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 five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 22 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. He also serves on the board of the Persad Center.

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

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FAA Hiring Changes Leaving Some Qualified Air Traffic Controllers Without Jobs

he days leading up to and after Thanksgiving are some of the busiest time of the year to fly. Some say a change in the way the FAA hires people for those jobs could affect passengers’ safety.

11/27/2014

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Linda Ronstadt Opens Up About Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

Linda Ronstadt was once called the “Queen of Rock” and voted top female pop singer of the 1970s.

11/27/2014

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Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville Neighborhood Named A Top “Hipster” City

A local neighborhood is on a new list of trendy, up-and-coming communities around the world.

NewsRadio 1020 KDKA–11/26/2014

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Holiday Travelers Hit The Road Early In Anticipation Of Snow

The expected snow has already changed some people’s travel plans for Thanksgiving.

11/25/2014

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Do Niagara Falls On The Cheap With Winter Deals

Lots of people from our area visit Niagara Falls in the summer, but what about the winter?

11/25/2014

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Pittsburgh Kicks Off Holiday Season With Light Up Night, Santa Spectacular

Light Up Night and the Santa Spectacular are some of the biggest celebrations in Pittsburgh.

11/21/2014

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Police Investigating Allegations School Employee Tried To Have Administrators Assaulted

Did a school employee try to arrange to have three current or former administrators assaulted? State police in Fayette County are looking into it.

11/20/2014

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Toys On 2014 Worst List Could Cause Eye, Head Injuries

A consumer group has come out with its list of “worst toys” for 2014, and we found some of them being sold in local stores.

11/19/2014

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Locals Among Those Stranded In NY Snow Storm

Western New York has been walloped with snow, and at least three people from our area are among the many who are stranded on snow-covered highways.

11/18/2014

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Experts Exploring Link Between Natural Gas Drilling & Earthquakes

Some places that rarely have earthquakes are having them now, and officials have linked some of them to fracking or related activities.

11/17/2014

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Inside The Pittsburgh Zoo’s Elephant Conservation Center

Many of us have seen the African elephants at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, but the zoo has started a place in Somerset County few people have ever seen.

11/17/2014

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Evicted Resident In Police Custody After Friendship Standoff

A man who was evicted from his apartment in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood is in police custody after barricading himself inside the residence Thursday, and refusing to come out.

11/13/2014

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Local Man Invents Smartphone Mount As Cheaper Alternative To GoPros

More and more people are using GoPro cameras to capture action video.

11/12/2014

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How To Get A Jump Start On Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is still two weeks away, but for shoppers who really like to plan things out, some stores have already released their Black Friday ads.

11/11/2014

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Growing Florida Retirement Community Features Unique Drill Team Club

Many retirement communities have clubs. But there’s a pretty unique one at a place called “The Villages” in Florida.

11/07/2014

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