7616 Channel 16 Way
Jackson, MS 39209
Mike Neelly is the president and general manager of 16 WAPT-TV. He was appointed to the post in January 2016.
Prior to returning to his home state, he spent nearly 18 years working for Hearst TV stations in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH, serving as news director in Cincinnati and Louisville for more than 15 years. Prior to Hearst, Mike worked in Fort Myers, FL, and Portland, ME after starting his broadcast career right here in Jackson. His roots are in definitely in Mississippi. Mike was born in Meridian, and his family is from North Mississippi – primarily the Grenada, Oxford and Tupelo areas. Mike also received his degree in English from the University of Mississippi.
He currently lives in the greater Jackson area with his wife and 2 youngest children. He is a member of the Jackson Rotary Club, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters.