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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DH Conley football coach talks about one-year suspension

Brian Paschal talks about the allegations of recruiting and the one-year suspension handed down by the NCHSAA.

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Smithsonian teaming up with Carteret County museum for temporary sports exhibit

Core Sound Waterfowl museum will host Down east and Smithsonian sports memorabilia and we have a sneak peek.

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East beats West in football; ECU picks up another verbal commitment

Boykin leads East to win in high school all-star game.  And ECU football gets second commitment in two weeks from Duplin County star.

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Jones Senior hires new basketball coach; ACC football projected finish

Marlins in action again, Kinston hosting Cal Ripken regional tournament, Jones hires Morgan as new coach, and media picks how they think ACC football teams will finish.

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N.C. veterans guarding recruiting office following Chattanooga shooting

Military veterans in N.C. guard a recruiting center while law continues to prohibit military personnel from having guns for domestic law enforcement.

Jacque Brown

Kinston close to getting minor league baseball; local basketball star wins East-West MVP

The city of Kinston is one step closer to getting minor league baseball again.  And a former East Carteret star wins MVP honors at the East-West All-Star Game.

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Minor league baseball one step closer to returning to Kinston

Kinston City Council approves a lease with a minor league group.

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Paschal suspended, ECI begins, Marlins heating up

NCHSAA suspends DH Conley coach one year; the East Coast Invitational basketball tournament begins in Jacksonville, and the Marlins win their 4th in a row.

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Duplin County softball teams win state titles; several teams participate in big 7 on 7 jamboree

Two Duplin County softball teams capture Dixie softball state titles, while Morehead City Marlins win their third straight game.

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Pharoh talks football; U.S. Open returning to Pinehurst

Former Havelock star takes center stage at SEC Media Day, and Pinehurst will host U.S. Open for the fourth time

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History of deck collapses along the coast, and inspection policies

Several decks of coastal homes have collapsed in the last 14 years.  We went through our archives to find out how many, and investigate the policy for inspections on existing decks.

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John "Helicopter" Humphrey hosting basketball game

Former West Carteret High School and AND1 star hosting basketball game in Morehead City

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Reggie Bullock traded by Suns

Former Kinston high school and UNC star headed to his third NBA team in three  years.

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Jaime McCutcheon says good bye to anchoring

Jaime McCutcheon anchors her final 5:30 newscast as she moves into a management position at WCTI.

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Saturday June 6th sports, local teams rally for state titles

North Duplin and DH Conley rally in must win games to capture state titles

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Softball state championships underway

North Duplin and DH Conley open state championship series

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East Carteret gets championship rings; SW Onslow retires two football jerseys

Rings for the Mariners, retired jerseys for the Stallions, a big weekend for the Rebels and Vikings, and a tough home loss for the Marlins


High School Softball State Championship Schedules

North Duplin and DH Conley softball teams finally know where they will play for state titles.

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MHC Marlins and NC State fall, while softball teams wait to find out where they play

NC State blows a big lead in the regionals, while the Marlins drop their third straight.

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North Duplin headed to states, and the Havelock Legends dinner is a success

Rebels win first ever eastern regional title, NCAA regionals underway, and Havelock gets former football stars together for a fund raiser

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Thursday May 28th Sports

DH Conley advances to the 4A state championship series, and the Morehead City Marlins are off to a strong start.

Shark Caught Dreyfus

Six foot shark caught along Atlantic Beach identified

An aquarist identifies the type of shark caught along the Bogue Banks on Memorial Day, and tells us if there is any danger.

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Swansboro gets ready for soccer state title game

Swansboro girls soccer team is trying to win its first 3A state title, and fifth overall.

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Wednesday May 26th local sports wrap up

DH Conley and North Duplin win their eastern regional openers, while the Division 3 Junior College World Series finishes up in Kinston.

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Kickoff times set for four ECU football games

Pirates open their season September 5th with a night game.

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Tuesday May 26th Sports

Swansboro girls soccer wins a thriller and JuCo College World Series winds down in Kinston.

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ECU baseball headed to NCAA Tournament

Pirates get first trip to the big dance in three years.

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Area teams advance to state semi-finals, while NC State gets dramatic win

DH Conley, North Duplin and Northside softball teams advance to eastern regional finals, while NC State advances to the ACC tournament title game

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ECU Baseball with another last at bat win, area teams advance in high school playoffs

Pirates win AAC Tournament opener in the bottom of the 9th, Swansboro and Lejeune soccer, and Northside softball advance in state playoffs.

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High School baseball, softball and soccer teams advance in the playoffs

Several teams keep their championship hopes alive as they advance to the fourth round.

Cliff Godwin

Pirates Earn AAC Awards; H.S. Baseball Coach Steps Down

ECU's head coach and two players are honored by the AAC, while one high school baseball coach steps down after 31 years.

George Whitfield

High School Playoffs Continue, football coaching changes, and local golfer in contention on PGA

Parrott is one win away from a title, three high schools changing football coaches, and ECU gets 35th win.

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The high school playoffs continue, and lots of close college baseball games

East Carteret and ECU win, while UNC, NC State and Duke lose close games.

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APA wins a thriller, while playoffs get in full swing for baseball, softball and soccer

Parrott advances to the state finals in dramatic fashion, while area public schools play first round baseball, softball and soccer games

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ECU baseball beats Elon; Northside-Jax advances in lacrosse playoffs

Pirates send seniors out a winner, while high school golf state champions are crowned.

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Friday May 8th sports: Lacrosse playoffs, softball showdown & track state championships

Big games in the beginning of May, including in college baseball

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Local NFL star signs with new team

Bruce Carter signs free agent deal


State chamionship schedules released

Four teams in NewsChannel 12 coverage area playing for state titles


H.S. basketball regional schedules

12 teams from the NewsChannel 12 viewing area playing in state quarterfinals

Beth Fairchild

Going Viral: Stomp Out Breast Cancer Monday

A woman with metastatic breast cancer is trying to get her message to go viral.

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New LeClair Classic baseball schedule

LeClair Classic baseball schedule changed because of weather

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Seniors enjoy Valentine's party

Annual party puts love in the air for the young at heart


ECU football coaching changes

Ruffin McNeill announces new offensive coordinator

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Carl Long, former Negro League player and a barrier-breaker, dies

He was a man of firsts in Eastern North Carolina. On Monday, Carl Long passed away at a care facility in Greenville.  He was 79 years old.

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No More CF Telethon at WCTI

Cystic Fibrosis Telethon ends after 37 year run

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ECU loses in thriller

Pirates rally late, but Bearcats pull out victory in final minute


ECU finds out where media thinks it will finish

ECU picked to finish fourth in first AAC season


NCHSAA announces latest Hall of Fame class

Two former coaches from the NewsChannel 12 viewing area selected


Preseason All-ACC team announced

Four Blue Devils and one Tar Heel make the list

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Latest ECU Hall of Fame class announced

Four new members will be inducted into the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame