Brian PiaInvestigative Reporter

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Brian Pia is the investigative reporter for ABC 33/40 News. His reports are also featured on Sinclair-owned websites across the country.

He's the current winner of the Alabama Associated Press Award for Best Investigative Reporting.

You'll see Brian's investigative reports each Monday on ABC 33/40's 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm newscasts. In addition, you'll often find him reporting from the newsroom on major national stories during the 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm newscasts.

Brian has covered several major stories while at ABC 33/40:

  • 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 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.

Over the years, Brian has been a contributor to Bleacher Report,, WJOX’s “The Opening Drive,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN, a nationally-syndicated business show on local CBS stations, and 1010 WINS Radio in New York.

He was also a correspondent and substitute anchor for CNBC.

Brian started his news career as an investigative reporter, substitute anchor and documentary anchor for another Birmingham TV station, and as a Washington correspondent for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while attending college.

He's covered Wall Street, Capitol Hill, two presidential campaigns, and U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Panama. He’s received 18 journalism awards or honors.

Brian also spent many years as a public relations executive at three ad agencies. He promoted and protected $100 million to $59 billion national consumer brands.

Brian earned his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and his bachelor’s degree in speech communications from the University of Maryland.

Brian is married. He was born in Bethesda, Maryland and grew up in Connecticut, but he and his wife have called Alabama home for many years.

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