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 22 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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02/17/2015

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List Of 36 Questions May Increase Chances Of Falling In Love

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02/13/2015

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Wind Chill Advisory In Effect As Temperatures Dip Dangerously Low

According to the National Weather Service, a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday through noon on Friday.

02/12/2015

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Yale’s Canine Cognition Center Studying The Minds Of Man’s Best Friend

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?

02/11/2015

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Budweiser’s Super Bowl Ad Sparks Controversy With Craft Beer Makers

Budweiser has sparked a firestorm with its Super Bowl ad bashing craft beers.

02/10/2015

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What’s sensible and what’s silly when it comes to fighting the germs that can give you colds and the flu?

02/10/2015

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Elderly Man Helps Take Down Shoplifter At Washington Co. Mall

A senior citizen helped take down a would-be shoplifter at a Washington County mall this weekend.

02/09/2015

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Garth Brooks Double Header Concerts Create Traffic Gridlock

Country music superstar Garth Brooks is performing two double-headers in a row in Pittsburgh Friday and Saturday night.

02/06/2015

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Police Investigate Stolen Credit, Debit Card Information In Penn Hills

Police in Penn Hills are investigating how people’s credit or debit card information was stolen.

02/06/2015

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Girl Honoring Her Late Father By Donating Girl Scout Cookies To Children’s Hospital

A 7-year-old girl is using Girl Scout cookies to honor her father who passed away.

02/03/2015

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Many Funeral Homes Now Offering Services For Pet Owners

More funeral homes and cemeteries in our area are now offering services catering to animal lovers and their pets.

02/03/2015

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Local Researcher Studying Ways To Extend The Lives Of Pets

Is there a way to help your dog or cat live longer? And not just longer, but also with a better quality of life?

02/02/2015

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New Ransom-Ware Scam Locking Victims Out Of Their Own Smartphones

The Better Business Bureau is warning people about a scam where your cellphone isn’t merely infected, it’s frozen, and the scammers demand ransom to unlock it.

01/30/2015

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Road Crews Monitor Overnight Weather Conditions As Temperatures Drop, Winter Mix Falls

A wintry mix of precipitation moved into the Pittsburgh area late Thursday morning and is having an effect on the roads.

01/29/2015

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Northeast Prepares For More Snow, Many Flights Cancelled

Although it might not seem like it, Pittsburgh is a lot better off than many other areas in the North East.

01/26/2015

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