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Hi and Welcome!

As you venture through my website, you will not only see some of my work but get a glimpse of who I am and how I got to where I am today. At an early age, I have gained a wide range of experiences that will guide me forward in life. My goal is to be one of the most recognized broadcasters either in news, entertainment or sports.


Certainly, this is not going to be an easy task with so many talented competitors in this particular field. This will require a great deal of hard work and sacrifice. However, I have always believed to not settle for or be too comfortable in your level of success or surroundings. Life changes rapidly, so always aim as high as possible and have integrity in whatever you do.


I am a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, with a Bachelors Degree in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Geographic Information Systems. I have experience in athletics, geography, acting, film(ing), production, post production as well as script writing.


My nature is to be adventurous and to continue stepping outside the perceived boundaries. I have come to accept these attributes as basic requirements within my career choice.


Below, you will find my Resume, Broadcast Experience, Commercials, Example(s) of Journalism and my Gallery. Enjoy what I have put together thus far and if you wish to contact me, just look to my ‘Contact Me’ page.

Resume

Nicholas McNeil

Phone: 929-318-1299

BROADCASTING EXPERIENCE

FOX News

Associate Producer- Watters' World........................................August 2018-Present

Pitch stories/guests daily, conduct pre-interviews, create research packets, produce segments. Also assisted in producing the New Year’s show as well as segments for: Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle, Fox and Friends


US Media Studios

Talent in commercials………………………………………................August 2016-2018

Act as talent in numerous commercials. These videos can be found via my website under “Broadcast Experience.” https://nicholasmcneil.net/


Production Assistant ……………………………………….…............May 2016-2018

Provide administrative support. Assist with lighting, sound for studio and on-location shoots, floor direction, and camera operations. Relied on heavily by management to enhance the flow of production while suggesting strategies to increase productivity. 

Also, log footage during post-production.


Florida Atlantic University OWL TV

On-Air TV Host/Anchor/Producer.......................................September 2015-2016

Create research packets, pitch story ideas, edit scripts, host the show and edit footage. Produce segments with video and images by using editing programs such as Adobe Premier and Final Cut. Social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, used to promote and communicate with viewers.


South Florida Journal

Investigative Reporter..........................................................August 

2016-Dec 2016

Work for South Florida Journal in finding breaking stories around the area. Report about Patient Brokering in West Palm Beach, FL was published on November 18, 2016 http://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/scms/sfjournal/


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies
Major: Journalism, Certificate in Geographic Information Science
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
3.25 GPA May 2017


COMMUNICATIONS/BROADCAST COURSEWORK

Broadcast Journalism, Public Speaking, Mass Media, Intro to Print Journalism,

Argument & Debate, Acting 1&2, Multimedia Journalism, Drama on Stage & Screen, Comedy & Improv, Public Communications, Media Relations, News & News Reporting, Mass Communication Law/ Regulation, Fundamentals of Multimedia


SKILLS/ACTIVITIES/AWARDS

Proficient in the use of iNews 6.2, MS Office/ Excel, Adobe Audition and Premier, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.                                  

Awarded scholarships for baseball at Saint Pete College & Nova Southeastern University.
Past contract with Elite Models in Miami/Currently with DAS Models Miami specializing mostly in acting gigs
Received seven letters of interest from Major League Baseball Organizations
Investigative Report on Patient Brokering was published and selected to air on South Florida Journal Nov. 18, 2016  

Dean’s List at Jacksonville State College and Saint Pete College while on baseball scholarship

Broadcast Experience

(Advance to 6:06- 8:51) In this segment I reviewed the action packed series "The Walking Dead". Note the reference to 'my little friend'. This episode just happened to be the mid season premier and it didn't disappoint!

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(Advance to 6:12- 8:32) In this episode of the Scorpion, Toby takes things a little too far in his relationship with Happy. Check in to see if what he did, causes Happy to lose interest in him.

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(Advance to 5:15-6:50)If you're looking for a show that has you on your feet guessing, Lucifer is the TV series for you. In this review, check out to see how jealousy can disrupt relationships.

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(Advance to 3:19-5:14) Sam and Dean continue their search for the Darkness and will find out the only way to take her down is to use the Horn of Joshua which is in Lucifer's possession.

