CFCC Alumnus Colin Hackman: Wilmington’s Weather Forecaster
By Jenni O’Toole, CFCC Foundation Intern
With an Associate in Arts degree from CFCC’s Articulate Agreement Program and a Bachelor in Geo Sciences (Meteorology) degree from Mississippi State, Colin Hackman has become one of Wilmington’s top local meteorologists for WECT TV and was even honored as Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas’ 2012 North Carolina Reporter of the Year.
Colin is a Wilmington native and 1995 graduate of Hoggard High School. After graduation Colin enrolled in Cape Fear Community College and began working at WECT TV. Colin became a production assistant in 1996. The two hurricanes Wilmington experienced in 1996 are what sparked Colin’s interest in weather broadcasting. “Being here and being around it, I absolutely knew I wanted to do something in broadcasting.” Colin graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from CFCC in 2000 and immediately began classes in UNCW’s Communication Studies Department.
Colin returned to WECT TV in 2003, but continued to follow his passion and left to pursue work as the weekend meteorologist at an NBC affiliate station in Reno Nevada in 2005. It was there that he met his wife Michelle Hackman, who at the time, was working as an executive producer. Colin resumed classes in 2006 at Mississippi State University and he received a Bachelor degree in Geosciences. Colin and Michelle both returned to Wilmington in 2009, where he was once again welcomed back with open arms at WECT TV.
Colin gives advice to future and current CFCC students, “The best way to go is to have two years of college under your belt and then go into a North Carolina school as a junior. I think this gives kids a better opportunity for their money.” Colin also goes on to express his gratitude for CFCC’s Articulation Agreement program. “This program allows for extra time for work and study.” As a participant in this program, Colin was able to successfully work at WECT TV while attending CFCC as a part-time student.
Colin applauds his CFCC professors, Phil Garwood, Frank Carter, and Pat Hogan. “I took public speaking with Frank Carter, he was a good teacher and public speaking is kind of what I do now, so it helped a lot with speaking in front of the camera.”
Colin can be seen Monday through Friday during “Carolina in the Morning” on WECT TV.