His newspaper career started as a photo intern for the Detroit News in 1980. Neill replaces Randy Hammer, who announced his retirement last week.
In his new job, Neill will also be regional East Group president of the Carolinas, overseeing Asheville and the Greenville News in South Carolina.
Asheville's Monday-Saturday circulation is 30,000, and Sunday is 45,000, according to the March 31 AAM report. (Circulation lookup database.)