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Infomercials

Flip My Tie is the sponsor

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Xango is the sponsor

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Chiki Buttah is the sponsor

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Total Tie Keep is the sponsor

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Sock Fancy is the sponsor

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Journalism

  

D-BLOCK: McNeil x.5967

TOPIC 1) #FAKEMELANIA CONSPIRACY THEORY IS BACK AGAIN AFTER TRIP TO TORNADO RAVAGED STATE

TOPIC 2) BILL DE BLASIO ANNOUNCES “MEATLESS MONDAYS” FOR NYC SCHOOLS IN ORDER TO “SAVE THE EARTH” (they did this on their podcast and are fired up!)

TOPIC 3) OLIVIA JADE WANTING TO PARTY IN COLLEGE SAYING “SHE HATES SCHOOL” 

GUEST: DIAMOND & SILK, FOX NATION HOSTS ((SKYPE)) 

Topic 1 Background 

** Thousands of Twitter users resurrected a conspiracy theory on Saturday, once again flooding the social media site with memes and jokes about #FakeMelania. This time, the comments came pouring in after pictures emerged of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in Alabama, where the pair were visiting Tornado-ravaged communities, the day before. More than 35,000 tweets helped propel #FakeMelania to a leading position on Twitter Trends by mid-afternoon.

**Monday on ABC “The View”, hosts pondered the meaning of America’s fascination with #FakeMelania memes. The hosts also echoed Twitter discussions over reasons it was or was not the first lady standing by the president’s side as he visited a tornado-hit town in Alabama.

**White House spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, slammed The View over their "shameful" discussion of allegations that FLOTUS has been using a double to replace her at various public appearances, such as one she recently made in Alabama. Grisham noted that Melania had travelled to the tornado-ravaged state to "pay respects and comfort victims" of the disaster, while The View "choose[s] to laugh in the face of tragedy"

**President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused “deranged” media outlets of digitally editing pictures of first lady Melania Trump and fanning the flames of conspiracy theories that the first lady employed a body double last week on the couple’s trip to survey tornado damage in Alabama. 

**Trump has been criticized by some from his use of the word “photoshop”. Considering that hasn’t been made clear if anyone has done that. 

3 INSTANCES WHERE "BODY DOUBLE" HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP:

== October 13, 2017

**The Melania “body double” arose when Melania and Trump were speaking during a press event on the White House lawn. A twitter user, @JoeVargas posted a screenshot of them from the tv and captioned the pic (which ended up going viral)… “This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie”. His tweet was retweeted 60,000 times. From there, the conspiracy of a “Melania body double” started.

== August 24, 2018

**Twitter users speculated that the first lady could be using a stand-in based on footage of Trump and Melania leaving the White House to head to Columbus, Ohio to visit that National Children's hospital and to speak at the Ohio Republican state party dinner

== March 8, 2019

**The Trump’s most recent visit to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. 

Topic 2 Background 

**New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that starting next school year, all schools in the city will have vegetarian meals on Mondays.

**"Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," he said at the news conference Monday. "We're expanding Meatless Mondays to all public schools to keep our lunch and planet green for generations to come."

**The program will provide all-vegetarian breakfasts and lunches to students in New York public schools every Monday in the 2019-20 school year. Parents will be permitted to send lunches containing meat to school with their children.

**Advocates of vegetarianism and plant-based diets say cutting down on meat consumption can improve individual health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

**In 2012, the Department of Agriculture retracted its endorsement of "Meatless Mondays" following backlash from GOP lawmakers and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

**Last year, officials in Berkeley, Calif. voted to require city events and meetings to serve vegan-only food on Mondays.

Topic 3 Background 

Olivia Jade Video:

**Loughlin's kid, YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli who goes to USC, said she didn't 'really care about school' in vid resurfaced amid college scam charges.

**Back in August 2018, Olivia, 19, got herself in hot water after she made some comments on her popular YouTube channel concerning her outlook on college.

**In the video that has surfaced, the social media influencer opened up about graduating from her private high school in California and planning to attend college in the fall. However, the explanation she gave on why she was gearing up to pursue a degree quickly sparked backlash.

