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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
  • 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 […]

  • Breast milk banks helping preemies survive

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center has something called a milk depot which is part of an important pathway to help preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit or NICU. Here’s how it works. Many healthy newborns do well with infant formula. But many preemies have trouble handling formula and their mothers may have trouble producing breast milk. That’s where human milk depots and banks can play a vital role. Strangers donating breast milk to help these […]

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    Local doctors perform new leg lengthening procedure

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– If a person has one leg that is shorter due to disease or injury, it not only affects his gait, but can cause hip, knee and ankle problems. Now, local doctors are using a new device to help grow new bone to fix that problem. It’s called Precice. Dr. J. Eric Gordon, an orthopedic surgeon with Washington University and Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, was one of the first in the area to use […]

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    Can HGH really boost athletic performance?

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Super Bowl wrapped up another season with the NFL and the players still trying to hammer out details for testing for HGH, human growth hormone. It’s banned as a performance enhancing drug. It’s also one of the drugs Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is accused of using that led to his season-long suspension. He has appealed. HGH is produced in the pituitary gland and provides our growth spurt during puberty. Sometimes injections of synthetic HGH are necessary […]

  • St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch retires

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– On Friday, January 31, 2014 St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch retires after a 34 year career in law enforcement. That same day, the St. Louis County Police Board meets in closed session to select his replacement. Fitch was 18-years-old when he started his police career at Cahokia Police Department. He served three years there before moving to the St. Louis County Department. He tells me becoming a police chief was not his goal. He […]

  • People stocking up on groceries before weekend storm

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)– With the snow moving in, people are crowding grocery stores to stock up. Much of the crowd at the Bridgeton Schnuck’s was going for staple items. The bread aisle was looking rather bare, and stockers could hardly keep up in the milk section. The Schnuck’s manager says they expect a busy day Saturday as well. But he does not expect to run out of bread, milk or eggs.