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

(img1)Week 4: The Blitz First Segment

The Blitz Week 15 state playoff scores and highlights

It's the third week of the high school football postseason. Here are the Week 15 high school football scores and segments of The Blitz.

Charles Harris

November 25th 11 pm sports

Greene Central picked up its first win of the year by going into Washington and beating the Pam Pack.  And Brandon Ingram came off the bench to help Duke rally and beat Yale.

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Pirates, Panthers continue prep for next games

East Carolina continues to prepare for Cincinnati while the Panthers are ready to square off against the Dallas Cowboys. That and more on North Carolina's win are in the 6 p.m. sports report.

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Rose says it'll be ready for rematch with Conley

J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley will meet for the fifth time in three seasons and for the second time in the playoffs. The Vikings won this year's regular-season meeting, the only loss for Rose.

White Oak High, UNC alum Quincy Monk passes away

Quincy Monk, a former White Oak High School, UNC and NFL player, who was battling cancer has died.

Kyran Bowman dunk

Havelock & Northside basketball in a wild game; New Bern/West Craven wrestling

Havelock's boys basketball team won a shootout over Northside-Jacksonville in the season opener between the two teams.  The Northside girls, and Jacksonville girls picked up road wins.  And New Bern's wrestling team grappled with West Craven.

Havelock's Pharoh Cooper to go pro; Quincy Monk passes away

Havelock High School alum Pharoh Cooper will turn pro after South Carolina plays Clemson on Saturday. East Carolina is also prepping for Cincinnati, Carolina is gearing up for Dallas and former White Oak standout Quincy Monk passes away.

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The Blitz Week 14 edition

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ECU preps for Cincinnati; Quinton Coples released by Jets

East Carolina is preparing to face Cincinnati in a game it has to win to be bowl eligible. Also, Quinton Coples is released by the Jets and the Panthers improve to 10-0, all in the 6 p.m. sports report.

(img1)Week 4: The Blitz First Segment

The Blitz Week 14 state playoff scores and highlights

It's the second week of the high school football postseason. Here are the Week 14 high school football scores and segments of The Blitz.

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Familiar foes Kinston, Ayden-Grifton meet in second round

Conference opponents Kinston and Ayden-Grifton meet for the second time this season in the high school football playoffs.

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ECU women's basketball team wins on third annual Education Day

The East Carolina women's basketball team had a record crowd watch the team beat Presbyterian during the third annual Education Day.

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Pirates get much-needed win at UCF

The East Carolina football team got a much-needed boost with a win at Central Florida on Thursday. It was also a big night for quarterback Blake Kemp and receiver Isaiah Jones.

(img1)Week 4: The Blitz First Segment

The Blitz Week 13 edition

UNC fans

UNC & NC State get home wins, Wake Forest & LCC drop home games

UNC and NC State picked up home wins, while Wake dropped its first game of the season, and LCC started a new era at the Sportatorium.  And Washington High School's soccer team is ready for the state title game.

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Jones Senior football coach hoping to extend season, his career

The Jones Senior High School football team will travel to Riverside in the second round of the state playoffs. Trojans head coach John Davis, who announced earlier in the season he would retire at the end of this season, is hoping that won't come too soon.

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'Ground up' approach puts Washington in soccer state finals

The Washington Pam Pack boys soccer team made school history by advancing to the Class 2-A state championships after beating Dixon, 3-2, on Tuesday.

(img1)11-17-15 Cam Newton dance flap

Tennesse players, fans don't appreciate Cam's dancing

Cam Newton drew the ire of Titans fans and players with his celebration dancing when he scored a touchdown during Sunday's game. One fan even wrote a nasty letter to The Charlotte Observer.

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Duke football dismisses three players from team

Duke football coach David Cutcliffe has dismissed three players from the team, including wide receiver Johnell Barnes, the team's second leading receiver.

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Two area high school hoops stars make decisions on future

Dixon High School's Matt Elmore and Northside Pinetown's Edrice Adebayo made their intentions clear where they will be playing college basketball next season.

(img1)11-16-15 ECU football preview

Pirates not feeling pressure to win heading to winless UCF

East Carolina will be on the road for a Thursday night game at winless Central Florida. ECU needs to win its final two games to become bowl eligible

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Panthers making more history with win over Titans

In the 21-year history of the Carolina Panthers, the team has never started the season 9-0. Until now.

