Arthel Neville is a journalist and television personality of America. She was born on October 20, 1960. She is the daughter of Art Neville who founded New Orleans music groups The Meters and The Neville Brothers. Her birth place is New Orleans, Louisiana where she was also raised. She went to St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans. After completing her high school, she started her career in acting and modeling in New York. She performed her roles in various commercials as well as on the daily soap opera Days of Our Lives after which she returned to New Orleans. She attended Xavier University to study Prepharmacy. However, she switched to journalism as she enrolled into Southern Methodist University. Eventually, she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Texas at Austin.
- October 20, 1962
While she was a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, she began her journalism career at KVUE-TV as a general assignment reporter. She became the first female African American on-air reporter. Gradually, she began to cover live breaking news, politics, education, health and many human-interest stories for KVUE-TV. After graduation, she became a reporter/anchor at WWL, New Orleans. In 1988, she returned to Texas to report for Houston’s KHOU-TV for a year. She moved back to New Orleans again where she worked as an anchor for WVUE. In 1991, she became the co-producer of Extreme Close-Up for E! Entertainment TV. She spent her three years in the show interviewing over 200 stars which won her the title of the nation’s first high-profile black female entertainment reporter. Besides, she also hosted on the network’s signature show Talk Soup. In 1994, she became the first African American female to host a nationally syndicated entertainment news magazine program after she beat out over 1,000 hopefuls to launch and anchor Extra for Warner Brothers studios. Neville moved to New York to work as a senior correspondent and anchor at Fox Network. Apart from these, she appeared as a host on Miss Teen USA pageant and Miss Universe pageant in Manilla, Phillipines. She is also seen on Days of our Lives, Monk (TV Series), Girlfriends, Moesha, Cybill, Living Single, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
In 2002, Neville joined CNN and worked as host of Talk Back Live With Arthel Neville, thus became the first African American to host her own show on a news network. She also anchored morning and daytime news and co-anchored weekend news for CNN. In 2003, she won the Texas Exes’ Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award for her outstanding performance in broadcast journalism. Neville co-hosted for Fox’s Good Day Live, hosted DIY Network’s Celebrity Hobbies and became a correspondent for A Current Affair. She covered the incident of Hurricane Katrina which occurred in New Orleans. She set up a nonprofit hurricane relief website called Arthel’s Angels after she lost her family home and her relatives got displaced. In March 2006, she worked as the West Coast bureau chief and correspondent for Geraldo at Large, a syndicated news magazine of Fox News. She also worked as a lead anchor for Fox 5 Morning News. She earned nomination for 2009 Woman of the Year Award by San Diego Magazine. Besides anchoring, she appeared as a recurring guest on HLN Showbiz Tonight. Her show “Conversations with Arthel Neville” began to broadcast in My Channel and Sky TV in May 2009 in the United Kingdom to 9 million homes in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Channel Islands, as well as parts of France, Spain, and Italy. In June 2010, she returned to Fox News Channel and continued as a news anchor on America’s Newsroom, America's News Headquarters, and The Strategy Room. She also contributed her to The O’Reilly Factor, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Fox & Friends and Fox & Friends First.
Arthell was married to Taku Hirano in 2001. Her husband is a sensational Japanese drummer. She doesn’t have any children yet. However, she was married before with Dallas Cowboys running back Derrick Lassic in 1995. The marriage unfortunately led to divorce in 1998. The distinguished journalist’s age is 50 years at present. Her detailed biography can be obtained from Wikipedia.