Neill McNeill

Senior News Anchor (Evening/Late Newscasts)

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

  • Cone Health CEO Tim Rice to retire at end of year

    Posted on: 10:41 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 10:42pm, April 8, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Cone Health CEO Tim Rice is in charge of well more than 10,000 employees at Guilford County’s...
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  • Virginia couple wins lottery three times in one month

    Posted on: 2:16 pm, March 31, 2014, by

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Calvin and Zatera Spencer are having an amazing month. First they won $1 million in the March...
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    Calvin and Zatera Spencer
  • Inside look at major renovations at Piedmont’s largest hotel

    Posted on: 10:28 pm, March 12, 2014, by

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — You could call Mo Milani the “host of Greensboro,” especially when the ACC Tournament comes to town....
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  • Greensboro-based Libby Hill president reflects on company’s history

    Posted on: 10:46 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 10:47pm, February 25, 2014

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ken Conrad is the chairman of the National Restaurant Association. This means he’s the spokesman for more...
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    Ken Conrad (left) with FOX8's Neill McNeill
  • Camino Bakery ‘a heartbeat’ for a stretch of downtown Winston-Salem

    Posted on: 10:39 pm, February 18, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem Journal calls Cary Clifford’s small business, “a sort of heartbeat for a vital stretch of...
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    Cary Clifford (left) with FOX8's Neill McNeill.
  • Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds body to lions

    Posted on: 2:18 pm, February 9, 2014, by

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark – An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death has failed, despite thousands of signatures from animal...
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    Zoo kills giraffe
  • Newsmakers: Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan

    Posted on: 5:31 pm, January 22, 2014, by

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Last November, Nancy Vaughan became mayor-elect of Greensboro with a 19 percentage point victory. It marked the...
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  • Increased development at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

    Posted on: 11:21 pm, November 19, 2013, by , updated on: 11:23pm, November 19, 2013

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In all the talk about urban redevelopment in the Piedmont Triad, nothing stands out quite like what’s happening...
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  • How the idea behind HondaJet started with a sketch in the middle of the night

    Posted on: 9:44 am, November 5, 2013, by , updated on: 07:57am, November 6, 2013

    His product  is relatively small. But his numbers are big: 850 workers, four buildings, and a total capital investment in...
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  • Remembering Rich Brenner: One year later

    Posted on: 10:11 am, February 25, 2013, by , updated on: 10:55am, February 25, 2013

    This Wednesday, February 27, will mark a solemn anniversary for the WGHP FOX8 family. It will mark one year since...
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    Rich Brenner memorial thumbnail
  • Newsmaker: Greensboro Developer Jim Jones

    Posted on: 11:04 pm, February 20, 2013, by

    It would be hard to find a bigger family investment in downtown Greensboro than that of the Jones family. Over...
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  • Newsmaker: David Sparks

    Posted on: 11:30 pm, October 4, 2012, by , updated on: 11:31pm, October 4, 2012

    There’s only three days left for the 130th Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem. It will also mark a milestone for...
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    David Sparks (WGHP)