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,” 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. 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 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidhighfield.tv

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Ambridge Residents Worried Sewer Line Will Ruin Historical District

Old Economy Village in Ambridge allows you to peek back in time.

10/20/2014

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Popular Butler Co. Costume Store To Close Its Doors

It’s the last Halloween season for a well-known place to get costumes in Southern Butler County.

10/10/2014

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Rt. 28 Closed Overnight As Crews Work On Signs

A busy stretch of Route 28 will be closed for several hours overnight.

10/10/2014

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Security Guard, Suspect Scuffle Over $37K Rolex

Surveillance video shows a jewelry store security guard struggle with a man police say tried to steal watch worth $37,500.

10/09/2014

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Overnight Closures On Parkway West Begin

PennDOT shutdown the Parkway West inbound entirely Thursday around 10:30 p.m. in an attempt to improve safety in the construction zone at night.

10/02/2014

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South Side Bar Closed Indefinitely After Shooting

A bar on the South Side is closed and will remain that way indefinitely.

09/30/2014

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1 Dead After Chase Ends In Fiery Crash At North Side Church

One person has died following a police chase that ended in a fiery crash on Pittsburgh’s North Side Friday night.

09/26/2014

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Mom Upset After Mix-Up At Local School Allows 6-Year-Old To Leave Unattended

A local mom says she got a real scare when she showed up at school to pick up her 6-year-old daughter only to find her daughter wasn’t there.

09/26/2014

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State Police May Have Seen Ambush Suspect, Find Cigarettes, Diapers

Serbian cigarettes and dirty diapers are the latest evidence found in the search for Eric Frein, the man police say ambushed and killed a state trooper.

09/24/2014

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Local Artist Says Walmart Selling Her Painting Without Permission

A local artist is boiling mad because she says Walmart was selling one of her paintings without her permission.

09/22/2014

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Local Football Fans Reacting To Goodell News Conference

For the first time in more than a week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is publicly addressing his handling of the player domestic abuse scandal.

09/19/2014

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Businesses On Penn Ave. In Garfield Growing Impatient With Road Construction

A construction project on busy Penn Avenue in Garfield has fallen behind schedule and both drivers and business owners are feeling the pain.

09/18/2014

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Pirates Celebrate Roberto Clemente Day At Banksville Elementary

Students at Banksville Elementary School, decked from head to toe with Pirate Parrot hats and special No. 21 Roberto Clemente shirts, cheered for the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday afternoon.

09/17/2014

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Health Dept. Confirms 4 Cases Of Enterovirus D68 In Pa.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Health have confirmed three cases of the respiratory illness, Enterovirus 68, in the state.

09/16/2014

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State Police: Trooper Shot Dead Outside Barracks

Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities were searching Saturday for the suspect or suspects, state police said.

09/13/2014

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