**Olivia also has around 1.4 million followers on Instagram

Updates on Olivia/ Isabella(other sister)/ Lori (mom) via Fox News today 

**Lori Loughlin's daughters are still enrolled in the University of Southern California (USC) amid their parents' involvement in a nationwide college admissions scandal.

**USC is conducting a case-by-case review for current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government and will make informed decisions as those reviews are completed.

**Olivia had previously been sponsored by Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Smile Direct Club, Too Faced Cosmetics, Boohoo, and Unilever’s TRESemmé. In the midst of her mother's charges, Olivia has lost some of the lucrative brand-sponsorship deals she had landed over the years. A notable brand, Sephora( Beauty company), told Fox News Thursday it officially ended its partnership with Olivia.

**Her mother, Loughlin, has also suffered careerwise since her arrest. On Thursday, a rep for Crown Media – the umbrella group that includes the Hallmark Channel – confirmed to Fox News that the company cut all ties with the 54-year-old star.

Topic 1 Elements: 

**INTRO SOT- The View on #FakeMelania TRT:25

Behar: Some people think that the first lady is using an imposter to stand in for her. You mean there are two women that have to pretend to listening to him? //That one does not look like her sorry. I wasn’t going to go along with this but that one in that picture does not look like her// Abby: I know you weren’t going to go and now will//Behar: No it’s a different shaped face. When there’s a rumor like this and memes all over the place I think it catches on because there’s an element of truth to the idea that she doesn’t want to spend time with him. 

** FS- Trump/ Melania Alabama last week

**VO- Trump Melania August 2018

**VO Trump/ Melania October 2017 

Topic 2 Elements 

**SOT – Bill De Blasio presser, Monday, TRT :30

This is important on so many levels, but I gotta say, we’re thinking about our kids individually. We want them to be as healthy as they can be. We want them to learn as well as they can learn and meatless Mondays will help. It will create more balance in their lives. We’re talking about our climate, the existential threat, of global warming, this is something we do that’s another contribution to addressing global warming, striking more of a balance in our whole society

Topic 3 Elements: TRT: 11

**SOT- Loughlin daughter- Um and the whole college thing yup I’m going, I’m living in a dorm with a roommate. I do want the experience like game days, partying. I don’t really care about school as you guys all know.



**Below are some examples of my work while attending Florida Atlantic University.


South Florida Journal is a weekly review of South Florida news in podcast form. South Florida Journal focuses on issues and events affecting citizens in Broward and Palm Beach counties.The program is produced by Dr. Kevin Petrich’s RTV 4301 Broadcast Journalism and RTV 4304 Advanced Broadcast Journalism students for nine weeks each spring and fall.


My story was selected to air on South Florida Journal. http://www.fau.edu/scms/sfjournal.php


At the noted site scroll down to (Nov 18, 2016 Patient Brokering). It is an Audio file requiring a download to hear). Note my segment starts at 9:35 minutes into this file.


Nicholas McNeil: Investigative review on : “Two way Patient Brokering”


With Co-Host: Sara Pellitier


Note:In this article my text was comprised of talking points that I expanded upon during the interview.


Date:11/16/16


Talking Points Summary:


Sara: As drug abuse continues to rise in Florida, addicts hoping to turn their lives around will usually look to treatment centers for help. However, a few of these treatment centers may not be as legitimate as they appear, with some currently under investigation for patient brokering. South Florida Journal’s Nick McNeil has been covering the story, and is here to tell us more.


Thank you for joining us, Nick.


Nick: Thank you for having me Sara.


1- So Nick what is Patient Brokering?


  • It is the process of health care facilities reimbursing individuals for bringing them drug addicts….. which is totally against the law.
  • According to the American College of Physicians section 817.505
  • It is unlawful for any health insurance provider to offer or pay any commission, bonus, rebates, or “kickbacks”( term for payment) to these individuals who bring them clients.


I was able to speak to Chief Asst. State attorney Al Johnson and he was able to give me a more in depth description of patient brokering….


(Bite 1: Al Johnson) (11:40)


How can one tell a company is patient brokering?


  • When I visited Ebb Tide Treatment center in West palm Beach was able to talk to Justin Kunzleman …director of business development.
  • Terrible set up… he describes the halfway houses as four walls and a roof just to get people in an out.


