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). 

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Organizers, volunteers, and businesses are preparing for a very busy weekend. On Saturday, the Quad City Times Bix 7 Road Race will be held in downtown Davenport. And RAGBRAI will end in Davenport after bikers ride from Iowa City to the Mississippi River.

Lynn Hunt, Interim President and CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, says more volunteers are needed to help with RAGBRAI on Saturday, mainly in the afternoon, driving pickup trucks filled with bicycles to long term parking lots.

At least 48,000 people are expected to visit Davenport for the end of RAGBRAI, while around 20,000 usually run in the Bix 7. Hunt says everyone will be able to enjoy the 47th Annual Street Fest, sponsored by Cobham, the Downtown Davenport Partnership, and many other local businesses.

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After having coffee and conversations with patrons, the Rock Island Library wants them to help create a new, four-year strategic plan. This week, the library will host two public meetings to hear more about what residents want and how to accomplish those goals.

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For many students, classes begin next month, but their families don't have the money to buy the paper, pencils, erasers, notebooks, scissors, and other items they'll need. So today, the United Way hosted a second "Day of Action" for businesses to donate school supplies to children all over the Quad Cities.

Kevin Fleming / ASC Public Affairs

The Secretary of the Army says the Rock Island Arsenal will help the military with readiness, modernization, and reform. Today in the Quad Cities, Mark Esper toured the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, and met with officials of the Army Sustainment Command, Joint Munitions Command, and First Army.

City of Davenport / City of Davenport

Fixing up one of Davenport's entry-ways may start with re-zoning. This month and next, the city council will consider a plan to re-zone some properties on Rockingham Road, on the west side of the city.

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Rock Island State Representative Mike Halpin is looking forward to seeing the results of a couple of new laws. He supported several the bills that passed during the latest legislative session.

Illinois Department of Unemployment Security / Illinois Department of Unemployment Security

Unemployment dropped in the Quad Cities in May. The jobless rate fell to 3.5% last month, compared to 4% in May last year.

Jared Johnson / WVIK

Red Cross volunteers continue to help people in Davenport whose homes were flooded during last night's storms.

Today, the local chapter's emergency response vehicle traveled to apartment complexes where first floor units were flooded.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The State of Illinois is honoring four local groups and leaders for improving the lives of immigrants. This afternoon, the Illinois Department of Human Rights held an awards presentation at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The inaugural Rock River Trail Ride ended Thursday afternoon at the confluence with the Mississippi in the Quad Cities. On the final day of their trip, Dan Libman, who teaches English at Northern Illinois University, and Carl Nelson, a WNIJ producer rode their bicycles from Prophetstown to the Hennepin Canal in Milan. 

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