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Neill McNeill is doing exactly what he’s always wanted to do where he’s wanted to do it. And for more than 30 years, he’s been doing it at WGHP in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad.
He co-anchors WGHP’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 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 after 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 p.m. newscasts (1988-1995 while WGHP was an ABC affiliate), one of the original co-anchors of the 5 p.m. newscast (1990-present), co-anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast (2001-present); and one of the original co-anchors of the 10 p.m. newscast (when WGHP became a FOX affiliate in 1995). In February of 2014, he became one of the original co-anchors of the 6:30 p.m. 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 FOX8 Holiday Concert Series with the Greensboro Symphony and Winston-Salem Symphony 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 exercising (swimming, spin classes), 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.