Brian North

POSTED: 1:35 PM Jun 04 2012   UPDATED: 4:32 PM May 26 2014

Brian was born and raised in upstate New York, in the small town of Hartford, where he grew up on a dairy farm. He played soccer, basketball, and baseball (we were so small we didn't have football) and graduated from Hartford Central School in 1988. Brian graduated from James Madison University in 1992 with honors. He majored in communications with a concentration in broadcasting and a minor in coaching.

Brian's first job in television was at WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va. from 1992-98 as the weekend sports anchor and sports reporter. He won the golden Viddy Award in 1997 for outstanding sports feature. He also anchored and produced the "VMI Sports Magazine" from 1994-98 which aired regionally on HTS and Sportssouth.

Brian was hired at WCTI in September of 1998 as the sports director and he has won the award for best sportscast three times (2005, 2006, 2007). His favorite memories include covering the many high school state championship teams, ACC Tournaments, and Daytona 500's. Brian still get chills thinking about standing on the fringe of the 18th green at Pinehurst in

1999 and watching Payne Stewart hit the putt to win the U.S. Open, and covering the ECU football team's upset up Miami in Raleigh while all of eastern North Carolina was dealing with the floods from Hurricane Floyd.

Brian also covered the Panthers trip to Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in

2004 and was also along for the ride when UNC won the 2005 NCAA basketball championship. He has also been to numerous college football bowl games involving teams from the state of North Carolina. One of Brian's toughest days at WCTI was at the 2001 Daytona 500. He was standing on the pit wall when Dale Earnhardt was killed on the final lap of the race.

Brian is proud to bring all the big and little sports moments to the viewers of eastern North Carolina, and he will continue to put forth the great effort to make sure your team and sport gets the coverage it deserves.



Brian's Most Recent Stories

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N.C. State has rare Friday ACC game with Virginia Tech

N.C. State will play in a Friday ACC game for the first time since 1995 when the Pack square off with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

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UNC to wear black uniforms for first time ever on Dec. 19

The North Carolina basketball team got a big surprise with the unveiling of black uniforms.

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Havelock-West Craven highlights big night of football

Havelock and West Craven meet with major implications on the line. It's the highlight of Week 8 of the highs school football season.

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Pirates making plans to put down defense vs. BYU

While the offense has gotten a lot of attention, ECU coach Ruffin McNeill has been proud of the way his defense has played. They will be tested Saturday at BYU.

(img1)10-8-15 West Craven vs Havelock preview

West Craven looking to end Havelock's recent success in series

Havelock and West Craven usually meet in the final game of the season. This year, they'll meet on Friday in what could be a preview of the state playoffs. Havelock has won every game since 2009 and the Eagles want to change that.

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ECU coach taking "business-like approach" to game at BYU

ECU coach Ruffin McNeill is on the cover of this week's Business North Carolina magazine. The Pirates are gearing up for their road game in Provo, Utah on Saturday vs BYU.

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Duke, Brandon Ingram getting in shape for start of season

The Duke Blue Devils are working hard as they begin defense of their national title in about a month. Former Kinston High School star Brandon Ingram is doing his part to make sure his new team is ready.

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Former Southwest Onslow star kicker receives honor

Former Southwest Onslow High School kicker Zach Matics earned an honor for his performance last Saturday for Appalachian State against Wyoming.

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ECU prepares for longest road trip, still using two QB system

The East Carolina football team will make its longest road trip of the season on Saturday when it heads to BYU. The two-man quarterback rotation worked well again at SMU as James Summers and Blake Kemp helped the team pick up a win.

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Northside Jacksonville forfeits four wins due to ineligible player

Northside-Jacksonville had to forfeit four wins due to an ineligible player on Tuesday. The team enters East Central Conference play with an 0-6 record. Also, Riverside improved to 4-2 with its win over Bertie and the latest NewsChannel 12 high school football poll is out.


Area high school football team forfeits 4 wins

Ineligible player used in first half of the season causes team to forfeit four wins.

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Four area football players selected to Shrine Bowl

Four players from the NewsChannel 12 viewing area are selected to the Shrine Bowl.

ECU Baseball

2016 ECU baseball schedule released

ECU baseball schedule features 32 home games.

Montese Overton

ECU senior and Pitt County native honored for his play

ECU senior Montese Overton named AAC Defensive Player of the Week.

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Rain not keeping people from Seafood Festival

The 29th annual North Carolina Seafood Festival is going strong despite the rain. Food, rides and more are there for people to enjoy.

(img1)The Blitz Week 7 Thursday edition

The Blitz Week 7 Thursday edition

Several area schools had bye weeks and didn't have to deal with the rainy weather this week. But 10 games were played Thursday. Highlighting them all was Swansboro at West Craven.

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The Blitz Week 7 scores and highlights

Here are the statewide scores and highlights from a rainy Week 7 of The Blitz.

The Blitz Week 6 scores and highlights

Here are the statewide scores and highlights from a rainy Week 6 of The Blitz.

Walker Howard TD run

Autistic student scores big for South Lenoir

Walker Howard is senior on South Lenoir's football team.  Walker wears number 86, but rarely gets to play.  That changed Thursday night when the senior was allowed to carry the ball in the fourth quarter and ran 65 yards for a touchdown.