(img1)Week 4: The Blitz First Segment

The Blitz Week 13 state playoff scores and highlights

It's the postseason and the state playoffs are underway. Here are the Week 13 high school football scores and segments of The Blitz.

(img1)11-12-15 New Bern v DH Conley preview

New Bern, D.H. Conley meet in playoffs after previous encounter

The high school football playoffs begin Friday and one of the more familiar games pits New Bern against D.H. Conley. The two teams met three weeks ago with the Vikings winning, 56-30.

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Panthers hit the road for first time in month vs. Titans

The unbeaten Panthers will try to keep their 8-0 momentum going when they hit the road for the first time in a month on Sunday against the Titans.

(img1)11-11-15 UNC's next game

Tar Heels seeking first-ever spot in ACC title game

The North Carolina football team will play in the ACC Championship if it can beat Miami on Sunday. The Heels have won eight straight.

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Winston-Salem State going for 11th CIAA crown

The Winston-Salem State football team will be going for its 11th CIAA title when it takes on Bowie State in Durham on Saturday. Five area former high school football players are on the WSSU team.

(img1)11-10-15 Final Blitz poll

Final NewsChannel 12 poll has unbeaten teams at top

The final NewsChanel 12 high school football poll features the two unbeaten teams in our area at the top: Havelock and Kinston (with Tavon Harris pictured).

(img1)Week 4: The Blitz First Segment

The Blitz Week 12 edition

(img1)11-9-15 Panthers sign flap

Panthers QB takes Packers sign, owner of it not happy

Cam Newton said he was protecting his house by taking the "North Carolina Cheeseheads" banner during Sunday's game. The owner of the banner said it was theft and pressed charges.

(img1)11-9-15 ECU football woes

Pirates go into bye week struggling for a win

The ECU football team has lost three straight and four of its last five. It's the worst losing streak in head coach Ruffin McNeill's six years as coach.

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Tar Heels win eighth straight, crush Duke, aim for ACC title game

North Carolina won its eighth straight by crushing Duke, 66-31, on Saturday. The Heels can clinch a spot in the ACC Championship with a win over Miami on Saturday.

(img1)11-7-15 ECU vs USF final prep

Pirates in must-win situation for rest of season

The East Carolina Pirates need to win two of their last three games to be bowl eligible. That quest begins Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at home against South Florida.

(img1)9-4-15 The Blitz Week 3 First Segment

The Blitz Week 12 scores and highlights

Here are the Week 12 high school football scores and segments of The Blitz.

(img1)11-5-15 ECU USF prep

Pirates face South Florida needing two wins to be bowl eligible

The East Carolina football team has to win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible. The first attempt to get a win comes Saturday at home against South Florida.

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Wallace-Rose Hill has huge game on Friday; White Oak picks up win

Wallace-Rose Hill has a huge Four County Conference game on Friday with Clinton. Also, White Oak picked up a win without even playing a game.

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Another big night for Duke's Brandon Ingram in exhibition win

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram had another big night in an exhibition game against Livingstone.

Battle Holley

East Duplin football in 3 way tie for first place with one game to play

East Duplin's football team is tied with Croatan and Northside for first place in the East Central Conference going into the regular season finale.  The Panthers play at North Brunswick Friday night.

new bern soccer fans

High School soccer playoffs are underway

New Bern starts the playoffs with a 6-2 win.

Livingstone at Duke

Ingram leads Duke to exhibition win

Kinston native Brandon Ingram scores 24 points to lead Duke to a 119-54 win over Livingstone in an exhibition game at Cameron Indoor Stadium Wednesday night.

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ECU gets agreement deal with adidas

ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher explains the deal the Pirates signed with adidas.

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Brandon Ingram third-team A-A by USA Today

Former Kinston High School star Brandon Ingram, now a freshman at Duke, was named a third-team All-American pick by USA Today.

(img1)11-3-15 NewsChannel 12 football poll

D.H. Conley moves back into poll with latest victory

D.H. Conley can wrap up its conference championship with a win on Friday. The Vikings' win over New Bern last Friday puts the Bears back in the latest NewsChannel 12 high school football poll. Go to for the latest poll.

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Panthers need OT but remain perfect with win over Colts

The Panthers made things interesting Monday night on their way to improving to 7-0. It took overtime, but Carolina was able to prevail.

Matt Brian College Blitz

The College Blitz Week 9