Nathan O’Neal is an award-winning investigative reporter at FOX 9. He joined the FOX 9 Investigators in September 2021 to focus on in-depth and accountability journalism.
Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, Nathan worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico at KOB-TV. He was named a 2020 National Health Journalism Fellow with the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism. During his time in New Mexico, Nathan produced a news documentary highlighting the disparities on the Navajo Nation at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. His reporting was recognized with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. His investigations also exposed widespread failures within New Mexico’s police oversight agency which led to ongoing efforts to overhaul how it handles police misconduct investigations.
Nathan also reported in Las Vegas, Nevada at KSNV. He was among the first reporters on the ground during the Las Vegas mass shooting – and his reporting was recognized with both a Regional Murrow award and Emmy award. Later that year he would also cover the Vegas Golden Knights’ historic run to the Stanley Cup Final and lead coverage of the state’s launch of recreational marijuana.
Nathan got his professional start at KVOA in Tucson, Ariz., shortly after graduating college. He graduated in 2012 with a combined Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Master of Mass Communication degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. A documentary he produced about immigration and borderland issues in the Dominican Republic was honored with a Robert F. Kennedy Award in Journalism. He also spent time in Washington, D.C. interning with ABC’s "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." He is an alumnus of the Institute on Political Journalism.
Nathan grew up in the small mining community of Globe, Arizona. He’s a ‘pretty decent’ cook, can make homemade tortillas and can be found exploring the outdoors with his very needy beagle Vosot.
Across Minnesota, some landlords have taken advantage of a loophole to bypass one of the last remaining pandemic protections against evictions. The maneuver does not require any proof the tenant broke any rules or did anything wrong.
The Bemidji Police Department released several new images in hopes of stirring up leads to locate 15-year-old Nevaeh Kingbird, who has been missing since October.
While the rate of carjackings in Minneapolis has dropped in recent weeks, the city remains on pace for yet another record-breaking year.
Across the country and in communities throughout Minnesota, affected families and communities observed a national day of awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous relatives.
The newly formed Minnesota Office for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives was created to provide a lifeline for families searching for their loved ones. But the director told our investigative team that her office lacks the law enforcement authority required for them to access data needed to track and understand one the state's most troubling and long-neglected problems.
After a record-breaking year for carjackings in the Twin Cities, state lawmakers are considering a proposal that would establish carjacking as a distinct crime, and set mandatory prison sentences for violators.
The epidemic of missing and murdered Native American women has been largely ignored for generations across the country. However, for many affected indigenous communities, the problem is deeply personal.
Last year was a record year of carjackings in the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis bearing the brunt of most carjacking crimes in 2021.
A majority of inspections conducted at tattoo parlors across Minnesota and in Minneapolis resulted in violations of the law, according to a FOX 9 Investigators analysis.
Minneapolis police are investigating at least 75 separate carjackings for the month of December alone. One young family was carjacked at gunpoint at their home in south Minneapolis by a group of apparent teenagers.