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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” with Kimberly Gill. The show highlights new and exciting things happening in our area. In addition to hosting, he’s the program’s executive producer.

David has won four Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 16 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.

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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Plum Residents Sick Of Trash Piled Up On Former Tavern’s Property

People in Plum are unhappy about a property that used to have a tavern on it.

05/13/2014

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Man In Custody After Police Converge On Ross Twp. Home

One man was taken into custody this afternoon when a swarm of police converged on a home near a local pizza shop in Ross Township.

05/09/2014

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Could New App Help Reduce Need For Reading Glasses?

What if you learned that you could get rid of your reading glasses by spending a few minutes each week doing some exercises on your iPhone or iPad for a few months?

05/08/2014

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Wilderness Survival School Growing In Popularity

You’ve probably seen reality TV shows such as “Survivor” or “Naked and Afraid,” where people have to use their wits to survive in the wild. But, what’s it like in real life?

05/07/2014

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Out-Of-County Jury To Be Used In Trial For Doctor Accused Of Wife’s Cyanide Death

Dr. Robert Ferrante will still be tried in the Allegheny County Courthouse, but the jury that will hear his case will come from a different county.

05/06/2014

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Handcyclists Preparing To Compete In Pittsburgh Marathon

Not everyone competing in the Pittsburgh Marathon will be running. There’s a group of local handcyclists who will compete in the wheelchair division.

05/03/2014

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Mayor Looking At Options To Get Abandoned Hazelwood Plant Cleaned Up

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says he’s looking at what the city might be able to do to help frustrated residents in Hazelwood.

05/01/2014

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Experts Offer Tips To Look Your Best In Photos

There’s going to be lots of picture-taking this summer from vacations to family reunions and weddings – not to mention prom season. Do you know how to look your best when there’s a camera around?

05/01/2014

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Rising Cost Of Meats, Produce Affecting Some Local Businesses

Be prepared for a shock if you haven’t bought meat the grocery store lately. Beef prices are way up.

04/29/2014

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Indiana Twp. Man Hopes To Visit The Red Planet With “Mars One” Venture

Landing on the Moon was an historic moment.

04/28/2014

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Score Deals On Last-Minute Summer Travel Plans

Lots of people from our area will head to the beach this summer, and it’s not too late.

04/25/2014

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Johnny Rockets Coming To Kennywood, Other Changes Ahead For New Season

Kennywood opens May 3, and you’ll notice some changes this year, including one that could save you money.

04/24/2014

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Rally Held To Usher Franklin Regional Students Back To Normal Life

Before Franklin Regional High School students go back to class on Wednesday, the community held a rally to show their support Tuesday night at Murrysville Community Park.

04/15/2014

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Kiski Valley Rugby Team Dedicates Win To Teammate Stabbed At Franklin Regional

Even though the Kiski Valley Titans had to play without teammate Nick Snyder, he was on everyone’s mind. In fact, the team dedicated Friday night’s game in South Park to Snyder.

04/11/2014

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Friends Come To Each Other’s Aid During Franklin Regional Attack

Brett Hurt says it all happened so fast. He doesn’t recall a heroic move; instead, he remembers it as a playful push.

04/10/2014

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