television career actually started before I made a career choice to pursue broadcast
meteorology. From fall 1970 through spring 1971, I was the science, geography and
miscellaneous team representative on the WBBH-TV20 "High School Quiz Bowl"
program in Fort Myers, Florida where I attended North High School. I was the blond
kid who knew the answer to questions like "what fish has both eyes on one side of its
head?.... North Fort Myers.... Waters.... the Flounder" and "what is the ugliest
mammal on earth?.... The Warthog." Little did I know that to be the beginning
of a fun and exciting career in television. After college at the University of South
Florida in Tampa, I returned to Fort Myers and went to work as a television meteorologist
at WEVU-TV26 the ABC affiliate in Southwest, Florida. I worked there from October
1976 through April 1982 when the opportunity to return home to my native North Carolina
was made available to me at WCTI-TV12. It was a pleasure to move back to North
Carolina where I was born (Greensboro) and where most of my family still lives.
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Thanks for watching Newschannel 12 and for visiting our website. So much has
happened in Eastern North Carolina since I began anchoring the weeknight 6 and
11 o'clock newscasts. As our beautiful area grows, so does the great quality of
Before coming to North Carolina in 1997, I worked in television news in Columbia
and Kansas City, Missouri and in Buffalo, New York. I also worked in media
relations in New York City. My media career actually began in my rural Missouri
hometown, where my great-grandfather founded a weekly newspaper. I attended the
University of Missouri at Columbia and the State University of New York at
I'm active in volunteer work with several projects and agencies. My wife Kathy
is a wonderful companion, a life-long educator and National Board Certified
teacher, and a terrific Italian cook!
We enjoy exercising, gardening, writing and playing with our two Yorkshire
terriers, Scooter and Rocky. What a handful they are!
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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, Virginia 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
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
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
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.
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News has been my passion for
my entire life; some of my earliest childhood memories are
of watching my grandparents at work at a newspaper. They
really inspired me.
I'm proud to call the East
home and have lived in North Carolina for eight years
covering news in New Bern, Greenville and the rest of the
East, and previously I worked as a news anchor and reporter
in Charlotte too. I have also worked in this business in
Orlando, New York City, Mobile, Buffalo (where I worked with
Wes Goforth!) and even Anchorage Alaska! But Eastern North
Carolina has a special place in my heart and I love covering
the diverse people and events here.
Some of my work has won state
and national awards, "Best Newscast" and "Best News
Operation" in the state, "Best Series," "Best Story." I
had a lot of fun competing in the Triangle Business
Journal's News Anchors Stock Derby, and ended up winning
that! But it's not all about contests and competition: I
want to help our viewers, and be an advocate for them, that
is the greatest reward.
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Choosing to become a meteorologist
seemed to have come natural to this small town girl from West Tennessee. Tori
Shaw traveled across the Appalachians to become the newest member of the
StormTrack 12 Weather Team. As a little girl, Tori would record “make-believe”
newscasts, with the help of her father, in the basement of their home in Dyer.
She would give the weather forecasts in front of a US national road map and a
cardboard clock that read 6:00 no matter what time it actually was. This was
only the beginning.
During her junior year of college, Tori came to a crossroads. She would be
receiving her bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications from The University
of Tennessee at Martin soon, and it seemed she would have to narrow her focus.
What other field to pursue in the vast world of communications?...Weather.
Unfortunately, UTM at the time did not offer a meteorology program. With the
help of her professors in the communications and geography departments, Tori was
able to meet the requirements to attend graduate school at Mississippi State
her master’s in broadcast meteorology was not an easy task, but Tori was able to
face challenges with the assistance of her classmates and professors. During
her two years at MSU, Tori completed a research thesis entitled “A PBS Mind in
an MTV World: Teaching Teenagers Meteorology by Placing a Weather Forecast on
MTV”. She was also able to participate in the 2008 MSU’s Storm Chase, and was
elected vice-president of the department’s AMS student chapter.
Now, Tori is getting settled in her new home of New Bern, NC. In her spare
time, she enjoys playing piano, listening to live music, volunteering, theatre,
and fitness. She says, “I am looking forward to starting this new adventure in
Eastern North Carolina and interacting with the wonderful and welcoming
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Les is a meteorologist that delivers the
StormTrack12 forecast each weekday morning and noon. He brings with him over 13
years of TV weather forecasting experience.
Before coming to North Carolina,
Les worked in television weather in Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
and in Hagerstown, Maryland. He was pleased his career began in his home
state of Maryland. From the time Les was in elementary school, he knew he
wanted to be a television meteorologist. In 1997, Les graduated from
Millersville University with a degree in Meteorology.
