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Illinois Associated Press honors WVIK

March  13, 2014

WVIK Morning News Editor Michelle O'Neill has won an award in the 2013 Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters contest. In the Downstate Radio division, for Best Series or Documentary, she won first place for her three features on "Immigrants and Drivers Licenses."

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Michelle O'Neill

Two former employees of WVIK also won awards in the AP radio contest. Working for WIUM in Macomb last year, Scott Stuntz won Best Reporter honors in the Downstate Radio division, and two second-place awards - for Best Spot News and Best Series or Documentary. In 2012, Stuntz worked in the WVIK newsroom, thanks to a grant from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation.

Working for WBEZ in Chicago, Alex Keefe was named Best Newswriter in the Chicago-St. Louis division (major market), and shared a first-place award with two others for Best Hard News Feature. In 2008, Keefe worked at WVIK, also thanks to a grant from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation.

WVIK, broadcasting at 90.3 FM in the Quad Cities and 95.9 in Dubuque, Iowa, is the source for public radio for the Quad Cities and surrounding 75-mile radius in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. WVIK’s 30,000 weekly listeners trust the station’s award-winning journalism, thoughtful array of music and insightful commentary. WVIK consistently is ranked as the number one “most listened to” public radio station in the Quad Cities. 

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