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.
ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It’s been three decades since Jim Hart was calling signals for the Football Cardinals. Before that, he spent almost two decades at quarterback for the Big Red. Now retired to Naples, Florida, he comes back to St. Louis every year for the Jim Hart Celebrity Golf Classic. It’s a fundraiser for Sunnyhill, Inc. which provides services for adults and children with disabilities. That’s where I caught up with Jim for a visit about everything from his […]
(KPLR) – Some of you viewers have been asking about Bobby Hughes. Our overnight guy covering breaking news has been gone for a few weeks. After a health scare, he’s back manning the new Nissan Rogue Runner. Bobby was experiencing leg pain after aggravating an old back injury. He went to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for an MRI. This time, it was the doctor delivering the news, and it wasn’t good. During the MRI, doctors spotted an abdominal aortic aneurysm, […]
ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – About 13 percent of all people with diabetes will develop diabetic macular edema. It’s a disease affecting the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. Blood vessels in the retina begin to leak fluid and affect vision. Dr. Nancy Holekamp, director of Retina Diseases and the Center for Macular Degeneration at Pepose Vision Institute, says it’s the leading cause of moderate vision loss in people under 65 who have diabetes. She adds that […]
DONGOLA, IL (KPLR) – 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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
(KPLR) – 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 […]
CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – 13-year old, 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 […]
NEAR FARMINGTON, MO. (KPLR) – 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 […]
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.
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Seventeen-year-old Alex Ebel struggles with the puzzle known as autism. Bob and Suzanne Ebel adopted him from a Russian orphanage before he was 2. By age 4, they knew he was not developing normally. At age 5, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum PDD-NOS, a complex diagnosis that means pervasive developmental delays, not otherwise specified. He had speech and language issues, learning issues, acute anxiety disorder. It’s meant years of therapy. One problem for Alex was sensory […]
ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)– St. Louis police took a cue from the deadly Boston Marathon bombings to develop a strategy to protect fans during the World Series. Police Chief Sam Dotson says his department has explored the worst scenarios and are ready if danger strikes. A St. Charles marathon runner who experienced the bombings six months ago describes the intense fear that swept through Boston that day. St. Charles runner Howard Mayes had just passed the finish line, using his […]