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Harold Hayes

hayes Harold HayesHarold Hayes joined KDKA-TV in August of 1979 as a general assignment reporter and has covered everything from military operations in the Middle East to landmark local court cases.

His overseas coverage includes Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia in 1990, the government of Kuwait’s memorial to the local lives lost during Operation Desert Storm in 1993, and the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005.

Locally, Harold follows up on stories that made headlines years ago and still have impact on the community. For example, he covered the 1981 court-ordered desegregation that resulted in the merger of the Woodland Hills School District. Twenty years later, he found one of the students he interviewed then — who had become a parent of a graduate that year.

Harold is involved with many community organizations. A recipient of a scholarship from the Negro Educational Emergency Fund (NEED), Harold has since become a spokesperson for the organization and upon his mother’s death in 1994, Harold created a scholarship in her name for local students. He also helps raise money for the Rev, J. Harold Hayes Scholarship, named for his late father, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in McKeesport.

After graduation from college, Harold worked as a research assistant in the “Reading is Fundamental” program, sponsored by the Urban League of Pittsburgh. In 1976, he became a staff announcer for WSIV AM-FM Radio in Pekin, Illinois. The following year he took the position of weekend anchor/producer/reporter at WRAU-TV in Peoria, Illinois and worked there until accepting his present position at KDKA-TV.

Born in McKeesport, Harold went on to graduate from South Hills High School and the University of Pittsburgh in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Communications. Harold spent all of his youth in the area and currently lives in Pittsburgh with his wife. His oldest daughter is a graduate of the University of Maryland and his youngest daughter is a student at Penn State.

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Mother Angry Butler Co. Daycare Didn’t Disclose Molestation Accusations

There are new developments in the case of a man charged with molesting children at a Butler County daycare.

5 hours ago

(Source: Margot Cicci)

Neighbors Shocked After Dozens Of Abandoned Cats Euthanized

Neighbors in one Mount Lebanon community are outraged after dozens of abandoned cats found in a home by a private contractor brought in to remove them were euthanized.

15 hours ago

(Source: Mike White)

Driver Rescued During Flash Flooding In Greenville

A report of rising water has left at least one person trapped in Mercer County.

08/21/2014

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Chicora Daycare Operator’s Husband Facing Child Molestation Charges

The husband of a daycare operator in Butler County has been charged with molesting children at the center.

08/20/2014

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Man Accused Of Shooting, Paralyzing Officer Found Guilty

A man accused of shooting and paralyzing a Pittsburgh police officer was found guilty on all counts Monday afternoon.

08/18/2014

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Closing Arguments In Trial Of Man Accused Of Shooting, Paralyzing Officer

Closing arguments are expected to begin Friday against the man accused of shooting and paralyzing a Pittsburgh police officer
Defendant James Hill took the stand Friday and denied firing his weapon at all.

08/15/2014

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Jury Shown Pictures Of Guns Used In Shooting That Left Officer Paralyzed

The jury in the trial of James Hill saw pictures of the guns used during the shootout Thursday.

08/14/2014

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KDKA’s Harold Hayes Awarded For 35 Years Of Reporting

Wednesday was just another day for KDKA-TV reporter Harold Hayes.

08/13/2014

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Jury Hears Dispatch Tapes Of Shooting That Left Officer Paralyzed

The jury in the trial of James Hill heard police dispatch tapes the day of the shooting that paralyzed Officer Morgan Jenkins.

08/13/2014

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Allegheny County Crime Lab Facing Uncertain Future

The state subsidy for the Allegheny County crime lab has dwindled from about seven million dollars down to zero in recent years. A number of officials told legislators from Harrisburg what could happen if that doesn’t change.

08/12/2014

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Police: Man, 60, Solicited Girl, 14, On Facebook

A 60-year-old Beaver County man has been charged with using Facebook to solicit a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act.

08/11/2014

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Police Say Man Tried To Have Trial Witness Rubbed Out From Jail

A man who was awaiting trial in the Allegheny County Jail will now face murder charges after he allegedly plotted to kill a witness in his case.

08/08/2014

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Ian Smith)

Applause In Courtroom As Mom, Grandparents Accused Of Starving Boy Ordered To Trial

A mother and grandparents accused of starving and abusing a 7-year-old, who was described as looking like a human skeleton when he was found, were in court this afternoon in Mercer County.

08/07/2014

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Local Pastor Accused In Teen Sex Assault Case Facing New Charges

A Homestead pastor accused of having sexual relations with a boy in his church now faces new charges.

08/06/2014

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Local Neighborhoods Using National Night Out To Band Together Against Crime

It’s National Night Out, a chance for communities to band together to fight crime.

08/05/2014

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