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Sports Tuesday September 29th

Walker Howard TD

Special player scores special TD

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Tuesday is final night of Week 6 of high school schedule

Three games are on tap Tuesday as the sixth week of the high school football schedule finally wraps up. We also roll out our latest NewsChannel 12 poll.

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The Blitz Week 6 edition Segment 1 Monday night football

J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley highlight a full night of highlights in this segment of The Blitz Monday night football edition.

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The Blitz Week 6 edition Segment 2 Monday night football

Northside vs. Jones Senior highlights the second segment of The Blitz Week 6 Monday night football edition. We also have the schedule for the three remaining games, which will be played on Tuesday.

(img1)9-28-15 ECU Report

Summers makes QB position stronger for Pirates

James Summers emerged as a star in last Saturday's 35-28 win for the Pirates against Virginia Tech. But he's not going to exactly take over the role as Blake Kemp and Summers together give ECU some extra options at quarterback.

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The Blitz Week 6 Friday edition

With rainy weather forcing some games to Thursday, Monday and Tuesday, there were still a few games left to play on Friday.

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ECU game will be on WCTI-Ch. 12 for first time since 1972

When you watch the Pirates host the Hokies on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NewsChannel 12, it'll be the first time ECU has been on a broadcast on ABC since 1972 when the Pirates faced The Citadel. Thanks to Greg Burke (class of 1974) for the photos. The first one is of Carl Summerell, the ECU starting quarterback during the 1972 season.

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ECU continues preparation for Saturday vs. Virginia Tech

The East Carolina football team continues preparations for Saturday's home game with Virginia Tech. The game is sold out but you can watch it on WCTI-Ch. 12 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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White Oak boys' soccer picks up rare win over Jacksonville

It's been 2005 since the White Oak boys' soccer team beat Jacksonville. But that changed when the two teams met Tuesday.

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Bulked up Jimmy Williams making impact for Pirates

East Carolina may be struggling a bit but you can’t blame that on former Washington High School star Jimmy Williams. His performance so far this season has caught the eye of the Pirates’ head coach.

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James Kenan looking good but Havelock still leads poll

James Kenan picked up an impressive win over East Carteret last Friday in conference play. They'll host Princeton this Friday ranked second in the latest NewsChannel 12 high school football poll.

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ECU turns focus to Virginia Tech after loss to Navy

East Carolina now turns it focus to Virginia Tech after the Pirates lost at Navy last Saturday.

The Blitz Week 5 scores and highlights

Here are the statewide scores from Week 5 of the high school football season. Click here to see them as well as segments of The Blitz.

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Week 5 The Blitz First Segment

The first segment of Week 5 of The Blitz features highlights from the big games featuring James Kenan at East Carteret, West Craven at D.H. Conley and Northside-Jacksonville at Havelock.

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Week 5 The Blitz Second Segment

The second segment of Week 5 of The Blitz has highlights from Farmville Central at Greene Central, J.H. Rose at Rocky Mount and more.

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The Blitz Week 5 Third Segment

The third segment of The Blitz has highlights from Kinston at Southern Wayne, Roanoke Rapids at Washington and more.

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Ayden-Grifton vs. Farmville Central highlights busy fifth week

Ayden-Grifton lost its first two games of the year but has bounced back with two impressive wins. They squared off against Pamlico County on Friday.

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East Carolina hopes to reverse trend vs. Navy

ECU has struggled in the past with Navy, losing three of their four career matchups. The last one came in 2012. The Pirates hope to reverse things Saturday.

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Pirates need to put up points, ground it out against Navy

Although East Carolina is a 4.5-point favorite, the Pirates know they'll have to score a lot of points against Navy. That means running backs like Chris Hairston will have to have a better performance than they did last week at Florida.

(img1)9-17-15 West Craven vs DH Conley preview

West Craven hopes to continue solid start with win at D.H. Conley

West Craven High School's football team is off to its best start since 2008. They will have a tough task on Friday at D.H. Conley.

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ECU's American Athletic Conference opener will be a tough one

When East Carolina's football team takes the field on Saturday in its American Athletic Conference opener, it will do so against newcomer Navy, a team the Pirates are only 1-4 against in history.

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East Carteret seeking different outcome than what happened in 2006

The East Carteret High School football team is off to its first 4-0 start since 2006. That season, the Mariners hosted a really good Duplin County team, Wallace-Rose Hill, and lost. The Mariners are hosting James Kenan, a really good Duplin County team, this Friday.

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Pirates know they'll be tested against always-tough Navy

The schedule doesn't get easier for East Carolina as the Pirates go to Navy this Saturday.

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Havelock's big win keeps Rams No. 1 in latest poll

Havelock's come-from-behind win over J.H. Rose last Friday keeps the Rams No. 1 in the latest NewsChannel 12 high school football poll.

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ECU coach likes the way his team responded against Florida

The Pirates had their up-and-down moments in their first road game of the year against Florida. Despite rallying from a double-digit lead only to lose by seven, ECU coach Ruffin McNeill liked what he saw.