Michelle O'Neill

WVIK News Editor

Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor which really just means she wears many hats, doing everything there is to do in the newsroom and around the radio station. She's a multimedia journalist and serves as Assignment Editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, announcer, news anchor/host, and photographer. She also writes and produces content for WVIK.org and social media.

In recent broadcast journalism contests, Michelle's work contributed to WVIK winning various awards for excellence in both Illinois and Iowa.  

When not working, Michelle snuggles & plays with her puggle, reads, spends time with family and friends, crochets, plays drums, and occasionally runs audio at church. 


Kensington, baying beagle bunny killer

When Michelle adopted Kensy in 2002, she learned all about how to deal with a hound who was an avid counter-surfer and devoured whatever happened to be there. Her beagle is gone now after 17 years of a full and happy life.

Petey the Peanut Puggle (below) came to live with Michelle during the flood in 2019. He's an adult rescue dog and an excellent companion! 



PGA Tour video, https://www.pgatour.com/paynestewartaward/News/2020/08/12/zach-johnson-honored-with-pga-tour-s-payne-stewart-award-presented-by-southern-company.html / PGA Tour

A golfer from Cedar Rapids with ties to the Quad Cities has won a high honor from the PGA Tour. Today, the tour and Southern Company announced Zach Johnson is this year's recipient of the Payne Stewart Award. 

Because of the pandemic, Moline is offering employees extra incentives to retire to help make up for declining revenue.

Moline detectives are asking for help finding a hit and run driver after the death of a 20-year-old man.

Early Tuesday morning, around 12:30, a police officer found the man's body lying on the pavement in the 3600 block of John Deere Road.

submitted / Hartig Drug

People who live in Dubuque County now have another option to get a free coronavirus test.

Michelle O'Neill reports residents can go to a couple of pharmacies.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

During Monday's strong thunderstorm, a fallen tree branch landed on electrical wires along 38th Street in Rock Island, IL. WVIK FM Operations Manager, Dave Garner, was watching from the radio station across the street when the transformer "popped" and ignited. 

submitted / Cheri Bustos Campaign

COVID-19 is changing the way candidates campaign for the fall election.

Michelle O'Neill reports Congresswoman Cheri Bustos hosted a Zoom meeting Thursday night to open her virtual campaign office.

submitted / Illinois Department of Public Health

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities continues to grow, and three people have died since late last week. 

https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#CurrentStatus / Iowa Department of Public Health

Public health officials in Dubuque County are dealing with a rise in COVID-19 cases, similar to the Quad Cities.

Michelle O'Neill reports Dubuque County governments, hospitals, emergency managers, and others have been working together since March to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Local governments, health care providers, businesses, and others are renewing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Quad Cities. 

Michelle O'Neill, graph / WVIK News

The head of the Rock Island County Health Department is worried about a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Michelle O'Neill has more.