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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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    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.

  • Newsmaker: Dr. Susan Pauly, Salem Academy and College

    As Salem Academy and College marks its 240th anniversary, its leader is trying to balance growing the college with holding onto its traditions. In the video above, learn about her vision for the traditionally women-only school. Salem accepts men 23 and older in its continuing education and graduate teacher education program. No men live on campus. Salem’s costs are competitive, with tuition, room and board running a little more than $35,000 a year. Ninety percent of students are on scholarship. Demand […]

  • Newsmaker: Marty Sumner, High Point Police Chief

    This High Point native has been fighting crime in the city for 27 years, and just days ago he became the top man in the department. In the video above, Marty Sumner talks about the ways he’s already taking crime fighting in the city to the next level. Since not as many crimes are happening across the board, Sumner estimates this program is saving the community as much as $40 million a year. High Point Police still handle 5,000 domestic […]

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    Remembering Joel Fleishman (blog by Neill McNeill)

    I couldn’t help but look down and check my coat and tie combination when I learned this week of the death of Greensboro’s Joel Fleishman from pancreatic cancer.  He was the ultimate best-dresser. I never saw him when he wasn’t in a coat and tie. But Fleishman was much more, and his last name meant a lot to me and my family. Fleishman was from Fayetteville where his family owned a large department store on Hay Street. My grandmother, for […]

  • Rich Brenner Memorial Service Script

    For those of you who were unable to attend or watch the Rich Brenner “Celebration of Life” Service Saturday March 3, below is the text I wrote and used as moderator of the event: RICH BRENNER “CELEBRATION OF LIFE” SERVICE MARCH 3, 2012 AYCOCK AUDITORIUM UNC-GREENSBORO INVOCATION: Pastor Chris Thore/Jamestown United Methodist Church INTRODUCTION: LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, PLEASE RISE AS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS HONOR GUARD COMES FORWARD TO PRESENT THE COLORS. COLOR PRESENTATION:  US Marine Corps Honor Guard […]

  • Rusty Davis, Caterpillar Winston-Salem Operations Manager

    Newsmaker: Rusty Davis, Caterpillar

    The operations manager of Caterpillar’s new plant in Winston-Salem is overseeing 51 workers and is hoping to have a full workforce of 500 by 2013 or 2014. In the video above, tour the plant and see just how big the axles they’re making really are. The trucks themselves cost about $5 million apiece. If you want to apply for positions, go to jointeamcaterpillar.com. Eventually, all future training will take place on the Forsyth Tech campus. Forsyth Tech will scale back […]

  • Newsmaker: Kyle Webster, ‘Design Gangsta’

    Stress caused a Piedmont man to leave a graphic design job he loved, but his unemployment became a “miracle cure” that led to a successful new business. In the video above, Neill McNeill talks with Kyle Webster, famous for his “Original Design Gangsta” video. He has advice that he hopes will inspire unemployed people to find their passion. Webster has another game in the app store titled “Hot Plates.” If you want to see the full Youtube video, which has […]

  • Newsmaker: Senator Phil Berger

    As the North Carolina senate prepares its own version of next year’s budget, the state’s most powerful senator from Guilford and Rockingham counties explains what he wants to cut. Phil Berger, in his sixth term, became Senate President Pro-Tem when he and his fellow Republicans overtook the majority in the 2010 election. Berger said North Carolina’s biggest challenge is finances — “to get the state’s checkbook balanced,” as he put it. He said the state got into a $2.4 billion […]

  • Man Charged with Murder 17 Years After Asheboro Shooting

    Asheboro police say a man has been charged with murder 17 years after a man was found shot to death in an Asheboro home. Records show 38-year-old Sergio Pelayo Rios was being held Sunday at the Randolph County jail. The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro reports that police found the body of Jacinto L. Zarate in 1994. He had been shot with an AK-47 rifle. Witnesses said they saw three men including Rios flee the scene. Two of the men were arrested, […]

  • Newsmaker: Ziggy’s Jay Stephens

    Jay Stephens will open up the newer, bigger version of his legendary Ziggy’s on July 29, bringing in those big acts once again. The new venue will open up on North Trade Street on the north side of downtown Winston-Salem’s Arts District. It started on Baity Street and was named after a bartender who worked there many years ago. The old venue held 750 people, but the new digs can hold a total of 1,220 people. Stephens bought the original […]

  • Newsmaker: Susan Braman, Aquatic Center

    The state-of-the-art Greensboro Aquatic Center will open one month from Tuesday, and Susan Braman gave Neill McNeill an extensive tour of the $19 million facility. The center contains three pools: a therapy/warm-up pool, the main 50-meter competition pool and the diving well. The pools are surrounded by 10 million pieces of tile, all of which were laid by hand. The competition pool will be available for qualified swimmers to lap swim, but the therapy/warm up pool will be the main […]

  • Newsmaker: Amos Quick, Guilford County Schools

    He is outspoken, is sometimes controversial and holds several jobs. But the vice chair of the Guilford County Board of Education is about to do a 360 with his life. Amos Quick is currently the associate pastor at New Light Baptist Church, but he said he is willing and ready to leave Greensboro if an out-of-town church calls him. That’s why Quick said he is not certain if he will run for re-election to the school board.