Tom O’Neal grew up in Kansas City and that’s where he landed his first paying job in broadcasting in 1970. While attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he worked as a floor director at KCMO (now KCTV) for $2 an hour. O’Neal supplemented that with the $10 he received on Saturdays during football season. That’s when he would travel with the play-by-play announcer to the Missouri Tiger games to help him keep stats and depth charts. During his last semester in college, he worked at the campus radio station, KCUR-FM. It paid about as much as the floor director’s job. But then he hit it rich in June of 1972. After graduating from UMKC, Tom was hired at KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for $3 an hour. He shot film (yes, film), reported, anchored news, sports, and weather.
In May 1974, O’Neal was hired as a news reporter at KSD-TV (Now KSDK) in St. Louis. He spent 15 years at Channel 5 as an anchor and reporter. During this time, he was asked to start a health beat. Tom became a medical reporter along with my anchor duties. It’s a specialty that stuck.. and that still influences his career today. He left KSDK in August 1989. After serving my “non-compete” sentence, I started at Channel 2 in January, 1990 and found a homeI currently co-anchor the Fox 2 News at 5 and Fox 2 News at 9, Monday through Friday with Mandy Murphey. I have been honored to receive several national, state and local awards for reporting in the fields of medicine and education including two Emmy Awards.