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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