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WVIK anchor earns three awards

March  19, 2013

Michelle O’Neill, news editor and morning news anchor at WVIK, recently won three awards from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

In the Downstate Radio division of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association 2012 Journalism Excellence Contest, O’Neill won first place in the Best Investigative Report category for “Cameras and Mics in Iowa Courts.” She won second place in Best Use of Sound for “Arts Mean Business,” and also took second-place honors in Best Light Feature for her “Kone Center Tour.”

O’Neill started at WVIK in 1995. Jay Pearce, the station’s general manager, said, “Michelle brings decades of experience to the job. Her longevity at WVIK allows her to recognize elements of a story that will be of interest and importance to the community. Her expertise allows her to tell a story in a thoughtful and meaningful way.”

“One of my sources for “Cameras and Mics” was Quad-City Times Photographer Larry Fisher,” O’Neill said. “The newspaper’s Editorial Page Editor Mark Ridolfi, suggested Larry, whose perspective put WVIK listeners right in his shoes.”

Pearce added, “These awards represent the excellence that our financial supporters make possible for the community. It is because of listener support that WVIK is able to maintain the only full-time radio news department in the Quad Cities.”

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu