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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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Carnegie, Millvale Remember Hurricane Ivan Devastation 10 Years Later

An ecumenical prayer service is being held tonight in Carnegie to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the floods that claimed a life there following Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

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Couple Sentenced In Abuse Of Adopted Kids Case

A couple that pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges back in June, was sentenced Monday morning.

09/15/2014

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Cameron McLay Introduced As Pittsburgh Police Chief

Pittsburgh met its new Police Chief Friday for the first time.

09/12/2014

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Juror Excused In Trial Of Man Paralyzed During Traffic Stop

Jury deliberations in the trial of Leon Ford, who was paralyzed during a November 2012 traffic stop in the city’s East End, will begin from the beginning.

09/11/2014

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2nd Day Of Deliberations Ends In Trial Of Man Paralyzed During Traffic Stop

Jury deliberations resumed Wednesday in the trial of Leon Ford, who was paralyzed during a November 2012 traffic stop in the city’s East End.

09/10/2014

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Closing Arguments Wrap Up In Trial Of Man Paralyzed During Traffic Stop

The jury heard closing arguments today in the trial of Leon Ford, who was paralyzed during a November 2012 traffic stop in the city’s East End.

09/09/2014

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Defense Expert: Police Violated Procedure In Traffic Stop That Left Man Paralyzed

The trial for a man of a man left paralyzed following a traffic stop in the city’s East End in November of 2012 resumed Monday morning.

09/08/2014

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Officer Denies Telling Injured Suspect, ‘I Hope You Die’ After Police Confrontation

A second police officer resumed his testimony Thursday in the trial of a man left paralyzed following a traffic stop in the city’s East End in November of 2012.

09/04/2014

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Officers Testify In Trial For Man Shot, Paralyzed During Police Confrontation

The trial for a man who was shot and paralyzed during a traffic stop with Pittsburgh Police continued Wednesday.

09/03/2014

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Trial Begins For Man Shot, Paralyzed During Police Confrontation

The trial for a man who was shot and paralyzed during a traffic stop with Pittsburgh Police began Tuesday morning.

09/02/2014

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Political Undertones Apparent At Annual Labor Day Parade

Pittsburgh always celebrates with one of the largest Labor Day parades around, but this year’s event had more political undertones than in years’ past.

09/01/2014

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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.

08/23/2014

(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.

08/22/2014

(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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