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 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, 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.
It was the last Armstrong County Backyard Brawl.
Old Economy Village in Ambridge allows you to peek back in time.
It’s the last Halloween season for a well-known place to get costumes in Southern Butler County.
A busy stretch of Route 28 will be closed for several hours overnight.
Surveillance video shows a jewelry store security guard struggle with a man police say tried to steal watch worth $37,500.
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.
A bar on the South Side is closed and will remain that way indefinitely.
One person has died following a police chase that ended in a fiery crash on Pittsburgh’s North Side Friday night.
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.
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.
A local artist is boiling mad because she says Walmart was selling one of her paintings without her permission.
For the first time in more than a week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is publicly addressing his handling of the player domestic abuse scandal.
A construction project on busy Penn Avenue in Garfield has fallen behind schedule and both drivers and business owners are feeling the pain.
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.
Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Health have confirmed three cases of the respiratory illness, Enterovirus 68, in the state.