Brian Pia is an investigative reporter and breaking news anchor
He’s an investigative reporter and breaking news anchor for the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Ala. He’s also a contributor to other Sinclair stations across the country, especially WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. and KOMO-TV in Seattle.
The Sinclair Broadcast Group owns 193 TV stations in 89 markets, the Tennis Channel and Tennis.com.
Brian’s recent investigative reports
Brian is the winner of the Alabama Associated Press Award for Best Investigative Reporting.
Here’s a snapshot of some of his investigative reports:
- Sexually suggestive ads showing up on children’s apps from Google Play and Apple’s iTunes
- Near-misses between planes and drones at Alabama’s busiest airport
- An Alabama women is a victim of international revenge porn.
- Police were delayed responding to a domestic violence call due to 911 cell phone location inaccuracy.
- Baby bouncer seats are linked to 12 deaths and 23,000 injuries.
- The rise of teenage baseball pitchers having Tommy John surgery.
- The increase in the number of collapsing decks.
- Falling TVs have killed hundreds children and injure 12,000 each year.
- How to prevent storefront crashes that kill hundreds and injure thousands of people annually.
- An NFL football player’s life after 10 concussions
- His reporting uncovered the missing remains of one of the victims of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. A 19-year-long mystery was solved.
Brian is also an investor, entrepreneur and a developing voice actor. He’s being trained by Nancy Wolfson — one of the top voice coaches in the U.S.
National digital and broadcast media
Over the years, Brian was a regular contributor to Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com — through two sports sites that he co-created — ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN, CBS’ “This Morning’s Business,” 1010 WINS Radio in New York, WJOX-FM’s “The Opening Drive,” ATP World Tour Weekly and Tennis Week, among others.
His popular investigative piece for Bleacher Report on former mixed martial arts fighter War Machine, who was later convicted of beating his former girlfriend, uncovered a history of violence and steroid abuse by the athlete.
His two sites for FOX Sports had Fortune 500 advertisers and received millions of page views annually.
Brian was a correspondent and substitute anchor for CNBC, an investigative reporter, substitute anchor and documentary anchor for WBRC-TV in Birmingham, and a Washington correspondent for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He’s covered Wall Street, Capitol Hill, two presidential campaigns, U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, Honduras and Panama, and he’s prepared many investigative reports. He’s received 18 journalism awards or honors.
Brian created marketing communications programs for national consumer brands
Brian’s return to investigative reporting came after he served as an executive for three national ad agencies. He spent many years creating and leading public relations, digital and social media programs for $100 million to $59 billion national consumer brands such as Bayer Advanced, Kirkland’s Home Decor, Little Debbie Snacks and Lowe’s Home Improvement, among others. His programs often generated 5% to 18% average annual sales increases and a significant return on investment for clients.
He’s also protected many national brands during times of crisis. He’s successfully managed companies through recalls, lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions.
Brian earned his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he earned the Harrington Award — the highest honor given a graduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications from the University of Maryland.