Michelle O'Neill

WVIK News Editor, Michelle O'Neill, is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years' experience. She serves as assignment editor, anchor, writer, reporter, producer, copy editor, photographer, and videographer (a.k.a., multimedia journalist). 


In 2015, Michelle won top honors for her radio reporting in two states. In the Illinois AP Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards, judges named her Best Reporter in the Local News division (e.g., Lack of IL Budget Affects Tourism and Jobs). And in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2015 contest, Michelle won first place in Overall Excellence in Reporting in the Large Market division, along with winning first place in two other categories (QC Campuses Fight Sexual Violence and Water Quality and Farming). 

In the 2014 Illinois AP contest, the judges awarded her first place for Illinois Victims' Rights Proposal in the Hard News Feature category for Downstate Radio. 

In 2013, she won first place for "Immigrants and Driving" in the Best Series category. A fender-bender gave her the idea after a van, driven by a man who didn't speak English, side-swiped her car on Christmas Eve. In the same contest a year earlier, Michelle picked up first place in Best Investigative Report for "Cameras and Mics in Iowa Courts."


When she's not working, Michelle reads, walks her dog, crochets, kayaks, plays drums, and sings backup at church.
 

Since adopting Kensy, she's learned all about how to deal with a hound who counter-surfs and devours whatever happens to be there (e.g., a box of high fiber cereal, a large chunk of fudge, and a few Beano tablets). The resolution of one of these extra meals involved hydrogen peroxide, a baster, and heavy gloves. 

Lately I've been fascinated with widgets. So here's a flood widget for the Mississippi River.

As Congress holds hearings to investigate the presidential election, two politicians are trying to assess the security of local election systems in Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill reports US Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois State Senator Michael Hastings, of Tinley Park, have asked 110 county clerks and election authorities to give them information about their voting systems.

Steve Sandvoss, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Elections, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington DC last month. The board is working with the FBI to protect Illinois election systems and voter registration information, and prevent future cyber-attacks from being successful.