October 2003 – Neal has done every job in the newsroom, including News Director at KETK for almost 13 years, plus sports, reporting, anchoring and weather. In fact, Neal delivered forecasts for more than 20 years in major markets like Dallas, Seattle, Nashville and was a guest meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for years. During his time on the weather wall, Neal has won various AP awards for best meteorologist and even an Emmy for best coverage of the Handley/Fort Worth tornado at KTVT in the DFW market in 2002. He has also completed the course for broadcast meteorologist and received the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.
Neal and his wife Renee were happy to get back to East Texas in 2003. They live in Tyler with their cats: Abi, Tig and Sophie. They also have a Great Pyrenees, Kaya. His family enjoys spending much of their free time at their farm in Trinity County, near Lufkin.
You can watch Neal, weekdays at KETK Live @ Five, KETK News @ 6pm and KETK News at 10. His commentary, My Point of View, also airs Friday’s @ 5pm on Live at Five.
Neal also loves to read, listen to podcasts and shoot skeet and sporting clays when he’s not delivering the news. He is also a NRA certified pistol and home defense instructor.