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 Flower Baskets Prepared For Pittsburgh Bridges

Hundreds of flower baskets were prepared this week to hang from Pittsburgh’s bridges this summer.

06/02/2016

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Apprentices Helping To Restore Kelly-Strayhorn Theater Into Community Gathering Place

It’s the 15th season for the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, or 102nd year, depending on how you look at it.

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Turtle Lays Eggs In Sand Trap At Wildwood Golf Club

If you play a round of golf at the Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park, be extra careful around the fourth hole. Snapping turtle eggs are buried in the sand trap!

05/31/2016

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Oakmont Girl First Patient At Children’s Hospital To Get Bilateral Cochlear Implants In Single Surgery

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People Pack Soldiers And Sailors Hall For Memorial Day

People packed Soldiers and Sailors Hall on Memorial Day.

05/30/2016

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Couple Buys & Renovates Butler Drive-In Theater

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05/27/2016

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Kennywood Holds Grand Re-Opening For Noah’s Ark Ride

Noah’s Ark has been a fixture in Kennywood Park for 90 years, but this year, the rocking funhouse got a makeover.

05/25/2016

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Local Chef Says Of Weeds: If You Can’t Beat Them, Eat Them

Pittsburghers have been renting goats to eat invasive species, like knotweed.

05/24/2016

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Pitt’s James Conner Ready To Get Back To His Teammates After Beating Cancer

All-America running back James Conner was an unstoppable force for the Pitt Panthers, until he faced the battle of his life.

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“Cat Café” Coming To Pittsburgh Area

The “Meow Parlour” of New York City is one of many “cat cafes” that have popped up, all over the world.

05/23/2016

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Relics Of Maronite Catholic Church Arrive In Scott Twp.

A sarcophagus bearing relics – bone fragments – of St. Sharbel of Lebanon arrive at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Church in Scott Township.

05/18/2016

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Central Catholic Track Star Not Letting Life’s Hurdles Hold Him Back

Central Catholic High School senior Jayson Dean has been a leader on his track team, despite the odds against him. He was born without a femur, the largest bone in his right leg.

05/17/2016

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Mayor, Councilwoman Kick Off Northside Sandwich Week

They make food from scratch, at Scratch Food and Beverage.

05/17/2016

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North Side Bike Shop Listed As 1 Of The Things “To Do In Pittsburgh Before You Die”

Tucked away in the Chateau section of the North Side is the biggest bike shop and museum in the world.

05/16/2016

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Bar Patrons Build Solution After Bridge Renovation Causes Inconvenience On Chicken Wing Night

Reconstruction of a bridge on Block House Run Road has caused a bit of inconvenience in New Brighton.

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