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Tom O'Neal, veteran St. Louis news reporter and anchor with 41 years of experience as a broadcast journalist (nearly all of them here in St. Louis), joined FOX 2 in 1990. Currently he co-anchors FOX 2 News at 5 and FOX 2 News at 9 Monday through Friday.

Formerly with KSDK-TV, Tom has won several national, state and local awards for outstanding reporting in the fields of medicine and education including three Emmy Awards. He is also a member of the prestigious Silver Circle, a group of professionals recognized for 25-plus years of contributions to St. Louis television and the community.

Tom works with the boards of several area charity organizations, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His 17-year old son, Brandon, died of leukemia. He's also closely involved with Basket of Hope, a charity for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Tom is a big sports fan and in his spare time enjoys working out, riding motorcycles, playing golf, and reading.

A native Missourian, Tom graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.A. in speech.

Recent Articles
  • Southern Illinois man first in the region to get new heart assist device

    DONGOLA, IL (KTVI) – 49-year old John Miller, a construction worker from Dongola, Illinois was feeling weak and having trouble breathing. He figured he had pneumonia or the flu. He was stunned when doctors diagnosed him with congestive heart failure last March and told him he would need a heart transplant. They suspect a virus attacked his heart. It was scary for John and his wife, Laura and they worried he wouldn’t be there for their seven kids and three […]

  • Doctors at Shriners Hospital help fulfill a young woman’s dream of walking

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A year and a half after Maria Del Carmen arrived at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, she is heading back home to Colombia, South America with her dreams of walking on the road to being fulfilled. She still uses crutches while she heals, but has also begun taking small steps on her own. That’s something you and I take for granted, but it was a hard-earned gift for Maria. Maria grew up struggling to […]

  • Custody fight over pet pig

    ST. LOUIS – A pet pig, stuck in the middle of a custody battle. Dawn Blackburn wants to take care of ‘Randy’ the pig after the man she sold it to can’t keep it at his home. He returned it to the Humane Society of Missouri, who tracked the microchip to Blackburn, the breeder. She says Humane Society officials told her they don’t deal with breeders. HSMO officials tell Fox 2 the pig is going to its Long Meadow Ranch […]

  • Water skier beats leukemia, wins national title

    (KTVI)– Erin Kalkbrenner of St. Charles is an elite water skier. She had twice won first in jump and first overall in the USA Water Ski Championships. In 2013, she was gunning for her third national title. But she knew something was wrong when her training left her exhausted. She was right. In July of last year, Erin was diagnosed with A.L.L. (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). She spent 68 days in Siteman Cancer Center getting chemotherapy, radiation and finally a stem […]

  • Heart ablation procedure gives a Belleville man new lease on life

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Three million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. More common in older people, a Belleville, IL man was diagnosed at age 24. Washington University doctors were able to fix the problem and end years of worrying. Greg Peppers, a fit 44-years old, exercises regularly to stay in shape. But he recalls that day 20 years ago, when his world and Navy career started to turn upside down. “One day I was […]

  • Doctors hope to retrain brain damaged by stroke

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine are trying to see if they can re-train the brain to help stroke patients regain the use of paralyzed limbs. Neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt, who organized the study, explains it involves trying to get the healthy part of the brain to take over the functions of the part damaged by stroke. We know that typically the left side of the brain activates when we move the right side of the […]

  • Local man is eyewitness to Israeli- Palestinian conflict

    (KTVI) – Sam Friedman says his life in Israel is quite a contrast to his life growing up in St. Louis County. His parents still live there. Friedman graduated from Truman State before heading to Tel Aviv a year ago to work in the high tech industry. He says things have been hectic and unpredictable since the current conflict began. Friedman says you never know what’s going to happen next. Sirens sound two or three times a day, sending people […]

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    After a stabbing death last month, an arrest has been made

    (KTVI)- An arrest has been made on onday for a stabbing death that was committed last month. Police say that Ben Jones is being charged with second degree murder, and being held without bond. They say the victim and another person met Jones, to buy drugs, late May 19th. Investigators are saying that Jones stabbed the man while arguing over the price of the drugs.

  • Sisters receive life-saving transplants

    CRYSTAL CITY, MO (KTVI)– We have followed the Derque family of Crystal City through a remarkable medical journey. The latest development is a giant step toward a normal life for the family. Both daughters needing organ transplants have received them. We first introduced you to the Derque family about 2 1/2 years ago. At that time, 7-year-old Kate Derque and her 12-year-old sister, Abbi, both needed double organ transplants. A genetic disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease was destroying their kidneys […]

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    Student project prints new pink 3-D arm for teen

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Sydney Kendall of Chesterfield has a new 3-D robotic arm thanks to some students at Washington University. What started out as a project for a college design class turned the design into reality. Engineering students, Henry Lather, Kranti Peddada and Kendall Gretsch got an A+ for their project in class, then decided to turn their design into a prosthesis for a patient. Doctors Charles Goldfarb and Lindley Wall, two hand surgeons at Washington University served as […]

  • Washington University students make girl prosthetic arm on 3-D printer

    (KTVI) – Sydney Kendall, 13, lost her right arm in a boating accident six years ago. She has a couple of prosthetic arms she uses. One is unique and high-tech. It’s called a 3-D robotic arm  and it’s made out of the same kind of plastic as Legos. Students at Washington University made the prosthetic arm on a 3-D printer. Kendall can control her shoulder movements with the arm.  

  • Wounded veteran’s camp honors memory of fallen Marine

    NEAR FARMINGTON, MO. (KTVI) – 23-year old Private first class, Christopher Neal White was killed in Iraq in 2006 while serving with the U.S. Marines. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. His parents, Will and Galia White wanted to make sure his memory lived on by helping others. Specifically, wounded veterans. So, they started Camp Hope. It’s located on 250 wooded acres outside of Farmington, Missouri. The Whites used their son’s military death benefit to […]