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 27 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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Allegiant Air Flight Headed To Pittsburgh Makes Emergency Landing Due To Turbulence

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New Questions Being Raised About Historic Photo That Has Local Ties

It’s one of the most iconic photos in American history: a group of men raising the American flag over Iwo Jima.

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Jackie Evancho’s Sister Tells Her Emotional Transition Story

“I’m a human being and I’m a girl. I was born a girl. I was just born with the wrong plumbing,”

05/02/2016

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Dog Found Bloodied, With Rope Embedded In Its Neck In Richland Twp.

A dog found bloody with a jump rope embedded in its neck is healing at a local animal hospital.

04/29/2016

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Republican John Kasich Campaigns Near His Hometown On Eve Of Pa. Primary

On the eve of the Pennsylvania Primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich held a town hall meeting at Montour High School.

04/25/2016

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Singer’s Sister Weighs In On Pine-Richland School’s Transgender Bathroom Debate

Jackie Evancho’s sister is speaking out about the transgender bathroom debate in the Pine-Richland School District.

04/21/2016

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Police: Argument Over $40 Led To Fatal Double Shooting In Etna

Court papers filed by police provide new information about the man charged in a double murder in Etna.

04/15/2016

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School District Warns Parents About ‘Squirt Gun Assassin Game,’ Says It’s ‘Serious Safety Issue’

A Westmoreland County school district is warning parents about a game that’s being played among some high school students that some say has become a serious safety issue.

04/14/2016

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Student Shot Near Sto-Rox High School, Police Searching For Shooter

Police continue searching for the gunman who shot a student outside of Sto-Rox High School during dismissal time Tuesday afternoon.

04/12/2016

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Clinton Speaks At CMU During Campaign Stop In Pittsburgh

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Pittsburgh Wednesday evening.

04/06/2016

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Winter-Like Temperatures Don’t Keep Pirates Fans Away From PNC Park

Despite a chill in the air, Pirates fans turned out for Tuesday evening’s game.

04/05/2016

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Concussion Concerns Prompt Rule Change For Local Youth Soccer League

Concern over concussions has led to a change in the rules for young soccer players in Western Pennsylvania.

03/31/2016

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Sanders’ Pa. Campaign Organizers Gearing Up For Presidential Candidate’s Pittsburgh Visit

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has chosen Pittsburgh as his first campaign stop in the state. He will speak at a rally at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

03/30/2016

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East Allegheny Schools, Other Programs Relieved Budget Impasse Is Over

News that Pennsylvania will have a budget because Gov. Tom Wolf will allow the GOP version to become law came just the nick of time for some school districts and social service groups.

03/23/2016

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Several Students From Pitt, PSU Studying Abroad In Brussels, None Directly Affected By Attacks

Students from two universities in our area were in Brussels Tuesday morning when the attacks happened, as part of their schools’ study abroad programs.

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