Neill McNeill is doing exactly what he’s always wanted to do where he’s wanted to do it. 2015 will mark his 32nd 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.