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 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 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

(Source: KDKA Viewer)

Heavy Rains Prompt Flood Warning For Parts Of Area

Days of heavy rain continue to cause flash flooding problems across the area.

06/13/2014

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Police Make Arrest In Multi-County String Of Copper Thefts

Police believe they know who’s responsible for a string of copper thefts across several counties in our area.

06/12/2014

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Local Church Featured In New Blockbuster Throws Premiere Party

Red Carpet. Cameras. Fancy Dresses. It was a movie gala Mount Lebanon-style.

06/05/2014

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Police: Woman Attempted To Shoot Husband Over Closed Bathroom Door

A 60-year-old woman from Friendship is charged with attempting to kill her husband after he wouldn’t open the bathroom door, according to police papers.

06/04/2014

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FBI Cracking Down On Laser Pointers Aimed At Planes, Choppers

The FBI wants to crack down on people who point laser pens at planes or helicopters.

06/03/2014

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Ft. Pitt Tunnel Dog Reunited With His Owner After Going Missing 3 Weeks Ago

Chico the Chihuahua mix is back in his owners’ arms after a frightening trip through the Fort Pitt Tunnel on Monday.

06/03/2014

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Bogus Utility Co. Employees Dupe Woman Out Of $3K

Officials are warning the public, after thieves stole $3,000 worth of cash and jewelry out of a local woman’s home.

05/26/2014

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Franklin Regional First Responders Honored At PNC Park

An honor at PNC Park for the paramedics and EMTs who responded when 20 students and a now-retired school resource officer were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville last month.

05/23/2014

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Bruce Springsteen Back In Pittsburgh For Special Concert

Bruce Springsteen played at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland with his friend, local rocker Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers.

05/23/2014

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Same-Sex Weddings Expected To Bring In Money For Local Businesses

Pamela Vanhaitsma and Jess Garity of Shadyside have waited years for to be officially married.

05/22/2014

(Source: Ambridge Police Chief James Mann)

Ambridge H.S. Student In Custody After Knife Found During Lockdown

A 15-year-old boy was taken into police custody after a knife was found in his backpack today while police were conducting a search of Ambridge High School in Beaver County.

05/21/2014

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Elizabeth Twp. Knights Of Columbus Looking For Owner Of Valuable Ring

Knights of Columbus collecting money in Elizabeth Township over the weekend got quite a surprise.

05/19/2014

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Telling The Secrets Of Restaurants’ Hidden Menus

Did you know there are “secret menus” people are ordering from at a bunch of restaurants now.

05/15/2014

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Plum Residents Sick Of Trash Piled Up On Former Tavern’s Property

People in Plum are unhappy about a property that used to have a tavern on it.

05/13/2014

(Photo Credit: KDKA) Photojournalist Jeff Roupe)

Man In Custody After Police Converge On Ross Twp. Home

One man was taken into custody this afternoon when a swarm of police converged on a home near a local pizza shop in Ross Township.

05/09/2014

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