Norman Seawright III has been all over the U.S. and is excited to continue his career in West Virginia.
Although he was born a Californian, If you ask him where he’s from, Norman will tell you Louisville, Kentucky… only because it’s easier to locate than Greenville, Indiana (which is just 20 minutes up the road). Fascinated with television news as a young child, he got involved with media in high school, writing for the high school newspaper, producing news stories and calling basketball games for WNAS-TV at Floyd Central High School.
Norman did his undergraduate study at Ole Miss, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish, and was a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He was a news/sports/weather personality at student-run Newswatch99, anchoring and reporting on a wide variety of stories. He focused more on news, which culminated in a thesis (as a member of the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College) based on his magazine reporting about the socioeconomic state of Greenville, Mississippi and his trip to Lomé, Togo to cover the University of Mississippi’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders in the early stages of building a school...but working with Ole Miss Athletics as a reporter and play-by-play broadcaster changed his tune almost entirely.
Having already planned on pursuing a graduate degree, Norman attended Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication as a Broadcast & Digital Journalism student with an emphasis in Sports Communication. In addition to weekly news assignments, Norman took on sports reporting outside of class and reported for the student-run, Spanish-language news program CitrusTV Noticias. His storytelling ability was enriched by the week-long Meredith–Cronkite Fellowship between Arizona State University and KPHO in Phoenix.
Norman had two stints at WLKY in Louisville as an intern in both the news and sports departments, followed by an internship in the KARE sports department (in Minneapolis, MN) and another sports internship at WSYR in Syracuse before beginning his career at KBJR in Duluth, MN as the weekend sports anchor.
Norman played basketball, tennis, and ran track (sprinter/high jumper) in high school. He’s a borderline rabid Ole Miss football and baseball fan—his entire family attended (and his dad was a receiver for the Rebels). He loves Louisville basketball, likes Syracuse basketball, and watches the Indianapolis Colts often. Minnesota sparked an interest in hockey, so he has become a Wild fan.
When he isn’t reporting sports or telling stories, he’s either reading, playing his violin, balancing his love of food and keeping in shape, or singing to himself. Music is his other great love, and he likes most genres (along with dabbling in composition and writing).