Neal is the Supervising Editor of NPR's Elections Unit. In that role, he oversees the network's coverage of the 2012 elections. This includes working closely with NPR's team of correspondents, producers, editors, and Member Station reporters, as well as planning NPR's special reports on Election 2012 events.
In December 2012, Carruth will transition to Senior Business Editor and lead NPR's newly defined Business Desk. He will also work closely with NPR's Planet Money team.
Most recently, Neal was the Supervising Senior Producer of NPR's All Things Considered, where he managed daily production of the newsmagazine.
Neal joined NPR in 1999, as an intern on the Cultural Desk, working closely with editor Tom Cole, and correspondents Lynn Neary and Brooke Gladstone (now the co-host of On the Media).
After a brief stint as a temporary production assistant on Morning Edition, Neal worked on Weekend Edition Sunday from 2000 until 2004. While at the program, Neal booked guests, produced the weekly "Voices in the News" segment, and worked in the field with former host Liane Hansen. Among his favorite interviews were Liane's tour of the Gettysburg battlefield with Civil War historian James McPherson and Liane's conversation with Anne Rice (at the novelist's creepy New Orleans mansion) just after the death of Rice's husband.
In the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election, Neal worked on NPR's Elections Unit, directing live coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions and producing live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates. Neal also produced NPR's nine-hour-long, coast-to-coast Election Night special.
After the election, Neal moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a segment producer and line producer on Day to Day.
While at Day to Day, Neal returned to Washington briefly in 2005 and 2006 to produce live coverage of the confirmation hearings of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. The special coverage was co-hosted by Neal Conan and Nina Totenberg.
In early 2006, Neal worked as the producer at NPR's Baghdad Bureau, working with the Iraqi staff, as well as NPR correspondents. Neal was part of the team that won the 2007 Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Silver Baton award for its coverage of Iraq.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, Neal majored in psychology.