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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.


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    COPENHAGEN, Denmark – An online petition to save a healthy young giraffe from death has failed, despite thousands of signatures from animal lovers. Copenhagen Zoo said it euthanized the male, named Marius, on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding. After an autopsy, “Marius” was dismembered in front of a zoo audience that included children, and fed to the zoo’s lions. Despite online uproar over the move and reports of last-minute attempts to save the animal, the zoo in the Danish […]

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Last November, Nancy Vaughan became mayor-elect of Greensboro with a 19 percentage point victory. It marked the third straight time Greensboro voters sent an incumbent mayor home after just one term. Recently, she spoke with Neill McNeill as part of his “Newsmakers” segment. Here are some of her comments on several current issues/happenings: On her biggest surprise “Well, I would have to say the city manager resigning (laughter). That was probably the most un-anticipated thing. It was […]

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    His product  is relatively small. But his numbers are big: 850 workers, four buildings, and a total capital investment in Greensboro of more than 140 million dollars. Michimasa Fujino is the CEO of HondaJet whose headquarters, research and development, manufacturing and service operations are based in four buildings at the Piedmont-Triad International Airport. Here, the company’s brand new $4.5 million small passenger jet will come to life. For Fujino, it’s a journey that started back in 1986 when Honda—the Japanese […]

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    Remembering Rich Brenner: One year later

    This Wednesday, February 27, will mark a solemn anniversary for the WGHP FOX8 family. It will mark one year since we lost our dear friend and colleague Rich Brenner. It seems as if it were only yesterday. This is going to be a difficult week for Rich’s family. Please keep them in your thoughts/prayers. We will be posting stories throughout the week to honor Rich. In honor of Rich, I’m re-posting below the notes I used as moderator of his […]

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    Newsmakers: Bill Oakes

    It will be Bill Oakes’ job to keep thousands of spectators and 20 of the best tennis players in the world happy during the Winston-Salem Open starting this weekend and continuing through next week. Click here for more information. Neill McNeill reports.

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    Video archive: Neill McNeill ‘videobombs’ WFMY newscast

    I came across this “blast from the past” this morning and got a good laugh. It’s my “unauthorized” appearance on WFMY from 1984.