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! 

Petey

  

Howell Photographic Arts / Howell Photographic Arts & John Deere Classic

Donors gave $12.2 million dollars to Birdies for Charity this year, despite the cancellation of the local PGA tournament. That's the fourth highest amount raised during the program's history. 

Matt Beatty / Iowa Sports Foundation

Next summer, the Iowa Sports Foundation will offer a new way for local companies to promote employee health and wellness. After collaborating with Visit Quad Cities and Davenport, the foundation will kick off the Quad Cities Corporate Games next year.

Scott County Auditor / Scott County Auditor

More than half of Scott County voters will cast their ballots before next Tuesday. That's what Roxanna Moritz, Auditor and Election Commissioner, estimates one week before the general election. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The Quad Cities recorded its highest number of new, COVID-19 cases today at 211. The total number of cases during the pandemic has now reached 8,318. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Another Scott County resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the county total to 37 and the Quad Cities total to 134. The number of deaths in Rock Island County remains at 97. 

WVIK News

Public health officials in the Quad Cities are asking people to pull together as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths rises.

https://crsresources.org/files/100/maps/region_and_nation/crs_national_map_october_2020.pdf / National Flood Insurance Program

Davenport residents who buy flood insurance are now paying a lower rate. The National Flood Insurance Program has approved a change in the city's community rating. 

FEMA / FEMA

FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center in Scott County will be open for an extra week to help people whose homes were damaged by the derecho in August. 

Google Maps / Google Maps

The City of Davenport plans to hold a public hearing later this month about the possible sale of The Heritage, a high-rise it owns with 120 apartments at 501 West Third Street. 

QC COVID-19 Coalition / QC COVID-19 Coalition

Children and adults should plan ahead as they celebrate Halloween during the pandemic.

Nita Ludwig, from the Rock Island County Health Department, says COVID-19 risk can be reduced by taking a few precautions.

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