Some of his career highlights include the historic December 2006
Pennsylvania tornado outbreak, reporting live from the floods of Ivan in
2004 and the Presidents Day Blizzard of 2003, not to mention numerous severe
weather and snow events.
In 2010, Les became the only person in Eastern Carolina with the CBM
(Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) accreditation. This is the highest level
of credibility from the American Meteorological Society
for accurate and professional weather forecasting.
His hobbies include being a huge train buff with a large collection of
Lionel model trains. Les also has been officiating high school basketball
for over 8 years.
Les and his wife Amy have been married for over 12 years and have two
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I am excited to be here in Eastern Carolina! When I first
moved to town, not only was I the new kid on the block, but
I was the new kid with a name that left many people
scratching their head and wondering if my name was really my
name. Well, believe it or not, it is! I was named after my
dad. Now, I know it can be a little tough at first, but if
you remember Dennis "The Menace," then you'll have it in no
time! I promise!
I am so grateful to call Eastern Carolina home, but I was
born and raised in suburban Atlanta in a place called Locust
Grove, Georgia. For as long as I can remember, weather has
always been in me. In fact, since I was a kid, I have loved
telling people about the weather. It was always a childhood
dream of mine to become a meteorologist, even before I knew
how to spell it! However, I never thought I’d finally be
living out my dream.
I began my career at News Channel 12 in January 2008 after
spending two years in Starkville, Mississippi. That’s where
I received my Master of Science in Geosciences/Broadcast
Meteorology from Mississippi State University. While there,
I was a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of
Communication. I also had the opportunity to get a taste of
all kinds of severe weather while chasing storms in
Mississippi and all over the Great Plains as well as
witnessing firsthand the destruction caused by Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita. Before arriving at MSU, I received my
Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News from the Grady College
of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of
While in school, I interned and learned from some of the
most professional and respected journalists and
meteorologists at WSB-TV in Atlanta and WCBS-TV in New York
City. Both internships proved to be invaluable experiences,
which helped me lay my foundation. I am a proud member of
the National Association of Black Journalists and the
National Weather Association. I am also honored to hold the
American Meteorological Society's (AMS) Television Seal of
So join me every weekend! I am up bright and early to give
you your forecast and help you plan your day on Good Morning
Eastern Carolina Weekend Edition. You can also see me during
the week on the front lines when severe weather breaks. When
I’m not working, you can often catch me spending time with
family and friends, going to the movies, attempting to work
out, watching sports, cheering on my Georgia and Mississippi
State Bulldogs, and getting to know Eastern Carolina.
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As a reporter I've seen it all in just a
few years. I've covered everything from droughts to floods, blizzards to
hurricanes, and even from the Pope to an execution. At Newschannel 12 I focus on
stories in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties, but the news has taken me all
across eastern North Carolina. My nose for news caught its first
whiffs of excitement before I ever reached my teens. As a paperboy in
Champaign, Illinois I delivered The News Gazette and grew a love of the sports
page and the Fighting Illini. After writting three years on my high school
newspaper I took my talents to the University of Missouri.
The day I squeaked into their journalism program I kissed one of the historic
columns in the heart of campus. Before long my first stories started airing on
KOMU-TV in Columbia and I decided to focus on news instead of sports.
In 1999 I graduated with degrees in Broadcast News and
found my first full-time news job in Abilene, Texas. In the next two
years at KTXS in I covered crime and courts before taking a break from TV. I
headed to Barcelona, Spain to help start a ministry there with Campus Crusade
for Christ. That year held many frustrating moments but treasures as well in a
rich and beautiful country. I'm still young but pretty much resigned that I'll
never live in a cooler city than Barcelona. Back in the states I searched near
and far for my next job and landed far, Fargo to be exact with WDAY. I found out
first hand North Dakota's just as cold as advertised. I learned how to bundle up
for live shots at -20 degrees. After a year and a half I traded the snow for the
sand at the beaches near WCTI. Since October of 2004 I've enjoyed the people,
places, and little pleasures Eastern North Carolina. Most of all I found a
beautiful girl from Morehead City to make my bride. Kelly could have saved me
years of wandering if I only knew about this Carolina girl long ago. Now she's
helping out with the ratings by keeping all her friends and family tuned in to
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I've been a sports fan ever since I can
remember. One of my first memories is of my hometown Chicago Bears winning Super
Bowl XX. I grew up just northwest of Chicago in Palatine, IL, then moved onto
the University of Missouri where I majored in broadcast journalism and minored
in Spanish and sociology. In Columbia, MO I worked as a sports anchor, reporter
and producer for KOMU, the NBC affiliate in mid-Missouri.
After a long search for a sports job after college, I decided to broaden my
horizons and look for photographer jobs. That brought me out here to Eastern
North Carolina, where I was a cameraman and weekend news reporter.
