Semmie Buffin, KSLA News 12's chief photographer, honored by Nat'l Academy of Television

The Good Stuff: They call him Mr. Semmie
Known to many as “Mr. Semmie,” Buffin was one of the first African-American photojournalists in the broadcast industry. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Known to many as “Mr. Semmie,” Buffin was one of the first African-American photojournalists in the broadcast industry. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Over his tenure at the station, he’s seen many changes, from film to tape and now digital. (Source: his desk)
Over his tenure at the station, he’s seen many changes, from film to tape and now digital. (Source: his desk)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - One of KSLA News 12's very own received recognition July 28 during the National Academy of Television's Art & Sciences Prestigious Gold & Silver Circle event in Shreveport.

Chief Photographer Semmie Buffin was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle. The event took place at the Shreveport Convention Center.

According to NATAS, Silver Circle was established to recognize individuals who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry, and who also have made meaningful and significant contributions to broadcasting and/or new media.

Known to us as "Mr. Semmie," he was one of the first African-American photojournalists in the field of broadcast. For over 40 years, he's held many positions at KSLA News 12 and has seen technology evolve from film to tape and now digital.

"His career began in 1972 at KTAL and he joined KSLA in 1974," said News Director Jayne Ruben, and fellow NATAS Silver Circle member. "Semmie has had an amazing career. We're grateful he's on our team."

He's covered everything imaginable — presidential campaigns, political conventions and traveled internationally.

Also honored at tonight's event include KTAL's Chief Meteorologist Todd Warren and Bob Griffin, formerly of KSLA News 12, will enter NATAS' gold circle.

“We will induct seven amazing broadcast professionals who not only helped pioneer the TV industry in Mid-America, but they shaped the news operations you see today,” said Steve Grant, NATAS Mid-America chapter president, in a news release.  “This also marks the first time in the history of the Mid-America EMMY Awards that we will bring and EMMY event to the City of Shreveport, Louisiana.”
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