Brian Hackney

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Brian Hackney has won 18 Emmy awards for everything from best news anchor to best documentary to best news reporting to best weather anchor to best writing, a range of ability that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences characterized as “an unprecedented show of versatility.” In the summer of 2013, he won five Emmy awards, representing more than half the total awards won by the station, and more than any other single individual. He also won two National Associated Press Mark Twain awards for Best Documentary (“Hitchcock: Step By Step”), and Best Weathercast in 2013, and shared the Peabody award for his contributions to KGO’s legendary coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Brian has also appeared nationally on Good Morning America, co-hosting with Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden,  and the CBS Evening News, providing live reports in his role as meteorologist.  He co-hosted PBS’s longest-running family science program, the national Emmy award-winning Newton’s Apple, and frequently hosts forums at the Commonwealth Club, broadcast nationally on NPR.  He is also Director of the College of Science & Math board at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was honored as Outstanding Alumnus in 2013—the highest honor Cal Poly can bestow on a graduate.

A native of Hollister, California (home of the fastest-creeping earthquake fault known), Hackney earned two degrees at Cal Poly in Physics and Electronic Engineering, working briefly as an associate design engineer at Raytheon Electromagnetic Systems Division in Santa Barbara. He left to pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a science editor, meteorologist, and news anchor, first at KSBY in San Luis Obispo, then at the NBC affiliate in San Diego, and finally at the ABC, NBC, and CBS-affiliated stations in San Francisco. He’s reported everywhere from Tierra del Fuego in Chile to Switzerland, and was anchoring the news at the moment of the September 11th terror attacks in 2001.

In the course of his career he’s interviewed everyone from Carl Sagan to Edward Teller to Paul McCartney. Presently, Brian anchors both the news and weather at the CBS owned station in San Francisco.

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A Japan Air Lines DC-8 fell short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport in November 1968. All 107 on board survived. (CBS)

1968 Crash At SFO Similar To Asiana Flight 214 Tragedy

There have been 12 commercial airline crashes at San Francisco International Airport since it opened in 1927. But one disaster stands out as eerily similar to Saturday’s deadly crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 — it’s a November 22, 1968 crash.

07/08/2013

Eye On The Bay: Alcatraz Swim

Eye On The Bay: Alcatraz Swim

Alcatraz has long been an iconic landmark in the Bay Area. And on this edition of Eye on the Bay, it serves as a dramatic backdrop for an inspirational swim.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/31/2012

Eye On The Bay: Bay Interior, South Bay

Eye On The Bay: The Bay Interior, South Bay

Brian Hackney discovers an abandoned WWI destroyer in the southern San Francisco bay.

08/30/2012

Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Davenport

Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Davenport

Brian daytrips to one of Highway One’s most charming beach towns and uncovers ten reasons to make the trek during any season.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/24/2012

Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Larkspur

Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Larkspur

Brian uncovers a tiny town daytrip full of history and beer.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/22/2012

Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Lodi

Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Lodi

Brian and Thuy highlight what may seem to be a surprising pick for a day trip. Features include a booming wine tasting region and a trip to the first A&W Root Beer store in the country.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/16/2012

Eye On The Bay: Point A to B Brisbane to Mirimar

Eye On The Bay: Point A To B, Brisbane To Miramar

Brian’s MGB is back on the road for a random journey taking him from a star-studded town, to a hidden beach house famed for great views and legendary music.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/14/2012

Eye On The Bay: East Bay Film Tour

Eye On The Bay: East Bay Film Tour

Brian Hackney looks back to see the role the East Bay has played in the history of film.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/07/2012

Port Of Oakland

Eye On The Bay: Port Of Oakland

The crew of “Eye on the Bay” had a fantastic time taping inside the boundaries of the Port of Oakland, mainly because, it’s off limits to the public!

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/02/2012

Eye On The Bay: Cozy Roadtrips

Eye On The Bay: Cozy Roadtrips

Bay Area road trips are easy to come up with in dry, sunny months, but what about in the rainy chill of winter? Brian and Thuy motor around the bay to uncover cozy locales.

07/27/2012

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