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Neill McNeill is doing exactly what he's always wanted to do where he's wanted to do it. 2014 will mark his 31st year of doing it at WGHP in North Carolina's Piedmont-Triad.

He co-anchors WGHP's 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 10:00pm newscasts. He also reports and produces "Newsmakers." These are extended, edited interview segments featuring local movers and shakers as well as others who have been in the news or have influenced the news.

Neill is a native North Carolinian. He grew up in Raeford (near Fayetteville) and is a 1979 graduate of Hoke County High School.

He arrived at WGHP in October 1983 upon graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures. While a student at UNC, he reported and anchored at WKFT-TV in Fayetteville as both a student intern and part-time employee.

At WGHP, Neill has served in many capacities: general assignment reporter (1983-85), anchor of the morning and noon newscasts (1985-86), co-anchor of the weekend newscasts (1986-87), co-anchor of the 11:00pm newscasts (1988-1995 while WGHP was an ABC affiliate), one of the original co-anchors of the 5:00pm newscast (1990-present), co-anchor of the 6:00pm newscast (2001-present); and one of the original co-anchors of the 10:00pm newscast (when WGHP became a FOX affiliate in 1995). In February of 2014, he became one of the original co-anchors of the 6:30pm newscast.

He has also been WGHP's consumer reporter, Wednesday's Child reporter (profiling area foster children in need of adoption), and executive producer of special projects.

Neill has won awards for his reporting, and newscasts he's co-anchored have won regional Emmys for best newscast and breaking news.

In the community, he's served as an advisory board member and volunteer with several local charities. He's been the co-host of the FOX 8 Holiday Concert Series with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies since its inception in the late 1980s. He's also a frequent master of ceremonies/keynote speaker for area events as well as a Sunday School teacher at church.

Outside of work, Neill is married to a family practice physician. They are the parents of two daughters. He enjoys running (between 16 and 20 miles a week), still photography and spending time with family.

Neill believes his purpose as a broadcast journalist is three-fold: to seek the truth and report it accurately, to be fair, and to be compassionate.

Recent Articles
  • The South Elm developer

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — She describes her professional career as being like a small tugboat navigating the waters alongside some very big ships. She’s one of the only African-American women to run a for-profit development firm. That’s not bad in an industry full of heavy-hitting, experienced and wealthy people. Evon Smith is now a key figure in one of the largest and most dynamic projects of its type in Greensboro: the Union Square/South Elm Development Group initiative just south of downtown. […]


    Skip Alston talks Civil Rights Museum with FOX8

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — When it comes to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro, no one carries as much influence as Skip Alston. Most will agree, without his foresight and hard work, the place probably wouldn’t have opened five years ago. Although he’s no longer chairman of the museum’s board, he’s still a member and very active in the museum’s fundraising and day-to-day operations. In all the recent controversy about the museum’s finances, who should run the […]

  • FOX8’s exclusive interview with Rev. Franklin Graham

    BOONE, N.C. — The Reverend Franklin Graham: he’s honest, dedicated, faithful, outspoken, controversial. He’s also an evangelist, best-selling author, businessman, and a tireless international relief worker. You could also argue he’s inherited his father’s reputation of being the closest thing to a moral compass this country has right now. Recently, I spent some time with him at the Samaritan’s Purse Headquarters in Boone. Not surprisingly, he was very candid about some of the big issues facing our country and our world. […]

  • Civil Rights Center former executive director speaks out in first extended interview since firing

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In less than a month, we’ll celebrate the 55th anniversary of the beginning of the sit-in movement in Greensboro. It was the time when four North Carolina A&T State University students sat down at the segregated lunch counter in the Woolworth’s Five and Dime Store in downtown Greensboro and stayed there. Many believe it started the Civil Rights Movement across the south. Up until about two months ago, Lacy Ward ran the International Civil Rights Center and […]

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    Newsmakers: Joey Medaloni of Medaloni Cellars

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Joey Medaloni has turned over a new leaf, or maybe we should say “vine.” Today, he runs what is now Forsyth County’s only commercial winery. In his tasting room at Medaloni Cellars off Shallowford Road near Lewisville, customers can sample the 13 different types of wine he makes. The winery is about a year old. “We try to take our 10 years in hospitality and blend it with making the best wines,” he told me during […]

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    Howard Coble reflects on his career

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It would be hard to name a more consistent, influential and respected figure in central North Carolina politics than Howard Coble. He made his first run for Congress in 1984. In 2013, he announced he wouldn’t run for another term and would retire in 2014. Voters will choose his replacement on Tuesday, Nov. 4. I remember covering Coble’s debate with then-incumbent Congressman Robin Britt in 1984. Like the 6th District Congressional Debate between Laura Fjeld and Mark […]

  • Reidsville’s new police chief aims to prevent property crime, diversify department

    Chief Robert Hassell is a couple of months into his new job running the Reidsville Police Department. He’s the city’s first African-American Chief. He took his oath of office in late August after serving as police chief at Fayetteville State University. Before that he worked for three other police departments in southeastern North Carolina: Hope Mills, Fairmont and Kinston. He grew up in Martin County in the eastern part of the state. His parents split up when he was about 8 years […]

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    Tim Lowe transforming Lowes Foods

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tim Lowe is at the helm of a company based in Winston-Salem that’s turning grocery shopping into something you’ve never seen or “experienced before.” Lowe (no relation to the company’s founders) is the president of Lowes Foods, the grocery store chain that traces its humble beginnings to Wilkes County in the early 1950s. Today, Lowes Foods consists of nearly 100 stores in Virginia and the Carolinas. Lowe has a comprehensive retail background. He started out as a licensed […]

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    Newsmakers: Jane Fernandes, president of Guilford College

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In July 2014, Dr. Jane Fernandes came to Greensboro to become who many believe is the first deaf woman to lead a college or university in the United States. Although the learning curve has been steep, she’s transitioning nicely into her position of president of Guilford College. Wherever she goes on campus, an American Sign Language interpreter – who is on the college staff — is close by. Fernandes can read lips and speaks well herself, but […]

  • Newsmakers: Elon professor, screenwriter of ‘August Rush’ Paul Castro

    Paul Castro’s life has many layers: triathlete, U.S. Navy officer, suicide prevention counselor, screenwriter, director, university professor and that’s just to name a few. In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve come across a person with such a multifaceted life. I met Paul when he started doing movie reviews in our studio every Friday afternoon during the FOX8 4:00 p.m. Newscast. I remember watching him for the first time and thinking, “This guy knows what he’s talking about. He […]

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    Newsmakers: Bowman Gray promoter Gray Garrison

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Contrary to what some may believe, Gray Garrison’s not named after Bowman Gray Stadium. But he probably wouldn’t mind if he were. Garrison is President of Winston-Salem Speedway, Inc. He’s the promoter and essentially the person in charge of racing at NASCAR’s longest-running weekly track. Every Saturday evening, for 17 or 18 weeks between April and August, as many as 15,000 people jam Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem to watch. But this is nothing new to Garrison. […]

  • High Point man on board USS Cole during 2000 bombing shares his story

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — James Parlier has quite a story to tell, and he’s spending a lot of time these days telling it. “I don’t want anybody to forget,” he says. “I feel it’s important that the American public know that the Cole was a stepping stone to 9/11.” He’s referring to the U.S.S Cole, the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer attacked by terrorists in October of 2000. Seventeen American sailors died that day. Nearly 40 others were injured. At […]


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