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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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.
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.
Brian Hackney discovers an abandoned WWI destroyer in the southern San Francisco bay.
Brian daytrips to one of Highway One’s most charming beach towns and uncovers ten reasons to make the trek during any season.
Brian uncovers a tiny town daytrip full of history and beer.
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.
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.
Brian Hackney looks back to see the role the East Bay has played in the history of film.
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!
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.