Colin Hackman grew up in the newsroom of WECT, literally. The Hoggard
High School Senior Class President started working for WECT as a
Colin began his television career here in the
Production Department as a teleprompter operator, studio camera
operator, designing graphics, audio operator, and assistant director.
Finally, after a year of "relentless begging," Colin changed his focus
to news photographer. Colin fell in love with capturing a story on
video, but it was during this time that he also developed a passion for
telling the story, and a passion for covering weather as Hurricanes
Fran, Bertha and Bonnie during the late 90's proved the importance of
accurate weather reporting.
Life, however, pulled Colin away from
broadcast news for a few years. Upon his return in 2004, the folks at
WECT gave him the opportunity to once again follow his passion. "Once I
returned, it was amazing what we could accomplish together. WECT is the
place I learned how to live life. I had successes and failures, and
through it all a few people stuck by my side and helped me to be the
person I am today. I thank God for them," says Hackman.
2005, Colin moved to Reno/Lake Tahoe as a reporter for the NBC
affiliate. In his first year he was promoted to weather anchor. It was
also during this time that he met his wife, then executive producer,
Michelle. "She made me wait one year for a date, and then she told me
you get one shot. I guess it went well," said Hackman.
December 2008, Colin with Michelle in tow, returned the Port City where
his parents still live. Serving as morning meteorologist you can watch
Colin on WECT and WSFX both anchoring weather and reporting for the
area's most watched morning show.
Colin's daughter, Peyton Frances, is named after WECT Anchor Frances Weller – and his childhood friend Peyton Dergay.
1995 Colin won the Mid-Eastern conference in the 1600m for Hoggard High
School. The same year he helped the Vikings win the east region in
cross country. Now he coaches track and cross country for Cape Fear
Academy; He still runs regularly.
Colin's mother is an accomplished actress and playwright.
RTNDAC 2012 Carolina's Reporter of the Year 2011 North Carolina Reporter of the Year 2010 North Carolina Reporter of the Year 2011 Best Series 2011 Best Education Reporting 2010 Political/Election (2nd) 2009 Best General News 2009 Best Feature 2009 Best Documentary 2010 Weathercast (2nd)