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.