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Colin Hackman grew up in the newsroom of WECT, literally. The Hoggard High School Senior Class President started working for WECT as a teenager. At 19, Colin began his television career 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 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 not the place I went to get experience so I could move to another station. It 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," said Hackman.
In March 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.
In December 2008, Colin with Michelle in tow, returned the Port City where his parents still live. Serving as weekend meteorologist you can watch Colin on WECT and WSFX both anchoring weather and reporting.
In July Colin and Michelle had their first baby, a girl - Peyton Frances.
"It's good to be HOME!"