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.

A governor appointed Parole Review Commission heard testimony that parole, dramatically curtailed by the state legislature in the 1990s,  must be reinstated. Others say it's time to reconsider the efficacy of no parole.

A commission appointed to consider reinstating parole met in Richmond Monday to hear from experts on crime and punishment and from victims like Judy Choendley who said the men who killed her father should never be freed.

Last March Sweet Briar College's then Board and President announced that due to insurmountable financial challenges the school was closing. The news not only shocked the small Amherst County liberal arts school but alumnae from across the country. They rallied, formed Saving Sweet Briar, and through legal action and a new board and president the school stayed open. Tab O'Neal reports that while the doors are open, the future holds a lot of challenges:

    

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The Virginia Children's Book Festival is an opportunity to engage children in books and foster a love of reading. The festival is October 16 and 17th. 

    

Seeing homelessness with greater clarity is the goal of an exhibit of photographs taken by homeless women and children.  They were given disposable cameras and asked to take pictures through their days. Tab O'Neal went to the exhibit in Lynchburg and spoke with David Neumeyer, Vice President of the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and Sarah Quarantotto, executive director of Miriam's House, about the women and photographs that tell so many stories.

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Virginia's highways are dotted with small towns struggling to find new purpose and life. Like Rocky Mount in Franklin County, most have a history of agriculture or manufacturing that has left main streets boarded up.

A decade ago Rocky Mount town leaders decided they wanted to revitalize their town and music was the path to that.

Tab O'Neal visited the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount where, in just 18 months, it is making a huge impact on the town and Franklin County.

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