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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 four Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 16 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.

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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Local Mom Thanking “Layaway Angel” Who Helped Give Her Kids Christmas

A local mom didn’t know what she was going to do. A last-minute expense meant she couldn’t get the toys she had on layaway for her kids.

12/26/2013

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Injured Little Girl Gets Surprise After Fearing Santa Won’t Visit Her In Hospital

A 4-year-old girl hospitalized for burns was worried Santa Claus might not make it this year.

12/25/2013

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Police: Woman Armed With Screwdriver Broke Into Mailboxes, Took Mail

U.S. Postal Inspectors think they’ve found the woman who’s been prying into people’s mailboxes with a screwdriver.

12/13/2013

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Thieves Target Holiday Package Deliveries

In New York City, surveillance video catches a UPS driver dropping off a package, less than a minute late, a woman jumps out of a minivan and steals it.

12/12/2013

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Trick To Staying Warm Could Be What You Eat

A local doctor says you should consider more than how you bundle up your children for a cold bus stop, but also when you feed them.

12/11/2013

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Human Sized Robot Developed At CMU, Faces Next Test

A human-sized robot named CHIMP has been created by Carnegie Mellon’s University’s National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, and it’s getting ready for a big challenge.

12/10/2013

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Western Pa. Pastor Calls For “Camo Sunday”

A pastor from Western Pennsylvania is getting national attention for his idea of “Camo Sunday.”

11/29/2013

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Many Retailers Opening On Thanksgiving, Expanding Hours

More stores are opening on Thanksgiving or expanding their hours.

11/27/2013

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Donny & Marie Bringing Christmas Show To Pittsburgh

With the holidays coming up, Pittsburgh is getting a visit from Donny and Marie Osmond.

11/27/2013

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Winter Storm Causing Some To Change Holiday Travel Plans

Some people hit the road early for Thanksgiving hoping to get to where they’re going before the weather gets worse.

11/26/2013

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Behind The Scenes Of Reality Hit “Pawn Stars”

It’s becoming one of the most-watched reality shows on TV, “Pawn Stars.”

11/25/2013

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How Accurate Are Blood Pressure Machine Readings?

We’ve all seen them; maybe you use them, those blood pressure machines in drugs stores or supermarkets. But how accurate are the readings they give you?

11/22/2013

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Lottery Winners Being Targeted In New Scam

You buy a lottery scratch-off ticket and dream of winning. Shaun Heckmann won $1,000 more than a year ago; but then this week, he received a call.

11/20/2013

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Duquesne University Student Charged With Rape

A student at Duquesne University is charged in a case of alleged date rape.

11/18/2013

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Local Couple Has Once-In-A-Lifetime Brush With Stardom

A local couple apparently stole the some of the spotlight at a big Hollywood party this week.

11/15/2013

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