Emmy Statue

Emmy Entry


Gold and Silver Circle

Tom O’Neal



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.