Tab O'Neal

In addition to serving as local host during Morning Edition, Tab O'Neal also anchors the state and regional newscasts .

Tab began his broadcasting career in 1974 as an announcer and newscaster for a Las Vegas, NV radio station. From there he worked in both radio news and music in Salt Lake City, Southern California, Washington DC and Norfolk, VA. From February of 1990 to February 2011, Tab held a variety of on-air positions at Lynchburg/Roanoke's WSET-TV. At Channel 13, Tab was host of Good Morning Virginia and The Heart of Virginia; reported on area news; and was an NWA Certified Operational Meteorologist forecaster for the 6:00 & 11:00 PM newscasts.

Tab is also an artist, writer, poet and video producer.  As an avid NPR and WVTF/RADIO IQ listener, he enjoys putting his skills and talents to work on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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Flooding over the past two weeks in Virginia and West Virginia has resulted in about two dozen fatalities and caused devastation to homes and belongings. Thursday, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is facilitating a live Twitter chat about flood insurance. Dawn Eischen is a spokesperson for VDEM; Tab O'Neal spoke with her about the need for flood insurance and a social media chat about it.

Members of the Virginia chapter of NORML went to DC in May to lobby for changes in federal laws preventing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Jes Vegas is the director of the Jefferson Area NORML in Charlottesville. She says reforming marijuana laws is intensive hard work.

Virginia and localities are trying to get a handle on how widespread--or not--broadband access is in the state. A new survey website from The Center for Innovative Technology and Virginia Tech will track where the internet holes are.

The old way of keeping medical records on color-tabbed manila folders kept on rolling shelves is going away fast. It's being replaced with electronic records that patients can access as well. Tab O'Neal spoke with a doctor who says our medical records are as close as our computer.

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The mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is spreading through the Caribbean and South America and researchers say it is likely that at least some local populations of mosquitos in the US will become infected as well.

“Mosquito season has begun unfortunately, especially with these recent spring rains. Any time you have warm enough weather for breeding to occur, you’re going to be at risk for any of the diseases that mosquitos can carry,” says Barbara Leach, Horticulture Technician with Virginia Cooperative Extension in Roanoke.