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 as 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.

Some of his reports have aired on WCBS in New York and KCBS in Los Angeles. He’s also reported live on drought conditions for CBS This Morning and on a train derailment for WBBM in Chicago.

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 creator and executive producer.

David has won seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 31 others. He’s also won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards: One for his report on a possible connection between Marcellus Shale drilling and earthquakes, and one for an examination of how many smoke detectors do not wake up children.

In addition, he’s 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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidhighfield.tv, on Instagram at http://instagram.com/davidhighfield/, on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidhighfield/, read his blog at http://davidhighfield.tumblr.com or learn more about him at www.davidhighfield.com.

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Some Find Starbucks’ ‘Unity Cup’ Controversial This Election Season

Starbucks says its “Unity Cup” is supposed to show we’re all connected, but others are finding it controversial ahead of Election Day.

11/02/2016

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Estate Sale Website Allows Customers To Shop For “Everything But The House”

While hoarders have crossed a line, a house that’s jam-packed with stuff is exactly what excites Jacquie Denny and Brian Graves.

11/02/2016

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More Than 100 Animals Rescued From Home In Brookline

Animal control officers spent much of the afternoon rescuing more than 100 animals from a home in Brookline.

11/01/2016

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Mom Pleads For Information On Anniversary Of 11-Year-Old Son’s Shooting Death

Tuesday marks one year since an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed in his own home in Mount Oliver.

10/31/2016

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Vandergrift Restaurant Goes Up In Flames, Spreads To Building Next Door

An intense, multi-alarm fire erupted at a restaurant in Westmoreland County on Friday evening.

10/28/2016

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Bon Jovi Rocks Soldiers & Sailors Hall During Clinton Campaign Concert

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi did what he does best at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland, and that’s make music.

10/27/2016

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11 Pittsburgh Police Officers Receive Promotions

Five Pittsburgh police officers became sergeants, five sergeants became lieutenants and one lieutenant became a commander today.

10/14/2016

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Parenting Expert: Presidential Campaign Can Be Teaching Tool For Kids

The presidential campaign has been a little different from previous years. So, what do you tell your kids? Should you even allow them to follow the race?

10/11/2016

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Worried Travelers Arrive In Pittsburgh With Hurricane Bearing Down On Florida

There are plenty of concerns for Florida and Floridians as the powerful Hurricane Matthew bears down on the state, and now the storm is affecting Pittsburgh-area travelers.

10/06/2016

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Amazon’s New Delivery System Unnerves Some Moms

Amazon’s newest delivery method had some local moms a little unnerved.

10/05/2016

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Boy Scout Advisor Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

A Shaler Township man with reported connections to the Boy Scouts has been arrested, accused of having child pornography.

10/04/2016

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Man Wounded In Shooting Near Monroeville Restaurant

A love triangle may have led to a shooting outside of the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in Monroeville late Tuesday night.

10/04/2016

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Police Looking For Suspects In Mt. Lebanon Car Break-Ins

It happened while people slept in Mount Lebanon, valuables stolen from more than a dozen cars.

09/29/2016

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Newborn Baby Found In Gas Station Trash Bin

Police in Westmoreland County are investigating after a newborn baby was found in the bathroom of a gas station.

09/28/2016

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