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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Humane Society, Uber Teaming Up To Deliver Puppies To Your Workplace

You can have some puppies delivered to your work on Thursday in Pittsburgh, thanks to Uber.

05/18/2016

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Save Time & Money With New & Popular Apps

What if we told you that you can save money by using your cell phone? It’s true, but only if you have the right apps.

05/18/2016

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Lottery Officials Hoping New Home Makeover Scratch-Off Game Will Be A Hit

It’s a first for the Pennsylvania Lottery: an instant game now on sale where you can win a home makeover.

05/17/2016

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2 Local Women Describe “Terrifying” Uber Ride

They say they feared for their lives. Two women who claim their Uber driver was driving recklessly and way too fast.

05/16/2016

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Local Teen Has Special Prom Night Thanks To Friend’s “Promposal”

“Promposals” have become a thing. They’re sometimes-elaborate ways teenagers ask each other the prom.

05/13/2016

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Local Store One Of The First To Offer Demonstrations Of New Virtual Reality Gadget

It’s one of the most talked about virtual reality experiences out there: Oculus Rift.

05/12/2016

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PRC Holding “Hard To Recycle” Collection To Help People Get Rid Of Old TVs

You’re in luck if you’re looking to get rid of an old TV, but it’s going to cost you some money.

05/11/2016

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Intense, Smoky Fire Destroys Former Business In Greenfield

Flames and thick smoke destroyed a building Wednesday afternoon in Greenfield.

05/11/2016

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New Attractions Based On Recent Blockbusters Coming To Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has some additions and changes this summer, and some of them are based blockbuster hits such as “Frozen” and “Star Wars.”

05/09/2016

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Infamous Graffiti Tagger Now Using His Art Skills In A Different Way

He became infamous for his graffiti in Pittsburgh. You probably remember seeing his tag “Mook” in some prominent places.

05/06/2016

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Experts Offer Some Less Obvious Reasons For Feeling Tired

Do you feel tired all the time and you’re not sure why?

05/05/2016

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Allegiant Air Flight Headed To Pittsburgh Makes Emergency Landing Due To Turbulence

An Allegiant Airlines flight from Punta Cana to Pittsburgh had to make an emergency landing in Florida Thursday afternoon after hitting serious turbulence.

05/05/2016

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New Questions Being Raised About Historic Photo That Has Local Ties

It’s one of the most iconic photos in American history: a group of men raising the American flag over Iwo Jima.

05/04/2016

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Jackie Evancho’s Sister Tells Her Emotional Transition Story

“I’m a human being and I’m a girl. I was born a girl. I was just born with the wrong plumbing,”

05/02/2016

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Dog Found Bloodied, With Rope Embedded In Its Neck In Richland Twp.

A dog found bloody with a jump rope embedded in its neck is healing at a local animal hospital.

04/29/2016

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