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

  

submitted / MidAmerican Energy

In January, MidAmerican Energy closed its 96-year-old power plant in the Quad Cities.

Michelle O'Neill reports. 


http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/lsr/#DVN/202104100500/202104112300/0100 / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

Flood warnings were issued over the weekend after a strong storm system brought two to three inches of rain to parts of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.

https://quadcitieschamber.com/images/made/assets/images/q2030/connected_region_800_450_s_c1.jpg / Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

It's time for Q2030 to become independent and more focused on making the Quad Cities "cool, creative, connected, and prosperous."

Michelle O'Neill reports the chamber of commerce has announced it's creating a new, stand-alone nonprofit and hiring an executive director.

 

A number of factors will determine whether Chad Pregracke's Bison Bridge proposal becomes a reality.

The main one is the I-80 Mississippi River Bridge Planning Study.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics?county=Rock%20Island / Illinois Department of Public Health

Rock Island County is no longer in warning status for COVID-19.

submitted / Deere Foundation

The John Deere Foundation plans to contribute $200 million over ten years to help children and families, farmers, and employee volunteer efforts.

Herb Trix has more.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Only one side of the I-280 bridge over the Mississippi River is open.

This week, all traffic was been moved to the Illinois-bound lanes for crews to replace the concrete bridge deck the Iowa-bound lanes.

Michelle O'Neill reports. 


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

A Quad Cities developer is working on a proposal for the old Rock Island County courthouse to become a federal courthouse.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


https://cads-ia.com/treatment-services/ / Center for Alcohol & Drug Services

The number of people seeking help for alcohol and substance use has risen along with the stress caused by the coronavirus.

Herb Trix reports.


submitted / Missouri Valley Conference

The Missouri Valley Conference will host its women's basketball championship in the Quad Cities through 2024. This morning at the TaxSlayer Center, the conference and its local partners announced the MVC President's Council unanimously approved a three-year contract extension.

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