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.

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 executive producer.

David has won five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 27 others. In 2015, he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his report on a possible connection between Marcellus Shale drilling and earthquakes. 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, 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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Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found In Pittsburgh

The Allegheny County Health Department has announced it will spray pesticide in Pittsburgh’s West End after Mosquitos tested positive for West Nile Virus.

07/27/2015

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School Bus Driver Fired After Child Found Alone On Bus

A bus driver has been fired after a mother says her 5-year-old son was left alone on a parked school bus for nearly an hour earlier this week.

07/23/2015

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“Shared Space” Concept Being Discussed To Make Downtown’s Gateway Center Safer

There’s an idea being discussed for part of Downtown Pittsburgh that could change things in a way you might not expect.

07/23/2015

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Surprised Family Captures Swimming Bear On Video In Armstrong Co.

A family in Armstrong County had a close encounter with a bear over the weekend.

07/21/2015

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Boy, 4, Doing Well After Transplant, To Be Guest Of Honor At Wounded Warrior Event

One of two little boys who received organs from a girl who passed away in Nebraska is doing well enough to leave the hospital for a few hours on Saturday.

07/17/2015

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Website Goldstar Offers Steep Discounts On Tickets

Why pay full price when you could pay half-price instead?

07/17/2015

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Picklesburgh Starts: Pittsburgh Can’t Keep Its Love Of Pickles Canned Up

Picklesburgh is officially underway!

07/17/2015

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Get Your Fill Of Pickled Treats At First-Ever Picklesburgh

Who doesn’t love a good pickle?!

07/16/2015

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New Owner Of Old Tin Angel Restaurant Asking Public For Name Suggestions

A landmark Pittsburgh restaurant that closed earlier this year is getting a new life.

07/15/2015

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Mt. Lebanon Commissioners Approve Archery Hunt To Control Deer Population

Mount Lebanon Commissioners approved with a vote of 4 to 1 moving ahead with a company that will oversee an archery hunt in an effort to attack the deer population.

07/14/2015

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Residents Frustrated, Worried As Raccoons Overrun Wilkinsburg

People in Wilkinsburg say they’re suffering through an invasion of raccoons.

07/08/2015

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Edgewood First Responders Hailed Heroes For Helping Mom Safely Deliver Her Baby

It became clear an expectant mother in Edgewood wasn’t going to make it to the hospital to give birth.

07/06/2015

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Expert Tips On How To Declutter Your Home

Does it feel like you’re losing the war on clutter at your home?

07/06/2015

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2nd Local Child Receives Transplant From Nebraska Girl

The same donor who gave 2-year-old Lucas Goeller a new liver is also helping another little boy.

07/02/2015

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State AG Files Suit Against Senior Living Center For Poor Care Of Residents

People living in nursing homes were left thirsty, hungry, dirty and unable to summon help to even go to the bathroom, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Wednesday.

07/01/2015

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