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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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Volunteers Get Drunk To Help Officers With DUI Detection Training

Just in time for Super Bowl weekend, some people volunteered to get drunk, so police officers could have a better idea of what to look for when they’re identifying drunk drivers.

01/31/2014

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Fallen K-9 Officer Honored With Procession Past Handler’s Home, To Cemetery

Pittsburgh Police K-9 Officer Rocco died Thursday night, two days after being stabbed as police tried to capture a suspect.

01/30/2014

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Disney Cruises Offer Something For Everyone

Disney World is a popular vacation spot for Pittsburghers, but have you considered cruising the ocean Disney style?

01/30/2014

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Tarentum Nursing Home’s Sudden Closure Displaces Elderly Residents

It’s a cold night to have dozens of elderly people moving to new homes, but that’s exactly what’s happening after a surprising call to have everyone out of a personal care home by Friday.

01/23/2014

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New Bus Stop Warming Stations Getting Rave Reviews

Something new has arrived in Pittsburgh, just in time to warm people up.

01/22/2014

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Homeless Veterans Laid To Rest At Cemetery Of The Alleghenies

A pair of veterans were laid to rest Tuesday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

01/21/2014

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Forbes Hospice Flies Dying Man’s Family From Jamaica To Pittsburgh

A dying man’s wish was to see his wife and kids one more time, and thanks to the generosity and hard work of some Pittsburghers, that wish has come true.

01/20/2014

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Fayette Co. Family’s Luxury Treehouse Featured On National TV

A local treehouse was featured on national TV Friday night. But it’s not just any old treehouse. It’s a pretty spectacular one built by the Animal Planet reality show “Treehouse Masters.”

01/17/2014

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PennDOT Testing Beet Juice For Treating Icy, Snowy Roads

Could something from the garden help PennDOT deal with the snow and cold temperatures on the roads?

01/02/2014

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Cost Of Pa.’s New Gas Tax Expected To Be Passed On To Consumers

Pennsylvania’s new gas tax took effect Jan. 1.

01/01/2014

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Ice Labyrinth Creating Lots Of Buzz At First Night Pittsburgh

A new attraction drawing Pittsburghers to downtown’s New Year’s Eve celebration is a massive, icy labyrinth with walls five-feet high.

12/31/2013

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Thousands Gather Downtown To Ring In 2014

Pittsburgh’s New Year’s Eve celebration is underway downtown.

12/31/2013

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New Year Means New Light Bulb Regulations

Get ready to say goodbye to the light bulbs we all grew up with.

12/30/2013

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Rep. Murphy Hopes Mental Health Bill Will Prevent Future School Tragedies

Police in Connecticut have released thousands of pages of documents from the investigation into last year’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

12/27/2013

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Maintenance Worker Causes Stir At Waterfront After Claiming To See A Bobcat

Is a bobcat on the prowl in West Homestead? Some people swear they saw one today, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission says it was not a bobcat.

12/27/2013

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