(Bite 2 Sergeant)


Sergeant so and so went more in depth on what detectives look for in finding these criminals (Intro to bite)


Sara: So Nick, why is there a problem with this in Florida?


Nick: Well Sara


  • There are 750 treatment centers in FL because obviously Florida has a drug PROBLEM. Out of those 750…250 reside in Palm Beach County.
  • Florida has the eleventh highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country. Hence the fact we have a substantial amount of treatment centers.


(Bite 3 Sergeant)


 4. So why does Palm Beach County seem to be a hotspot for these companies…… twice as much as Dade and Broward counties?


  • Too crowded in Broward and Miami area… want to move north to get away from it all.


5- Sara: So these treatment centers are doing what exactly?


Well Sara, these treatment centers are giving individuals, kickbacks or compensation for bringing them drug addicts.


  • So let’s say for example…. I’m the owner of a treatment center…. I’m talking to you about bringing me someone that I can treat…. In return I pay you 500 bucks, which is against the law… Then I’m out $500. So how do I make that 500 back?……

(Bite 4 Justin Kunzlemen)


6– Sara: Can you explain what recently happened with the ‘Whole Life Recovery’ scenario? And who was involved?


  • James Kigar (CEO) hired Christopher Hutson (for day to day operations)
    • Gave Kigar more time at his yoga studio in Boca
    • Ex con within the same industry makes it easy.


Sara: Well thank you for being here and speaking with us, Nick.


Nick: Thank you for having me, Sara.


Sara: Ending: South Florida Journal’s, Nick McNeil, telling us about patient brokering and the case that involved Whole Life Recovery.



Investigative Story performed on Florida Atlantic's Campus


On December 29, 2016 students at University Park were unaware of what was going to happen that day, a day where all the families involved will never forget.


Nicholas Max Acosta, 19, of Boynton Beach, was shot and killed Tuesday at University Park in his girlfriend’s dorm. This dorm is located down the street from campus. The shooter, Donovan Malik Henry, 19, of Miramar is charged with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm. However, this case is still an open investigation considering there are some suspects that haven’t been brought to justice.


Henry, joined the FAU’s soccer team as a freshman defensive player. He was majoring in civil engineering and sports management. He was named 2014 and 2015 FHSAA All- Broward First Team during his stay at Plantation High.


According to the Sun-Sentinel, Acosta, the deceased,  had two drug related situations with the law. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office deputies detained him twice in 2014 for the possession of marijuana. However, all charges were dropped after he completed a diversion program.


Roberta T (source protected) a junior biology major, who resides at the University Park apartments, said “It was such a tragedy when I had heard what happened, considering I was off campus during that time. All I know is that I couldn’t get into the complex till late that night.” Moments after the shooting, the police and SWAT team had cornered off the whole building making sure no one got in or out.


An officer (source protected), a veteran with the FAU”s campus Police had some interesting things to say about the situation. It was alarming to hear that on a good day FAU will have the lieutenant, sergeant, and four officers on duty. When asked what he means by this he replied “Well we are very short staffed so we need all the help we can get. I spend most of my time patrolling the breezeway making sure students are following the rules.”


The officer contemplates whether or not a sheriff or security guard should be present in the breezeway.


“I get tied up doing this while I could be doing something else, like scouting the apartment complexes. To me the shooting could have been prevented.”


At University Park, they have one security guard and a front desk assistant. Each student has their own key that they have to swipe to get into the doors. However, there is a code to get into the main entrance of the complex. The potential problem is that students share gate codes with other people.


“I mean I share the password with only people I’m really close with, I know it may not help because other people are giving it out to everyone, but at least I’m helping the cause,” RT says.


The halls of University Park have no cameras. “When you look at the complex from outside you would imagine they would, RT states.”


Upark, a term students use, is the upgraded version of all apartments on campus. It is equipped with its own state of the art gym, a pool scenery that looks like one out of a commercial, and even a bar setup. One would imagine with all the amenities this complex has to offer, the school would invest in an upgraded camera system.


Hopefully in the near future, Florida Atlantic University will take action by implementing tighter security rather than trying to make Upark the main attraction of the housing options.

How To Contact Me

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(929) 318-1299