Mr. Neal L. Spelce, Jr.
Neal Spelce is a Distinguished Graduate of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. He has either interviewed, photographed, or associated with presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. He received the nation’s highest award for radio reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Headliners First Place Award for “outstanding television news reporting.” Additionally, the Austin Headliners Club honored him for his courage and bravery in reporting live from the UT Austin campus during the coverage of the sniper, Charles Whitman.
Mr. Spelce was recently recognized when the Moody College named the Neal Spelce Broadcast Journalism Studio in his honor. He has donated to the Briscoe Center his personal papers as well as more than 300 90-second TV vignettes about America that his company produced and placed in more than 100 U.S. markets under the titles of “An American Moment™ with Charles Kuralt” and then, following Kuralt’s death, “An American Moment™ with James Earl Jones.” He currently operates an active communications consultancy and writes about Austin and Texas in his online newsletter, The Neal Spelce Austin Letter (www.AustinLetter.com).