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.



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). 

https://goo.gl/SWMtko / Arrowhead Ranch on Facebook

After extensive renovations, Arrowhead Ranch is ready to serve more at-risk young people. Tomorrow, the residential treatment center and school will host its annual Round-Up and kick off a national advertising campaign. 

Wikihow - https://goo.gl/L8X9my / Wikivisual

A local trial attorney has seen attitudes about workplace sexual harassment change a lot over 30 years. 

But Leanne Tyler of Bettendorf says fear and legal settlements continue to silence victims in the office, factory, store, classroom, hospital, and other places.

Michelle O'Neill reports Tyler has represented clients in the Quad Cities who took their employers to court to fight for their rights.

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Workplace sexual harassment occurs in many industries, not just entertainment and government.

But we rarely, if ever, hear about cases in the Quad Cities where bosses, supervisors and employees have subjected their co-workers to abuse, ranging from unwanted comments to sexual assault.

Michelle O'Neill talks with two Family Resources employees who work with people who've been targets of sexual harassment at their jobs in the Quad Cities.

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/meetsupremecourt.asp / Illinois Supreme Court

This week, judges, lawyers, historians, and others will celebrate 200 years of Illinois justice.

Michelle O'Neill reports at a gala tomorrow in Springfield, the Illinois Supreme Court will host a gala 200 years to the day that the high court was created.

Two centuries of Illinois justice have obviously had a great impact on people, institutions, and society.

submitted / Salvation Army of the Quad Cities

The Salvation Army has moved its Family Services office to a new location. Over the summer, the Quad Cities chapter found places for its homeless clients to live. And it closed the downtown Davenport emergency shelter. It's now working to prevent homelessness by helping families stay in their apartments and homes.

submitted / Doris and Victor Day Foundation

The Doris and Victor Day Foundation is teaching people about the importance of the 2020 Census. Tomorrow , the foundation will the second of two meetings called, "You Count! Rock Island County." 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The new, I-74 bridge will carry more than cars over the Mississippi River, helping keep the Quad Cities connected and warm. For years, the existing bridge has been home to utility lines that serve homes and businesses all over the Quad Cities.

submitted / City of Rock Island

Part of the riverfront bike path in Rock Island will be closed for another week. The city says a crew will complete a project it started on Monday (between Schwiebert Park and 24th Street).

Natalie Spahn / WVIK News

A Rock Island couple wants to help the city attract new residents and homeowners. This morning, Rock Island officials joined Bob and Pam Votroubek for a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new home in an established neighborhood. It's located at 1527 36th Street.

https://goo.gl/k42wYd / Scott County Auditor's website

The main election officers in the Quad Cities are celebrating your right to vote. Tomorrow, the Scott County Auditor's Office and the Rock Island County Clerk's Office will co-host a voter registration rally called, "Our Voice, Our Vote, YOU Matter."