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,” which 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 played a news reporter in the 2009 short film “Tommy and Me.” It was produced by Fleadh Films and benefited Operation Safety Net, which helps people who are homeless.

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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1 Dead In Washington Co. High Rise Fire

One person has died in a fire at a senior high rise in Washington County.

12/19/2014

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Good Samaritans Stepping Up To Help Charities Caught In Toys For Tots Mix-Up

People are stepping up to help after a mix-up involving Toys for Tots that meant hundreds of kids might not get toys for Christmas. But what lead to the problem is still a bit of a mystery.

12/19/2014

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Toys For Tots Mix-Up Has Local Charities Asking For Last-Minute Donations

Toys for Tots is known for making the holidays special for kids by making sure they get a toy.

12/18/2014

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FBI Releases New Surveillance Images Of South Side Bank Robbery Suspects

Pittsburgh Police and the FBI have released new surveillance images of two men wanted in connection with a brazen bank robbery earlier this week on the city’s South Side.

12/18/2014

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Sony Pulls Plug On Controversial New Movie Over Threats

Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.

12/18/2014

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Shooting Victim Found Dead In Car In Elementary School Parking Lot

Sunnyside Elementary School in Pittsburgh’s Morningside section was put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon when a shooting victim was found dead on school property.

12/17/2014

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Police Searching For 2 South Side Bank Robbery Suspects

Police are investigating a Tuesday morning bank robbery on the South Side.

12/16/2014

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Pens Bennett Diagnosed With Mumps, Children’s Hospital Taking Precautions

A day after it was confirmed that Sidney Crosby has the mumps, another Penguins player is showing symptoms.

12/15/2014

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Smashburger Opens First Pittsburgh Restaurant

The newest entry in the better burger battle in the area opened Wednesday in Monroeville.

12/10/2014

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Local Actress Working With Hospitals To Improve Bedside Manner

A local actress is doing something that could improve the way your doctor treats you. You might call it “Bedside Manner School.”

12/08/2014

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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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