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Sydney Neely

Host and Producer of The Shortcut
Credit: WATN

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sydney Neely is the host and producer for The Shortcut on Local 24.

In addition to joining the Local 24 team, Sydney is also the in-arena host for the University of Memphis Men’s basketball team, the Memphis Hustle and she is in live entertainment with the Memphis Grizzlies.

She is a proud native Memphian who graduated early with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Memphis and received her master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. In New York, she hosted for the Westchester Knicks, produced short documentaries and profiled some of the country’s best athletes.

She has years of experience working with the NBA, two D1 schools, and even covered basketball and sailing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although sports are close to Sydney’s heart, she has covered business, politics, crime and education for the city. She is excited to host The Shortcut and show people a different side of Memphis. She wants to showcase what makes the Bluff City one-of-a-kind.

In her private time, you can catch Sydney hitting the lanes at any local bowling alleyshe was on the bowling team in high schoolor walking by the river.

Story idea? Email Sydney at sneely@localmemphis.com or just say hello!

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