Brian Hackney


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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Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Occidental

Eye On The Bay: Daytrip, Occidental

Brian Hackney and Thuy Vu head out for an overnight day trip to Occidental California, where they zip line through the canopy of the Sonoma Forest, have dinner in an historic hotel…

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/16/2012

Eye On The Bay: Point A to B, Piedmont to Benicia

Brian picks two towns out of his bay area bucket and travels between Piedmont and Benicia.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/25/2012

Eye On The Bay: Hidden Outdoors

Eye On The Bay: Hidden Outdoors

Brian and Thuy hike deep into mountains and to remote bay are nooks to uncover hidden adventures.


Eye on The Bay: Farallon Islands

Eye On The Bay: Farallon Islands Part Two

“Eye on the Bay” journeys 26 miles west of San Francisco, gaining rare access to one of the most mysterious island formations in the world

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/14/2012

Eye on The Bay: Farallon Islands

Eye On The Bay: Farallon Islands Part One

“Eye on the Bay” journeys 26 miles west of San Francisco, gaining rare access to one of the most mysterious island formations in the world.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/13/2012

Eye On The Bay: Viewpoints

Some of the great Bay Area road trips can be had by driving to one of dozens and dozens of overlooks to simply, soak up the view!

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/04/2012

Eye On The Bay: Scavenger Hunt

A blindfolded Brian Hackney is left in the pit of a rock quarry and soon sets off on an adventure.


Eye On The Bay: Calgary

Eye On The Bay: Calgary – 3/28/12

Brian wraps up a trip to Alberta Canada with a tour of Calgary. See Brian zip-line off an Olympic ski jump, stand with shaky legs on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower, and dare to eat a controversial local delicacy. VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 For more […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/28/2012

Eye On The Bay: Lake Louise

Eye On The Bay: Lake Louise – 3/27/12

Brian Hackney’s adventure to Alberta Canada continues as he flies in helicopter over Lake Louise. The show also includes a visit to a glacier, and encounters with bears and bighorn sheep. VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 . For more information on everything you need to know about traveling to Alberta, visit […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/27/2012

Eye On The Bay: Banff

Eye On The Bay: Banff – 3/26/12

Brian Hackney embarks on a 3-day adventure to Alberta, Canada. In Part 1, Brian explores the Canadian Rocky Mountains by visiting the stunning Banff National Park by canoe and gondola, and tries his hand at rock climbing. VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 . For more information on everything […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/26/2012



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