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: Point A to B, Sausalito to Tiburon

Eye On The Bay: Point A To B, Sausalito To Tiburon – 3/5/12

Brian journeys on the shortest Point A to B route ever picked.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/05/2012

Eye On The Bay: Michaan’s Home Makeover – 2/24/12

An expert designer gives a Mill Valley living room a total makeover. With a limited budget of $1000 she embarks on a treasure hunt at Michaan’s estate auction


Eye On The Bay: 1912

Eye On The Bay: 1912 – 2/23/12

Brian travels back in time to uncover how bay area residents lived one hundred years ago.


Eye On The Bay: From The Archives

Eye On The Bay: From The Archives – 2/3/12

Brian Hackney uncovers 60 years of lost, never seen since it aired, film featuring famous bay area people, places and events.


Eye On The Bay: Highway 92 Crab Run

Eye On The Bay: Highway 92 Crab Run – 1/5/12

Brian motors his way along scenic Highway 92 to gather ingredients for a crab boil.  After gathering the crabs, it’s off to a Bay Area brewery, winery and famed San Mateo dessert spot! VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 . . . Half Moon Bay Fish Market 99 San Mateo Rd Half […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/05/2012

Eye On The Bay: Historic Eats

Eye On The Bay: Historic Eats Roadtrip – 12/16/11

Brian Hackney and Thuy Vu journey to discover some of the Bay Area’s oldest roadhouses and restaurants, many that have been in business since before the 1900’s.  Stops include San Jose, Oakland and historic Sonoma Square. VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 . The Old Clam House 299 Bayshore Blvd San Francisco, […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/16/2011

Eye On The Bay: Unique Stores

Eye On The Bay: Unique Stores – 10/26/11

Brian Hackney scours the entire Bay Area in search of eclectic stores specializing in selling one item. . The Pirate Store 826 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 642-5905 Batteries Plus 7429 Amador Valley Blvd. Dublin, CA 94568 (925) 829-7587 Sheepskin Land 2593 N. Main Street Walnut Creek, CA 94597 (510) 366-5146 […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/26/2011

Eye On The Bay: Yosemite in Fall

Eye On The Bay: Yosemite In Fall – 9/28/11

Brian hops aboard a Model T Ford for an unforgettable tour of Yosemite that includes horseback rides through meadows and a preview of affordable winter skiing. . Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau Mariposa, CA (209) 742-4567 Hotel Jeffery 5001 Main Street Coulterville, CA 95311 (209) 878-3471 Tenaya Lodge 1122 Highway 41 Fish Camp, […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/28/2011

The Palace Hotel

Eye On The Bay: Bay Area Firsts – 9/23/11

Brian travels the region to uncover foods, gadgets and everyday household items that were pioneered in the Bay Area. . Here’s the recipe for ” Turkey Tetrazinni:” (from Executive Chef Jesse Llaptian, Palace Hotel) Ingredients: · 12 oz egg noodles · 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 4-5 cups) · 1/2 cup unsalted butter · 1/4 […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/23/2011

Eye On The Bay: On This Spot 3

Eye On The Bay: On This Spot 3 – 9/7/11

Brian heads to the exact location where important Bay Area events took place. Includes the site where the jacuzzi was invented, and where Silicon Valley began.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/07/2011



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