Sandra McNeill

sandramcneill Sandra McNeillAfter graduating from the University of Michigan, Sandra McNeill started her career as a newspaper reporter in a small town in England called Wokingham.  Her daily walk to the police station to find out what was happening that day invariably came up with the reply, “We don’t have crime like you do in America!”

She went on to a stint at Metro Traffic as a traffic reporter on several major Detroit area radio stations, doing reports for several years from a small airplane.  Sandra then went back into news for the Metro Networks wire service, where she worked her way up to News Bureau Chief.

Sandra now writes and reports at WWJ Newsradio 950, where her favorite stories are simply talking to people.

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‘Tongue In Cheek’ Brad Ausmus ‘Wife Beater’ Now Available

First a slip of the tongue — now a t-shirt.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/20/2014

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Greenfield Village Center Of Filming For New Web TV Show

They are a mission to document Americana and prove that the American Dream is not dead …

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/19/2014

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Kyle Beckerman #5 of the United States Men's National Team in action against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

World Cup Soccer Fans Logging Screen Time, Cheering On Team USA

The world has been going crazy this week for the World Cup and some local fans are putting in a lot of time watching the games, too.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/18/2014

A Detroit police officer and her husband shot to death in their home on Kinloch Street in Redford Township in what police are calling a possible murder/ suicide. (WWJ/Sandra McNeill)

Detroit Police Officer Killed In Apparent Murder-Suicide

Detroit police have lost one of their own.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/12/2014

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Castroneves Collects Win, Fans Give Belle Isle Grand Prix Big Thumbs Up

An enthusiastic crowd of race-goers attended Sunday’s Grand Prix race on Belle Isle.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/01/2014

Think You Can Swim? Red Cross Says Half Don’t Meet Swimming Standards

A survey conducted by the Red Cross showed that the majority of Americans say that they have what it takes to be strong swimmers, but 54 percent can’t display critical water safety skills.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/23/2014

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DPS Holds Teacher Hiring Fair

The Detroit Public Schools say there is a critical need for teachers in the district, so a hiring fair was held to fill the ranks.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/22/2014

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Scio Residents Fear Oil Drilling In Township Could Contaminate Their Drinking Water

It’s a debate raging in Washtenaw County … to drill or not to drill?

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/19/2014

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The Adventure Park In West Bloomfield: An Obstacle Course Hung In The Trees

While I found the challenge exhilarating, not everyone was as impressed. High schooler Eric Bixby said he liked it, but he won’t be back any time soon.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/09/2014

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Former Neo-Nazi Skinhead To Speak At Holocaust Memorial Center

Now a motivational speaker, Frank Meeink says his message is about empathy for others, regardless of religion or race.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/08/2014

Film Shows Detroit In Its Best Light – Past And Present

The film is the brainchild of former accountant Anthony Broughton, a proud graduate of Cass Tech High School.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/05/2014


Thomas Video To Close Its Doors After 40 Years Of Business

It’s the end of an era for a video store in Clawson that catered to film buffs.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/02/2014

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Proposed Bill Would Outlaw ‘Revenge Porn’ In Michigan

State Senator Rick Jones has co-sponsored legislation making it illegal to post sexually graphic pictures of someone without their written permission.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/01/2014

Video arraignment of Nicholas Spirdione. (WWJ/Sandra McNeill)

Torture, Child Abuse Among Charges In Beating Of 6-Month-Old

It was a heartbreaking arraignment, with the baby’s mother sobbing throughout the proceedings.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/29/2014

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Detroit Police “April Showers” Raids Bring Multiple Arrests

Detroit Police working all night to round-up drug dealers and parole violators… for “Operation April Showers.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/24/2014

Developer Alex Pereira in front of his Lorax property. (WWJ/Sandra McNeill)

‘The Lorax’ Inspires Developer In Fight Against Detroit Blight

The former boarding house was in such bad shape that all he could salvage were the four walls, the carved wood banister and some leaded windows.

97.1 The Ticket–04/22/2014

Nepalese mountaineer, Dawa Tashi Sherpa, survivor of an avalanche on Mount Everest, lies in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Grandi International Hospital in Kathmandu on April 18, 2014. At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers were killed by an avalanche in the most deadly mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak, officials and rescuers say. The men were among a large party of Sherpas carrying tents, food and ropes who headed out in bright sunshine in an early morning expedition ahead of the main climbing season starting later this month. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

Everest Climber Knew Many Of The Sherpa Guides Killed In Avalanche

The world’s highest mountain has seen its deadliest-ever disaster Friday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/18/2014

Left to right:  April Lynn Cooper, Sandra Gale Cooper, Shantell Danne Collins, Delwar Miah, Shah Abullais Khalish. (credit: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

$3M In Victoria’s Secret Products Among Items Stolen In Massive Retail Fraud Ring

Five people have been arrested, including a mother-daughter Macomb County team.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

A man who struck a boy with his pickup truck was beaten by a crowd near this corner gas station, police said. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit Nurse Hailed A Hero; Stepping In To Stop The Attack On Driver Beaten By Mob

Deborah Hughes stepped in while Utash was being attacked and told the men who were kicking and beating him on the ground to stop.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/05/2014

Cass Tech students play ball at the old Tiger Stadium site. (credit: Sandra McNeil/WWJ)

Old Tiger Stadium Site Still Popular With Fans, In This Life And Beyond

“We’ve found bone fragments and ashes again and again…”

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/04/2014

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Compelling Stories Tie Medical Marijuana To Relief From Symptoms Of Trauma, Disease

The Mayor of the tiny town of Montrose, Michigan put in a plug for medical marijuana dispensaries as a State Senate committee takes testimony on a bill Tuesday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/11/2014

Spirits Move Valentine Distilling To Open Second Location

Rifino Valentine started Valentine Distilling company in 2008, in the depths of the recession.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/07/2014

Police: ‘Bonnie And Clyde’ Team Arrested For String Of Oakland County Break-Ins

The couple are believed to have been stealing to fuel a drug habit.

CBS Detroit–03/06/2014

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 23: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings shoots the puck against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on December 23, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Nick Lidstrom Will Never Forget Epic Stanley Cup Celebrations In Detroit

“Enjoy the moment, enjoy the NHL, enjoy being a Red Wing, and take it all in,” Lidstrom said.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/05/2014

Fat Tuesday Has Everyone Packing Paczki For The Day

Dave Tinney drove 30 minutes each way from Fairhaven to the new Martha Washington Bakery in Hamtramck just to pick up four dozen paczki.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/03/2014

It’s ‘The A-Word’: Group Works To Stop Arabic Slurs Against Black People

They’re taking to social media to urge local Muslims to stop using the word “abeed.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/26/2014


Court Will Hear Arguments Seeking To Overturn Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

State Attorney General Bill Schuette states that the ban is to ensure that relations benefit, rather than harm, society and threatens to appeal if the ban is overturned.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/24/2014

White Castle is ready for Valentine's Day. (WWJ/Sandra McNeill)

It’s Valentine’s Day! Have You Made Reservations At White Castle?

White Castle’s Daina Ford says many locations like the one in Ferndale are filled up on reservations for the meal and many are repeat customers.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/14/2014

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What’s Curling All About? Find Out In Person This Weekend

It’s your chance to see one of the oddest Olympic sports up close and personal.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/14/2014

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Man Gets Final Wish, Has Funeral In A Homemade Pine Box At Taylor Bar

His friend Robert Guzman says Lehr wanted to be buried like a “cowboy in the 1800s,” so he and a few friends built him a special pine box where he was laid out in front of the stage.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/13/2014



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