Dave Crawley

crawley1 Dave CrawleyDave Crawley joined KDKA in April of 1988 where he reports on the interesting stories of “KD Country.”

Throughout his career, Dave has visited many towns and has enjoyed learning about community activities and interests. He has taped more than 5,000 stories. Dave also wrote and produced a highly acclaimed documentary, “Celebrating 50 Years in Our Hometowns.” Before joining KDKA-TV, Dave was a news anchor/reporter for WMTV-TV in Madison, Wisconsin.

Numerous awards have been given to Dave throughout his career. He has won 13 Emmy awards, including “Outstanding Feature Reporter” in the Mid-Atlantic states, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast news writing. Dave received the “Bill Burns Award” for journalistic excellence at the 2014 Art Rooney Award Dinner.

The celebrity chairman of walkathons sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and other groups, Dave is active in many local organizations. He is also the author of a book titled Sidelights on Wisconsin.

Known for his rhyming stories on KDKA-TV, Dave has branched out into children’s literature. Dave’s first book, the critically-acclaimed Cat Poems honors our feline friends. His second book, Dog Poems, was selected at one of “The best Children’s Books of the Year” by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee. Dave’s book of school poems, Reading, Rhyming and ‘Rithmetic received a starred review (“Highly Recommended”) from the Library Media Connection. His 4th book of children’s poetry is titled “Crawley Bugs.” As the title suggests, it’s a book of insects, spiders, and their kin.

Dave also has numerous poems in ten anthologies: Rolling in the Aisles, If Kids Ruled the School, Miles of Smiles, I Invited a Dragon to Dinner, Peter Peter Pizza Eater, My Teacher’s In Detention, Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Pound A Poem, and What I Did On My Summer Vacation.

In addition, he has published dozens of poems in 13 national children’s magazines, including “Ranger Rick”, “Cricket”, and “Jack and Jill.”

Dave won the 2013 “March Madness of Children’s Poetry,” finishing number one in a competition of leading children’s poets around the world.

Dave makes frequent appearances at area schools, reading his rhymes to poets of the future. To contact him about making an appearance at a school, email: dcrawley@kdka.com.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Dave went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he now resides in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Dave enjoys traveling and meeting people in the hometowns of the tri-state area.

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Hundreds Of Local Families Counting On KD Turkey Fund This Holiday Season

Baskets of food are lined up, single file, at the Walnut Grove Food Bank in West Mifflin. Also waiting in line are individuals and families in need. The food bank provides necessities twice a month.


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Kennywood Tree Undergoing Big Addition For ‘Holiday Lights’ Show

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Local Hockey Team Helps Teach Kids With Disabilities

John Stevenson’s sons, Tobias and Machaiah, play for the Pittsburgh Emperors, a team whose primary goal is teaching kids with developmental delays and disabilities the sport of hockey.


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Mr. McFeely Kicks Off 16th Annual Sweater Drive

Mr. McFeely, of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” delivers a warm welcome to kids gathered at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.


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Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan Gets Early Screening Of New Movie

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Mt. Lebanon YouTube Sensation To Perform At Light Up Night

A Mt. Lebanon teenager named Daya has become a YouTube sensation. Thursday morning, she told a PPG Wintergarden news conference she’ll be on stage for Light Up Night.


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Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Gets Black & Gold Tour Of Pittsburgh

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town for eight shows at CONSOL Energy Center.



Effort Growing To Build Broadcasting Museum In Pittsburgh

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Do apparitions hide in the shadows of Harmony and Zelienople? That’s the story told in brief journeys known as “Nightmare Tours,” Friday and Saturday night.


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Survey Breaks Down Favorite Halloween Candy State By State, Finds Pa. Likes Swedish Fish

A state-by-state survey of Halloween candy favorites includes Pennsylvania’s choice: a fruity treat called Swedish Fish.


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Local Grad Takes Home Top Prize On Popular SyFy Channel Reality Show

Nora Hewitt, graduate of Tom Savini’s Special Makeup and Effects program in Monessen, competes in the grand finale of the SyFy channel’s “Face Off” reality show.


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Popular Halloween Costumes Available At Local Store

Scary costumes are always big at Halloween. But shops like Costume World track the latest trends. This is the year of the popular Pontiff.


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Local Boy Hopes To Collect 1,000 Sweaters For Annual Drive

Crisp days of early autumn bring color to the branches, and the decorated front hall of Edgeworth Elementary School.


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Football Legend Jim Kelly Returns To Hometown With Special Gift, Inspirational Words

East Brady is a quiet river town, northeast of Pittsburgh. But a young man who grew up there would lead the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls.




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