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 as 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 creator and executive producer.

David has won seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 31 others. He’s also won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards: One for his report on a possible connection between Marcellus Shale drilling and earthquakes, and one for an examination of how many smoke detectors do not wake up children.

In addition, he’s 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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Hundreds Mourn Aliquippa Football Player Who Lost Battle With Cancer

Hundreds came together Monday night to mourn the death of a 19-year-old football player who lost his battle with cancer last week.

12/05/2016

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Back On Stage After 55-Day Strike

After a 55-day musician’s strike, the music of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is finally back at Heinz Hall.

12/02/2016

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Medical Students Volunteer To Play Music For Patients

Among the beep of monitors at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital is the sound of music.

12/02/2016

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Water Pressure Causing Problems For Vandergrift Firefighters

Fighting fires is a little more difficult in one local town because of a water pressure problem.

12/01/2016

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Business Booming For Holiday Pop-Up Stores In Pittsburgh

Do you know what a pop-up store is? It’s a growing trend in retail shopping, and Pittsburgh is not being left out.

11/29/2016

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Quick-Thinking 8th Grader Saves Choking Friend’s Life

The quick-thinking of one eighth grader may have saved his best friend’s life.

11/28/2016

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Gun Store Owners Seeing Slow Down In Sales Since Trump Victory

The election of Donald Trump has had an interesting effect on gun sales.

11/23/2016

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Many Of The Animals Seized In Brookline Find Homes, Others Will Soon Be Up For Adoption

Some of the nearly 200 animals rescued from a home in Brookline a few weeks ago have already been adopted, and others will be available soon.

11/22/2016

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Transplant Recipients Share Special Thanksgiving Meal With Donor’s Family

The people who shared an early Thanksgiving meal in Shadyside aren’t related, at least not in a traditional way.

11/22/2016

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Expert: Best Deals May Not Be On Black Friday

The days from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday keep changing when it comes to the best deals. But, the best days to shop may surprise you.

11/21/2016

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Lots Of Security On Hand As Warmer Weather Attracts Big Crowds To Light Up Night

The unusually warm weather on Friday night attracted a huge crowd to Downtown Pittsburgh for the annual kick off to the holiday season, Light Up Night.

11/19/2016

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Consumer Reports: Top Picks For Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping is just around the corner. Before you start buying presents, Consumer Reports is out with a gift guide that could help.

11/18/2016

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Couple Rearranges Wedding Plans After Injury Sends Bride’s Father To Hospital

Brides and grooms often take months to plan a wedding, but a local couple’s plans changed drastically after the bride’s father fell 20 feet out of tree stand.

11/18/2016

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Victims’ Families, Witnesses Recall Stabbing At Mental Health Facility

Five people are injured after an armed former patient entered Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health in Homestead and began attacking.

11/11/2016

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Better Business Bureau Warns Against Work-At-Home Schemes

The Better Business Bureau is warning people to look out for work-at-home schemes.

11/10/2016

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