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Award Winning Newsroom

WVIK newsroom is a dominant presence in the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities.

WVIK won several awards in the Iowa Broadcast News Association contest for entries broadcast in 2021.

  • Marianna Bacallao was honored with a first in the Feature Category for Large Market Radio stations for her story "Cellist Plays for Vaccination Clinic." After participating in last year's WVIK Public Broadcasting Fellowship (funded by the Communityworks Endowment at the Quad Cities Community Foundation), Bacallao is now All Things Considered host at WPLN Radio in Nashville.
  • In the Best Newscast category, WVIK News Director Herb Trix won first place, and News Editor Michelle O'Neill won second place.
  • The WVIK news staff also won a first for its coverage of John Deere, in the Farm and Agribusiness Category.
  • The station also won awards for Public Affairs, In-Depth Series, Sports Coverage, General Reporting, and Political Coverage.
  • And in the contest for Large Market Radio stations in Iowa, WVIK won second place for Overall Excellence.

IBNA CONTEST - WVIK

BEST NEWSCAST
Large Market Radio
Second Place - WVIK - Michelle O'Neill
First Place - WVIK - Herb Trix

FEATURE Category
Large Market Radio
First Place - WVIK - “Cellist Plays for Vaccination Clinic” Marianna Bacallao

Farm and Agribusiness
Large Market Radio
First Place - WVIK - Coverage of Deere & Company, WVIK Staff

OVERALL EXCELLENCE
Large Market Radio
Second Place, WVIK

Public Affairs Category
Large Market Radio
Third Place - WVIK - Midwest Week, Herb Trix

IN-DEPTH/SERIES
Large Market Radio
Third Place - WVIK - “Davenport Response to the Great Flood of 2019”, WVIK Staff

SPORTS COVERAGE
Large Market Radio
Third Place -WVIK - “John Deere Classic Virtual Media Day with Dylan Fritelli” Michelle O'Neill
Second Place - WVIK - “Take the Tee for Me”, Michelle O'Neill

General Reporting
Large Market Radio
Third Place - WVIK, “Community College Enrollment Trends”, Michelle O'Neill
Second Place - WVIK, “Changes in National Flood InsuranceProgram”,Michelle O’Neill

POLITICAL COVERAGE
Large Market Radio

Second Place - WVIK - “Political Coverage Compilation”, WVIK Staff