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From ‘Bear’ Bryant to Obama, this Alabama videographer witnessed history through a lens

If Forrest Gump’s brushes with history had an Alabama cameraman’s equivalent, it would be Reggie Selma.

The videographer got his start at WVTM-Channel 13 in his hometown of Birmingham where, among other things, he got to shoot legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. When billionaire Ted Turner started CNN, Selma became one of the first videographers to get hired.

Selma later became CNN’s first Black cameraman to cover the White House, filming historic moments during Ronald Reagan’s presidency and continuing through Barack Obama’s administration. That put him in contact with political leaders and global influencers over multiple decades.

Selma shares his story in the first of a two-part video profile. You can view the second part here.

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