Silver Circle — Inducted July 2018
Semmie Buffin Jr. began working in the television industry in 1972 shortly after graduating from North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana. His first position was at KTAL in Shreveport, Louisiana as a mailroom employee. A short time later he moved into studio operations.
Semmie was recruited to join the KSLA team as a photographer in 1974. He was thrilled to work doing what he loved: in the field and telling stories. He was the first African-American employee of the station. Within a few months Semmie was named Chief Photographer. He started hiring and training photographers and helped open the door for diversity in the newsroom.
Semmie has covered presidential campaigns, political conventions, ArkLaTex governors and so much more. He has also traveled internationally for coverage in Russia, Sweden, Iceland and Finland. His favorite stories, though, are about people and places in the community where he has worked and raised his family.
Semmie started during the film era and has been a part of enormous change. He’s witnessed, implemented and adapted to new technology in the industry. Semmie says he is amazed at all of the change he has been a part of so far and is excited about what the future holds.
Semmie and his wife Bertha have been married for the past 46 years. They have two daughters Alana and Ashley. They have two grandchildren Brian and Bailey.
Semmie is overwhelmed and honored to be selected to join the prestigious Silver Circle.