Hal, host of FOX 11 News IN DEPTH and a FOX 11 News Reporter whose covered some of the biggest stories in this country, has scored an impressive number of journalism awards over the years including Emmy's, Golden Mikes, awards from The L.A. Press Club and The Associated Press.
In 2005, Hal accepted an Emmy in 2018 for his special on the 25th anniversary of the LA Riots. He was honored with the Mark Twain Award for Reporter of the Year and, in 2013, an Associated Press Lifetime Achievement Award for his journalistic work as well as all he has done to help aspiring news reporters and anchors.
Hal also hosts his own weekly podcast called "What The Hal?" which is available on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can also catch the podcast at whatthehalpodcast.com.
Believing that it's important to help future broadcasters because many helped him along the way, Hal has created nationally recognized mentoring programs. One, Camp News, is of particular pride. He started it 20 years ago this year. Hundreds of aspiring news reporters and anchors have gone through the annual two-day workshop.
Eisner has also been very active in industry organizations including The Associated Press Television Radio Association. He served as APTRA President for three terms. He also served two terms as Los Angeles Vice Chair of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and, an additional, three terms on The Academy's Board of Governors. Hal is currently in his second term on the National Board of SAG-AFTRA. He also serves on the union's national broadcast steering committee (BSC) and the National Executive Committee.
Hal started reporting news on the radio in his home state of Texas. It was when he became a correspondent for CNN in the early '80s that he came to Los Angeles and turned his attention to television.
Hal has covered all kinds of local and national stories including the shootings at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Columbine High School, the Chatsworth Metrolink crash, President Reagan's death and funeral, the Northridge earthquake, the L.A. riots and the highly publicized trials of O.J.Simpson, Robert Blake, and Michael Jackson to name a few. Hal is on the National Board of SAG-AFTRA, the union's Broadcast Steering Committee and National Executive Committee.
Hal is proud of his decades of service to Southern California.