Tom O’Neal Retiring from KTVI, Station Hires Replacement

By Kevin Eck 

“It’s been a great run, and I’ve been very fortunate to work in the same town for 40 years,” Tom O’Neal, said about his plans to retire in July. “It’s hard to beat the wonderful people in St. Louis and the talented people I’ve worked with over the years. I’ll still be around, just taking it a little easier.”

O’Neal (pictured right) anchors the 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. news for St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI. He started at the station in 1990 after working at cross-town NBC affiliate KSDK.

Here he is on his 25th anniversary on January 15.


KTVI also announced it has hired Vic Faust (pictured left) as O’Neal’s replacement.

Faust starts April 13, 2015 as a reporter. He comes to the station from WXYZ in Detroit where he co-anchors the morning and noon news.

“Vic is a great addition to our team,” said Audrey Prywitch, VP and news director of KTVI and KPLR. “As a Saint Louis native, who has lived on both sides of the river, he really knows the area.”

Faust started at WXYZ as a sports anchor and reporter, before moving to weekend news anchor and reporter. He’s also worked at KQTV in St. Joseph, Mo., KMIZ in Columbia, Mo., and KOKI in Tulsa, Okla.