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. 

submitted / Partners of Scott County Watersheds

Volunteers are needed to help test water in the Iowa Quad Cities this weekend. For the first time, Partners of Scott County Watersheds will take a "Summer Snapshot" of water quality.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People who want to save the Rock Island County courthouse are offering free beer to anyone who can change their minds. The historic building in the Quad Cities could be demolished depending on a lawsuit.

Michelle O'Neill reports this morning in downtown Rock Island and later in downtown Moline, two advocates for saving the 120-year-old building started a campaign called, "Change My Mind." 


https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4421 / FEMA

The Mississippi River may be back within its banks. But FEMA is reminding Iowa residents they only have one week to register for to get federal help with flood recovery.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Homeowners and horticulturalists may be worried about their trees after this year's long flood.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


https://ipsco.com/facilities/camanche-ia/ / TMK IPSCO

Later this summer, more than one-hundred people who work for a plant in Camanche will have to look for new jobs. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The factory on Arsenal Island is now working with a private company to make ambulance kits for the military. This morning, officials held a ceremony to announce the new partnership between the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) and AM General.

WVIK News / WVIK News

As the Mississippi River continues to drop, FEMA has a couple of reminders for flood victims and others.

https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dvn&gage=rcki2 / National Weather Service Quad Cities

The Mississippi River in the Quad Cities dropped below major flood stage today, only for the second time this spring. 


submitted / Waterways Council, Inc.

An industry group is asking Congress to start funding Mississippi River navigation improvements originally authorized more than ten years ago.

The Waterways Council represents shipping companies, agriculture, port authorities, and others.

This year, the council wants Congress to make sure the Corps of Engineers' Civil Works program includes expanding locks on the Upper Mississippi River. 

http://www.catholicmessenger.net/2018/08/taking-action-to-prevent-abuse/ / Catholic Messenger

Fifteen years ago, the Catholic Diocese of Davenport paid victims $9 million to settle 37 claims of sexual abuse of children by priests.

Then this week, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced all four of the state's dioceses have been asked to send him information about clergy sexual abuse.

The office also set up a special hotline and website for people to report abuse.


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