Brian Pia is an investigative news and sports journalist.
He’s an investigative reporter and breaking news anchor for the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Ala., and a contributor to other Sinclair stations across the country.
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 current winner of the Alabama Associated Press Award for Best Investigative Reporting. He covers the kinds of stories that people talk about:
- How most Tommy John surgeries are being performed on teenaged baseball pitchers, not major league baseball players.
- How a former NFL player is dealing with the impact of 10 concussions.
- How to prevent concussions in young soccer players.
- How to prevent your wooden deck from collapsing.
- He helped locate what’s believed to be the missing remains of Addie Mae Collins, a civil rights icon and one of the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that occurred in 1963. Brian’s report ended a 19 year-long search for her remains.
- He reported on 911’s fatal flaw — how problems with cellphone location accuracy delayed Birmingham, Ala. police from responding to an alleged domestic disturbance. A woman was allegedly abused by her husband. It took police an extra 11 minutes to arrive at the scene due to problems locating the address.
- He uncovered safety violations involving a contracting company for the largest gasoline pipeline in the U.S. Part of that pipeline exploded last year, killing two people and injuring others.
- He reported on how to prevent storefront crashes that happen 60 times a day in this country, killing hundreds and injuring thousands of people annually.
- He uncovered the riskiest train crossings in Alabama and reported on the dangers of lithium batteries and Takata airbags.
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 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 up his former porn star 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.