This taught me the area and allowed me to meet countless great people.
But my true passion is sports, and when the weekend sports job came open, there
was my window.
So now you will be catching me out at your local high school or college, helping
to provide the widest ranging sports coverage in the area. I'm always open to
talk sports, so feel free to come say hello. When I'm not working, of course I
enjoy watching and playing sports, with basketball being my favorite. I get up
to the rec center at least a few times a week, perfecting my jumper. I also love
music and movies, but I have too many favorites to list here. I look forward to
covering your local team, and telling your sports stories....READY, BREAK!!
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Hello! I am the
NewsChannel 12 and FOX Eastern Carolina bureau chief in Greenville.
Growing up in
Kentucky, my father thought I would be a lawyer and my mother thought I
would be a writer. I think I combined the two and decided to become a
journalist. I love digging for facts and keeping you informed. There is no
greater rush than chasing down a story!
summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in
Electronic Media and a minor in Business. While in college I served as an
intern under Peabody and Emmy award winning investigative journalist Laure
Quinlivan. I also interned for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati during my junior and
senior years. Somehow, I also found the time to anchor and report for Uptown
News, the college news station at UC and be the first multimedia journalist
for The News Record. At the end of my junior year, the Electronic Media
Department awarded me the Fredric R. Ziv Award which gave me a chance to
spend three months in New York City interning for "Guiding Light."
graduation, I began my career in news as a reporter at WHIZ in Zanesville,
Ohio. While I was born and raised in Kentucky, I am excited to now call
myself a Carolina girl! Go ECU Pirates!
When I'm not
chasing down the story, I love a good run at the gym, lounging by the pool
or spending an afternoon with friends. There is nothing I love more than
meeting new people, so if you have a story tip or just want to say hi,
please shoot me an email!
See you on the
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Eastern North Carolina! My name is Anna Bulszewicz and let
me tell you, I'll take a Carolina winter over a Michigan
winter any day of the week!
I come to you as a mid-western girl, born and raised in a
suburb of Detroit. I'm simply delighted to be a part
of your community!
As the oldest of four, and the daughter of two outstanding
parents, I've learned that people are what make life
beautiful, everyday people like you and me. I'm here to talk
to you, deliver your story, and report the news that affects
the Coastal Carolina region.
My story is this, I earned my Journalism and Mass
Communication degree at St. Bonaventure University, and
shortly after, grabbed my first on-camera job at WBKB-TV in
Alpena, Michigan. There I worked as a news reporter, anchor,
and talk show host on "Insights into Northeast Michigan."
Want to know my interests? I love the beach and the sun! I'm
quite fond of music of many genres, preferably classic rock,
and I enjoy a good romantic comedy. I know, typical right?
Folks, I can't wait to make an impact on your lives. Please
don't let the spelling of my last name scare you off.
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I am the Newschannel 12 and
FOX Eastern Carolina bureau chief in Jacksonville.
Once my Mom heard I wanted
to work in television news, she got that "I knew it!" look in her eye and
reminded me of my second grade, crowning glory, book report in the style of a
newscast. (Of course, it was filmed on those massive old camcorders that used
VHS tapes!) The career choice was no surprise to her, but Mom's always have a
hunch don't they? I've always enjoyed telling stories and hearing about other
I'm originally a
California girl, turned Carolina girl. I studied Journalism and Drama at UNC
Chapel Hill (go Heels!) and spent the majority of my time either in the booth
directing live student newscasts or on the desk anchoring them. During my time
at Carolina, I also served as the Bureau Chief for the pilot year of ABC News On
Campus: a new extension of
the network on college campuses. I am most proud of my work as a Co-Producer
and Director for the special broadcast that won a first-place Emmy award from
the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. During my good ole'
college years, I won the Regional and National award from the Society of
Professional Journalists for General TV News Reporting, honors from the Hearst
program, and Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. Now I'm excited to be reporting in
Eastern North Carolina!
Some of my favorite
stories include the Tar Heel's 2008 NCAA Championship celebration, and a three
part series "Dead Man Walking,"
when I had the opportunity
to interview author Sister Helen Prejean and of course, a football passing and
receiving tutorial with Herschel Walker when he made a visit to Camp Lejeune.
there is one thing I've learned so far, it's that T.V. news is a team sport, and
a team can't win with just one person playing. That includes viewers! So if
you have an idea for a story or just an opinion you want to share-- shoot me an
email! I'd love to hear about what's on your mind.
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I am so fortunate to be
working my dream job here in beautiful Eastern North Carolina. My favorite thing
to do is tell stories, and now I get the chance to tell yours! I am
originally from Paris, France, but I have spent a good amount of time here in
the United States.
