Brian Mylar has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at KSAT 12 since December 2000. He began his television news career in Austin in 1984 and has worked in cities across Texas and the U.S. He's married with children and has a dog and cat.
Brian now works primarily as an investigative reporter for KSAT in the Defenders unit. Brian and the Defenders have worked on stories that include tracking internet sex predators, investigating the illegal dumping of medical waste and aggressive towing practices at a local bus station. He's also traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for stories on suspected terrorists and to an aircraft carrier off the coast of Florida for stories on San Antonio sailors. Plus, he's been to Indiana to visit the Toyota plant and to Florida to visit the PGA Village.
"My first priority is getting the facts right and then getting the story to our viewers first," Brian said. "People need to know what's going on in their city and it's our job, our sacred duty, to do the best we can to provide them with the information they need."
Brian began his journalism career at Spring High School, in Spring, Texas, where he was a reporter and chief photographer for the Spring Lion.
"That was a long time ago, but even then I knew I was in love with journalism. I knew I wanted to be where the big stories were happening and to be able to write and report on it," Brian said.
In college, he became a staff photographer for "The Aggieland," Texas A&M's award winning yearbook. Brian has witnessed some big events as a reporter. Soon after he started at KTBC-TV in Austin in 1984, he interviewed former president Richard Nixon.
"I was in awe standing before the president who was toppled by Watergate. I don't even remember asking any questions."
Brian was working at KVUE-TV in Austin when the Shuttle Challenger disaster happened. As 10 p.m. anchor at KBTX in Bryan-College Station, he covered President George H.W. Bush on his visits to Texas A&M. Brian covered the devastation Hurricane Hugo created in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989 while working at WTLV-TV in Jacksonville, Fla. Brian reported and anchored at KXAS-TV in Dallas from 1990-1996.
"I saw quite a lot in those six years," Mylar said. That included David Koresh and the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing. "We were in Oklahoma City about four hours after the bombing. We heard what had happened and jumped in the car and started driving. Fast. Very fast," he said. "My photographer and I found our way behind police barricades and were the only crew to videotape Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating on his tour of the disaster. And it was a disaster. I've never seen anything more devastating."
Brian then moved to the Midwest for a job as main anchor at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He won an award from the Associated Press for "Best Investigative Series of 1997." It was a story that revealed security lapses in daycare centers that placed children in danger. Because of that story, one daycare center in Fort Wayne was placed by the state on probation. While in Fort Wayne, Mylar also traveled with Indiana Catholics to see Pope John Paul II in St. Louis and to Oklahoma City again, this time to cover the aftermath of a series of killer tornadoes.
In 1999, Brian was lured back to Texas by the prospect of working for a statewide television network, TXN. He was hired as a correspondent in the Houston bureau, where he covered the 1999 Texas A&M bonfire collapse.
"I'm an Aggie and that collapse, that loss of life, really hit me hard. It was difficult to retain composure when you're standing at your alma mater talking about one of the school's greatest traditions and the tragedy connected to it," Brian said.
In April of 2000, he was promoted to primary evening anchor of "The News of Texas," and moved to San Antonio, TXN's headquarters. He anchored newscasts that were seen on television stations in every Texas market. However, the company eventually went out of business.
"One thing about television news, there's never a dull moment. But if you love what you do, you just have to hang on for the ride and see where it takes you. There are lots of ups, but there are lots of downs too."
Brian said that he hopes to stay in San Antonio for a long time. "I love (KSAT 12), I love living on the edge of the Hill Country and I love the things that make San Antonio famous worldwide: Great weather, great Tex-Mex food and friendly people."
Brian has a Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M in Marketing and a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Journalism. "Some people think that's strange to have degrees from two rival schools, but I think it's great. I'm kind of an Ag-Horn!"
His interests include gardening, bicycling, Mexican food and college football. Brian and his wife, ZZ, are the proud parents of three girls and a boy.