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.

Just for fun, here's a new widget that shows how likely people are to respond to the 2020 Census based on their location. 


In last year's broadcast journalism contests, Michelle's work contributed to WVIK winning Outstanding News Operation in Illinois and first place in Overall Excellence in Iowa. 

In the 2017 Iowa Broadcast News Association contest, Michelle placed first in "Overall Excellence in Reporting" and in "Sports Coverage" for her story, "World Series of Drag Racing."  

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


Kensington, baying beagle bunny killer

When Michelle adopted Kensy, she had to learn 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. 

Klobuchar 2020

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar plans to campaign in the Quad Cities area this weekend. 

After participating in an education forum in West Des Moines on Saturday morning, the Democratic US Senator from Minnesota is scheduled to host town halls in Coralville, Clinton, and Davenport.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Democratic presidential candidate, Michael Bennet, was supposed to campaign in eastern Iowa this week.

But instead, the US Senator from Colorado decided to stay in Washington D.C. to vote on the North American trade deal and later, impeachment (see pdf below).

submitted / Rock Island Community Foundation

A bequest from a Rock Island resident will benefit eight local organizations. Today, the Rosemary Woodward Trust and Rock Island Community Foundation announced the gift of $2.1 million, and how it will help the organizations for years to come. 

Brady Johnson / WVIK News

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants to create a new way to pay for big projects that benefit the entire area.

This morning, the chamber and leaders of its Q2030 initiative announced they plan to create the Quad Cities Regional Metropolitan Authority

Paul Rumler, the chamber's President and CEO, says it will require the approval of the Illinois and Iowa legislatures, Congress, and president.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Republicans in Rock Island County are concerned about election returns.

Michelle O'Neill has more.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Unity and the salvation of the United States are the stakes in this year's presidential election.

That's what former Secretary of State John Kerry told Iowa voters in Davenport on Saturday, as he campaigned for Joe Biden.

https://www.weather.gov/media/dvn/sitreport/SitReport1.pdf / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

Winter storm warnings will go into effect later today with rain, sleet, ice, and snow in the forecast. 

Area hospitals are limiting the number of visits to patients in an attempt to quell the number of flu cases.
William Brawley / Flickr

Don't visit local hospitals if you have symptoms of the flu.

Brady Johnson reports UnityPoint Trinity and Genesis health systems have implemented temporary restrictions on visitors because of an increase in cases of the flu.

Lisa Caffery, R.N. and Infection Prevention Manager at Genesis, says visitors should not come to the hospitals if they're suffering from any these symptoms; breathing problems, sore throat, chills, headache, stuffy or runny nose, cough, fever, or body aches.

Caffery has seen a lot of influenza lately, especially in younger children such as babies and toddlers.

file:///C:/Users/wvik_news/Desktop/SitReport1.pdf / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

Here's the latest "situation report" from the U.S. National Weather Service of the Quad Cities:

Sit Report 1 by WVIKnews on Scribd

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

As one contractor continues adding segments to the new I-74 bridge arch, another is starting to re-build the east-bound lanes in Moline.

On Thursday, eastbound traffic from the existing bridge will be detoured to the other side of the highway and go head-to-head with Iowa-bound traffic. 

In addition, the Avenue of the Cities exit will be closed to eastbound traffic. Drivers should use the 7th Avenue exit instead.