I started out in Bar
Harbor, Maine and then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota for high school and
college at the University of Minnesota. There I majored in broadcast journalism
and minored in golf. I also got a French degree at the Université de la Sorbonne
I started my
journalism career as a reporter and anchor in Great Falls, Montana. Although
I've only lived in states that start with the letter M, I am very excited to
live in one that starts with an N. When I'm not busy at work I try and
stay out of trouble. I love going rollerblading and surfing at Emerald Isle with
my dog Ava.
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Wilson anchors FOX Eastern Carolina News at Ten. Val loves the beauty of
Eastern Carolina. A Southerner at heart, she is enchanted with the people and
places that make the East so popular. The award-winning broadcaster got her
first break in TV news as an anchor/reporter at WAFB TV9 in Baton Rouge, where
she was a hometown favorite co-anchoring the weekend morning show and covering
various beats including education, crime and general assignment. Her ambition
and talent took her from the swamp to the desert in 2001, when she landed a
position as weekend news anchor in Las Vegas, Nevada. She interviewed
celebrities like boxing champ Laila Ali and co-hosted a live three-hour New
Year’s Eve broadcast on the roof of the famed Caesar’s Palace. Val went on to
become weekend weathercaster and reporter for KVVU Fox 5 in Las Vegas. After
spending nearly two years out West, she returned to Louisiana to accept the 10
p.m. anchor slot at KLFY TV 10 in Lafayette. She was most recently the main
anchor for WVLA NBC 33 in Baton Rouge, at 5, 6, & 10 p.m., and medical reporter
for her daily franchise segment, 33 MD.
Wilson loves to write and is currently finishing up her first novel. While
working as a TV journalist, she also served as a freelance writer and/or editor
for various publications including ESSENCE magazine, The Las Vegas Sentinel
Voice and The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.
Val has earned
national and local recognition for her work including a first place Excellence
in Medical Reporting Award from the Louisiana State Medical Society, first place
Associated Press Award for Best Spot News and two School Bell awards for
education reporting. The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded Val with
a Community Service Award for her year-long series on stroke prevention and
Val has received
journalism fellowships from Families USA, the California Endowment,
Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Casey Journalism Center. Another
fellowship from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation sent Val to
Germany and Belgium, where she interviewed political and religious leaders and
stood before the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Born and raised in
Pride, La., about 40 miles outside Baton Rouge, Val received a BA in Broadcast
Journalism from Louisiana State University (summa cum laude) with a minor in
Political Science. She was named an LSU Woman of Distinction in 2001. She would
normally be yelling “Geaux Tigers” but will definitely enjoy taking in some ECU,
UNC and Duke games.
Val was formerly a
member of the LSU Student Media Advisory Board and volunteered with various
mentoring groups. She loves genealogy, antiques, shopping for clothes and shoes,
and working out several days a week. If you see her around town, she’ll always
greet you with a smile and a wave!
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Not even a week
after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adam
Yosim packed most of his life into a U-Haul and headed down 264 to
Greenville. He joined NewsChannel 12 as a general assignment reporter in May
Yosim came to the
East from the Triangle, where he lived since the 4th grade. He earned a
bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in modern Hebrew at UNC. While
at Carolina, Yosim reported for the Emmy Award-winning student television
newscast "Carolina Week." He has said his most memorable interview was when
he sat down with Elizabeth Edwards to discuss her new furniture business and
some other "business" dominating the headlines at the time. Yosim also
produced content for abcnews.com as part of the ABC News On Campus program.
Yosim may be
fresh out of college, but he is no stranger to a newsroom. In addition to
two internships at ABC affiliate WTVD-11 and News 14 Carolina, Yosim worked
part time at WTVD since his junior year. As a technical feed coordinator for
Carolinas News Link, he sent and received stories to the other ABC
affiliates in North Carolina.
When he was not
busy hunting down a story at Carolina, Yosim sang with Sababa, UNC's
"coolest" a capella group. He also made an appearance in the Tar Heel's
pregame JumboTron video for two straight years. Yosim's most memorable
moment at UNC was storming Franklin Street after the Tar Heels' basketball
team won the 2008 NCAA National Championship. Go Heels!
journalism, Yosim enjoys performing close-up magic, cooking, and making
If you have a
great story idea for him, or if you just want to hear a joke or see a magic
trick, send him an e-mail.
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The Michigan native earned
bachelor's degrees in journalism and finance from Michigan State University.
After graduating, he reported for WLAJ-TV (ABC) in Lansing, Michigan.
He spent much of his college years in a DJ booth for MSU's student radio
station; he was named Top College DJ by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters
Jon lives in New Bern and enjoys spending time near the water, reading, and
Tipsters make the news go-round. Please E-mail Jon at if you have a news tip.
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