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)Mariners enjoying Mullet Bucket win, White Oak's incredible win, latest WCTI poll released

Mariners enjoying Bucket win, White Oak's incredible finish, latest WCTI poll out

The East Carteret Mariners won the Mullet Bucket for the first time in seven seasons. Members of the team along with coach Caleb King were in studio with NewsChannel 12's Brian North. We also have highlights from last Friday's crazy win by White Oak and the latest WCTI high school football poll.

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Land owners frustrated by slow development of Havelock Bypass

NCDOT gives Havelock residents update on the proposed bypass around the Craven County city.

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Pirates name JUCO Blake Kemp as starting QB vs. Towson

It's game week in college football and East Carolina is ready to kick off its season on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Pirates name JUCO quarterback transfer as starter vs. Towson

East Carolina will have lefthanded junior college transfer Blake Kemp under center when the Pirates host Towson on Saturday.

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ECU football coach wants fans to raise intensity level for season opener

The East Carolina football team will begin its season Saturday against Towson. Coach Ruffin McNeill wants the fans to be ready for the opener.

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Mullet Bucket, Havelock-New Bern highlight Week 2

It's rivalry night for high school football teams in many areas of Eastern North Carolina. One of the big games is Havelock at New Bern at Caruso Coates Stadium in a battle of Craven County teams. The other big matchup is the 51st Mullet Bucket battle between East and West Carteret.

Lee Moore Locker room

Catching up with former WCTI Sports Director Lee Moore

We dedicated The Blitz Locker Room to Lee Moore, then sat down with the former sports director to catch up on his life and go down memory lane.

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East, West Carteret prepare for annual Mullet Bucket

Week 2 of the high school football season gives us the Battle for the Mullet Bucket between rivals East Carteret and West Carteret.

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Week 1 losses means shakeup in the second Blitz poll

Week one of the high school football season had a few surprises.

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ECU defenisve tackle out last season anxious, for game action

Terrell Stanley suffered serious injuries in a car wreck.  Now he says he is ready to resume his career.

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Havelock-Washington highlights busy first high school football night

We are ready for some high school football on NewsChannel 12. The first games of the season are getting ready to kick off and we will have them all covered for you on the blitz at 11:15. Our premiere matchup is a battle between Havelock and Washington.

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ECU receivers looking to come together under new QB

Now that ECU's football players know who their starting quarterback is, they can lock in on creating chemistry with him.

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Havelock looking for fifth straight trip to state finals

Havelock is reloaded and looking to get back to the championship game for the fifth straight year. The Rams are using last year’s loss to Crest in the state finals as motivation.

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New Bern looking to reload as defending state champions

New Bern High School is the defending 4-A state champs. The Bears lost about 35 seniors to graduation, so they are trying to reload.

(img1)The Blitz: New Dixon coach wants Bulldogs to become perennial power

The Blitz Preview: New Dixon coach wants Bulldogs to become perennial power

We continue to get you ready for the first night of high school football games and the first Blitz which is this Friday.

(img1)The Blitz: New Bern native hopes to keep Eastern Wayne firing on all cylinders

The Blitz Preview: New Bern native hopes to keep Warriors firing on all cylinders

New Bern native Philemon Gray takes over at Eastern Wayne High School as head football coach.

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The first NewsChannel 12 High School Football Poll is out

The high school fall sports season is now underway, and the first NewsChannel 12 High School Football Poll is out.

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Pirates conduct intra-squad scrimmage, hope defense continues to shine

East Carolina University head coach Ruffin McNeill ran his troops through their 14th practice of the preseason on Monday.

New Bern house a total loss following afternoon fire

We received several calls into our newsroom about a fire northwest of New Bern on Thursday afternoon.

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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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July 28 6 p.m. sports

We have a report on Rookie Davis' progress in the minor leagues, former ECU pitcher Jeff Hoffman is traded, an ECU football player is kicked off the team and more in our July 28 6 p.m. sports report.

Ruffin McNeill tie

Thursday July 23rd 11 pm sports

Downeast Sports exhibit

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.

east-west football

Wednesday July 22nd 11 pm sports

Tod Morgan

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.

Tod Morgan

Tuesday July 21st 11 pm sports

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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.

Grainger Stadium

Minor league baseball one step closer to returning to Kinston

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

Marlins get win

Friday July 17th 11 pm sports

Brian Paschal

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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Thursday July 16th 11 pm sports

Dixie sweetees

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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Tuesday July 14th 11 pm sports

Quinton Coples camp

Thursday July 9th sports

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Wednesday July 8th sports

Kent Bazemore

Tuesday July 7th sports

Rusty bolts on emerald isle deck

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.

John Humphrey

John "Helicopter" Humphrey hosting basketball game

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