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Neile Jones

Main News Anchor - KNWA
Born in Little Rock, Neile grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Before being promoted to the primary co-anchor of KNWA news at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., Neile was the anchor of KNWA Today. Prior to that she was the weekend anchor/reporter/producer for KNWA. She joined KNWA as a Weather Anchor in 1997.

Neile has a dual Master's degree in Human Resources and Development and Management from Webster University. She works closely with the Ozark affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for The Cure Foundation. In 2005, Neile spearheaded "Team Neile" and helped raise more than ten thousand dollars in the fight against breast cancer that year and has continued to champion the fight against the disease. As part of her efforts Neile got her first Mammogram on the air to encourage other women and to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. Neile received national recognition from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for her efforts and was awarded the 2005 Cameo award for her volunteerism. She was also named one of Northwest Arkansas' 15 Fabulous Females by Splurge Magazine for her work in Northwest Arkansas. In 2008 Neile was one of 25 people nationally, selected as a Yoplait Champion for her efforts in the fight against breast cancer.
  
Neile continues to be very involved in the community and has served in numerous roles including Media Chair for H.O.B.Y (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership),  Media Committee member for the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure  and Board member for Help Oncology Patients Excel( H.O.P.E.). She has served as an honorary board member for the Peace at Home Family Shelter after becoming more involved in the fight against domestic violence. She was the first reporter allowed to spend two nights in the shelter with a camera. The experience gave her an even more intimate look at families dealing with domestic violence issues.   Later, Neile swam a two mile open water swim at Beaver Lake to benefit the Peace at Home Family Shelter. She also completed the Hogeye Marathon in honor of the families she met at the shelter. She has participated in several 5k runs, walks, and other events to benefit local charities including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk and The Kidney Walk.  Neile tackled The American Diabetes Association's 20 mile Tour De Cure. She also completed The Tulsa Run, a 15k course to benefit Hospice of Green Country.  

Neile's work on the news desk doesn't stop her from being an active volunteer in the community. In 2008, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named her a 40 Under 40. The next year the NWA chapter of the A.F.P. honored Neile with The Special Judges Award. Also In 2009, The Arkansas Volunteer Coordinators Association NWA Chapter  honored Neile with the Community Impact Award. In 2010 the Arkansas Society of Professional Journalist awarded Neile top honors for her special series  "Hope For Peace", dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of domestic violence.  She would later go on to write her own book "Look Again...Because You Can"
to share her experience with domestic violence, to offer support to others and to raise awareness.

In 2011 at The Toastmasters District 43 regional conference, Neile received the received the Communication and Leadership Award.  Neile was also awarded the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence Amethyst Award.  That same year Neile earned a Mid-America Regional Emmy award for her an in-depth three part exclusive series that you can watch here

Neile has been voted "The Best of the Best" honors from Celebrate Arkansas Magazine, Citiscapes Monthly Metro and the readers of the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. 

As you can tell Neile enjoys being involved in the community and looks forward to more opportunities to do just that in Northwest Arkansas. If you have story ideas Please send her an e-mail to njones@knwa.com.

You can follow her on Facebook fan page or on Twitter. 
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