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! 



https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-golf-course/webcam / Glynns Creek Golf Course

A golf course in Iowa is kicking out all golfers from other states during the pandemic.

Michelle O'Neill reports Glynns Creek Golf Course in Scott County is just enforcing the governor's orders.

In Illinois, all golf courses are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But that's not the case in Iowa. 

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf / Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, US Dept. of Health & Human Services

Along with physical health, local officials are also concerned about your mental health.

Herb Trix has more. 

CDC Facebook / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Now is not the time to become complacent about staying home to help save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Herb Trix reports. 

Stacks of one-dollar bills
401kcalculator.org / 401(K) 2012 on Flickr

People in Illinois' 17th Congressional District want to know when they'll receive payments from the COVID-19 relief package.

Herb Trix has more. 

https://www.weather.gov/dvn/weatherstory / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

March was a little bit warmer and wetter than usual, and that's what we can expect for the next three months, too. 

submitted / Iowa US Senator Joni Ernst

On Wednesday, local businesses and leaders heard today from Iowa US Senator Joni Ernst about how to access funds through the coronavirus relief packages.

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce held a phone conference with the senator from Red Oak. 

https://www.i74riverbridge.com/traffic/webcams.aspx / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project

After a week off, Lunda construction employees got back to work Monday on the new I-74 bridge. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Local public health officials have not emphasized testing for COVID-19. But some people continue to express frustration and confusion about it.

They'd also like to know the total number of tests conducted in Illinois and Iowa to learn how fast the virus is spreading and how serious it is.

During a telephone press conference last week, Michelle O'Neill asked Dr. Louis Katz to help us understand. Listen below for part of his answer. He's the Medical Director of the Scott County Health Department and an infectious disease expert.

submitted / Christian Care

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way a local agency serves people who need food and housing. 

https://www.facebook.com/RepCheri/videos/666110940833576/ / US Rep. Cheri Bustos Facebook page

US Representative Cheri Bustos says the relief package, passed by the House today, will help people and businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. It's called, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.