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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Councilman Hoping To Bring Crime Reporting App To Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess has introduced a bill that would potentially give anyone with a smartphone the ability to report crime with technology far beyond dialing 911.

06/25/2015

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Man Accused Of Robbing Bank With Sex Toy To Undergo Mental Evaluation

The man accused of robbing a Crafton bank with a sex toy disguised as a fake bomb waived a hearing and will receive a mental health evaluation.

06/25/2015

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Plum Teacher Wants Sex Charges With 18-Year-Old Student Dismissed

A Plum High School teacher wants charges that he wrongly had sex with an 18-year-old student dismissed because of her age.

06/24/2015

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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against City, Police Over Homewood Altercation

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pittsburgh Police in a case once reviewed by the Allegheny County District Attorney, who raised concerns about charges police filed against two Homewood men.

06/23/2015

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‘Adult’ Status, Other Issues Set In Franklin Regional H.S. Stabbing Hearing

A major pretrial hearing started Monday in the case of a 17-year-old boy charged as an adult with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School last year.

06/22/2015

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Man Charged In 2003 Cold Case Headed To Trial

A man charged with a cold case murder from 2003 has been ordered to stand trial.

06/19/2015

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9 Pit Bulls Rescued From Beaver Co. Home

Nine pit bulls, most malnourished, were rescued from a home in Beaver County.

06/18/2015

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Local Utility Companies Join Forces To Warn Customers Of Imposter Scams

Utility companies are banding together to raise awareness and offer tips to protect their customers after scam artists ripped off an elderly couple in Beechview, stealing money and jewelry.

06/17/2015

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Reductions In Funding Forcing Many Pa. School Districts To Consider Property Tax Hikes

For five years, there have been reductions in state and federal funding for schools. Now, many school districts across Pennsylvania plan to balance their budgets by increasing property taxes or reducing staff.

06/16/2015

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Paint-Filled Christmas Ornaments Thrown At Local Nonprofit Leader’s Home

Christmas ornaments filled with paint were thrown at the house of a Lawrenceville nonprofit leader.

06/15/2015

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City Says Camp Participants Will Go To Other Pools While Ammon Closed

When Mayor Bill Peduto came to the podium at Ammon Recreation Center in the Hill District to talk about a nutrition program, the gates of the pool right outside were still shut. The water filtration tank that cleans the pool’s water was mistakenly shipped overseas by the manufacturer.

06/12/2015

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Suspect Ordered To Stand Trial In Manchester Homicide

A man has been ordered to stand trial in connection with a fatal shooting in the city’s Manchester section, but the defense attorney claims the eyewitness who testified Friday is pointing to the wrong man.

06/12/2015

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Former Hotel Employee Accused Of Molestation In Court After Allegedly Contacting Victims

A Cranberry hotel desk clerk was in court Thursday after allegedly contacting two boys she’s accused of molesting.

06/11/2015

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Former Homestead Pastor Gets 54-108 Months In Probation Violation Case

Former Homestead pastor Duane Youngblood was sentenced to 54-108 months in jail for violating terms of his probation when he was convicted of corrupting the morals of a minor while on probation for a previous sex offense involving young people.

06/08/2015

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McKeesport Woman Accused In Husband’s Death Headed To Trial

A McKeesport woman accused of shooting and killing her husband after breaking into their home is headed to trial.

06/05/2015

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