SAN DIEGO, June 10, 2008 –KSWB-TV is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Arthel Neville as the morning anchor for the station’s new “Fox 5 Morning News”. Set to debut on August 1, 2008, “Fox 5 Morning News” will be a 4-hour local newscast covering all of San Diego and produced entirely in High Definition.
Arthel Neville is one of the most unique talents working in broadcast television today, with a professional background that spans national and local newscasts, hard news coverage, morning and evening news, as well as syndicated and entertainment programming. She is a very familiar face for her success and popularity working on CNN, The Fox News Channel, E! Entertainment Television, “Extra”, “Good Day Live”, “Geraldo at Large”, “The O’Reily Factor” and more.
Ms. Neville is a TV pioneer with many “firsts” in her career. Arthel came to national attention in the early 90’s for her interview show “Extreme Close-Up” on the E! Entertainment Network. With this assignment she became the nation’s first high profile African American female entertainment host/co-producer. Next, she launched the hit syndicated show “Extra” for Warner Bros., becoming the first African American female host of a nationally syndicated entertainment magazine show.
In 2002, Ms. Neville joined CNN to become the host of “Talk Back Live with Arthel Neville”, becoming the first African American woman to host her own show on the news network. This groundbreaking show combined news of the day, a live audience and guest interviews in-studio and via satellite, phone and the internet. While at CNN Arthel also served as morning, daytime and weekend news anchor. Prior to her work at CNN Ms. Neville worked for the Fox Network syndicated news magazine “Fox Files” and with The Fox News Channel as anchor, correspondent, host and also as contributor to “The O’Reilly Factor”.
In 2005, Ms. Neville served as correspondent for the syndicated show “A Current Affair”, covering many stories including Hurricane Katrina in her hometown of New Orleans. Ms. Neville began her television career in New Orleans at WWL-TV, and later anchored at WVUE. Arthel also worked in the Austin and Houston markets. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Alumni Award in 2003.