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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Brian ascends high above Oakland to take on a dangerous Bay Area job. Also features a bat hunter and a foley artist. . The 88 (Luxury Condos) 88 East San Fernando St San Jose, CA […]
Desert Roadtrippers, Part Four What a long strange trip it’s been….and we’ve still got two days of our desert road trip to go! Today, the fearless threesome (now being referred to by the crew as […]
Desert Roadtrippers, Part Two . SOUTHBOUND TO QUIRKYVILLE: Day two of our great desert journey finds us heading south out of the majestic, barren and oh so wonderful Death Valley National Park, with a stop […]
Brian Hackney host’s this weekly variety show where people from all over the Bay Area bring their unusual and fascinating items for sale. . If you’re interested in any of the items featured on this […]
Brian explores a lesser traveled corner of the Bay Area, the roads between St. Helena and Lake Berryessa, From quirky tiny towns, to an old auto garage with a bathtub full of rattle snakes, to […]
Brian continues his geologic road trip of a number of Bay Area volcanoes from days gone by and hops in the car for a journey north to Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. The show erupts […]
Volcano Roadtrip 1 Brian discovers the geologic history of a number of Bay Area volcanoes from days gone by and hops in the car for a journey north to Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak. The […]
Brian Hackney takes a fascinating “underground” tour of Bay Area cemeteries that have some famous and infamous guests. . Most of the cemeteries highlighted in the “Dead Bay Area Show” are OPEN to the public. […]
Follow Host Brian Hackney as he explores things “lost” in the Bay Area–places that aren’t there anymore. He “rides” along the overland Pony Express route through the Bay Area. (Many of you take the same route […]
Brian Hackney hosts this weekly variety show where people from all over the Bay Area bring their unusual and fascinating items for sale. . If you’re interested in any of the items featured on this […]