751 / John Deere

More visitors spent more money in the Illinois Quad Cities last year. The Illinois Office of Tourism recently released its statistics for 2017. Last year, people who visited Rock Island County contributed more than $223 million to the local economy, an increase of 2.7% compared to 2016.

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St. Ambrose University's College of Business has a new leader. This month, Dr. Maritza Espina began her new job as dean of the college in Davenport, where about 900 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled.

Espina grew up in Puerto Rico and has 16 years experience in teaching, management research, publications, and service.

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