Roger O'Neil has been an NBC News Correspondent since 1979 and served as NBC News' Denver Bureau Chief from 1983 to 1996. As one of NBC News' top correspondents, O'Neil has reported on a wide range of domestic stories of national interest for "NBC Nightly News," "Today" and MSNBC.
O'Neil was a key correspondent for NBC News during the Oklahoma City bombing tragedy, and he was the only national reporter permitted inside the bombed-out Murrah Federal Building during the search for victims. He continued to cover the story for NBC News as both suspects, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, were tried in Denver. O'Neil has served as the reporter of record for the unsolved murder of the six-year-old beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey, a story that has captured worldwide attention. O'Neil also reported from the mountains of Colorado in search of the missing U.S. Air Force A-10 fighter jet.
Over the years, O'Neil's extensive and varied stories include in-depth reports on environmental issues, including the severe floods in the Midwest, the dioxin contamination of Times Beach, Mo., and the subsequent EPA controversy. In addition, O'Neil continually focuses on his ability to find news stories that matter to the average American.
O'Neil began his broadcast career in 1966 as a reporter with WMDD-TV in Peoria, Ill. His extensive experience includes reporting from the following NBC affiliates: WSAV-TV, Huntington, W.V. (1967-1971), WAVE-TV, Louisville, Ky. (1971-1977), KPRC-TV, Houston, Texas (1977-1979) and WMAQ, Chicago, Ill. (June 1979 to September 1979). He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in radio and television studies.