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David Highfield

david highfield David HighfieldYou may have seen David at the anchor desk or reporting in the field, but he actually began behind the scenes at KDKA.

David got his start at KDKA as a writer in 1991 before being promoted to a newscast producer. It wasn’t long, though, before he was in front of the camera, first as the Westmoreland County Bureau Chief and then later the Beaver/Butler Bureau Chief. Since 2001, he has been reporting primarily for the 11 p.m. news.

Among the news events David has covered: Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S., the shootings at Virginia Tech, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Amish schoolhouse shootings, the death of Mayor Bob O’Connor, the crash of Flight 427 and Richard Baumhammers’ shooting spree.

David also co-hosts KDKA-TV’s newsmagazine “Your Pittsburgh” with Kimberly Gill. The show highlights new and exciting things happening in our area. In addition to hosting, he’s the program’s executive producer.

David has won four Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 16 others. He’s also won Golden Quills for feature reporting, an award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association, and a Matrix award for flood coverage. His hometown inducted him into the Ford City Hall of Fame in 2008, and in 2013, he was inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame for numerous sports-related stories he’s covered over the years.

He has donated his time to several local charities including the American Red Cross, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County.

David attended Ford City High School and graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with high honors.

He lives in Lawrenceville.

You can connect with him on Twitter @DavidHighfield or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidhighfield.tv

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Ian Smith)

Source: Body Found Near Stowe Twp. Train Tracks May Have Been Dumped

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a body found in the woods near the train tracks in Stowe Township Friday afternoon.

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Roofers Making Repairs May Have Sparked Allentown Church Fire

Officials believe workers using a blowtorch may have sparked a fire that damaged a church in Pittsburgh’s Allentown section Thursday afternoon.

08/28/2014

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Monroeville Fire Dept. Sets Off Firestorm With Racy Calendar Fundraiser

A fundraising idea for a local fire department is raising eyebrows.

08/27/2014

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Parents, State Sen. Fight For Legalization Of Pot To Treat Epilepsy

Parents of children with different types of epilepsy explained how medical marijuana could help their kids without the serious side effects of other drugs, at a town hall meeting in Export Tuesday night.

08/26/2014

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Couple Calls Mr. Rooter To Rescue Kitten Trapped In Drain

A local couple didn’t have a cat, but they kept hearing meowing.

08/25/2014

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Better Business Bureau Issues Warning Over New Computer Scam

The Better Business Bureau has a warning about a computer scam that’s going around. It’s actually an old scam with a new twist.

08/18/2014

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Scammers Using Robin Williams’ Death To Dupe People On Social Media

The death of Robin Williams stunned a lot of people.

08/13/2014

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Black Rat Snake Undergoes Surgery After Eating Ceramic Egg

A 5-foot, black rat snake is recovering after having surgery to remove a fake egg from its intestinal tract.

08/13/2014

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Police Chief Investigated After Being Involved In Serious Crash

Police are investigating a car crash that involved a local police chief and seriously injured both the chief and a woman.

08/12/2014

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Cornell – Moon Area School Districts Discussing Possible Merger

To merge, or not to merge, that’s the question for the Cornell School District after the Moon Area School District reached out to them earlier this summer.

08/11/2014

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Scammers Posing As Amazon Trying To Trick Consumers

If you shop online, be aware of a phony email that’s circulating.

08/08/2014

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Local Peace Corps Volunteer Evacuated From Ebola-Stricken West Africa

The Peace Corps is evacuating volunteers from Ebola-stricken West Africa, and that includes a local man.

08/07/2014

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UPMC Prepared To Care For Ebola Patients

A second American aid worker infected with Ebola has arrived in the United States.

08/05/2014

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Korean War Soldier’s Remains To Return Home

His family had given up hope, but thanks to DNA technology, the remains of a serviceman who died 63 years ago in the Korean War will finally be coming home.

08/04/2014

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Last-Ditch Effort To Save Conneaut Lake Park Unveiled

Many Pittsburgh families have made memories at historic Conneaut Lake Park.

07/30/2014

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