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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Rape Suspect Charged In Connection With Two More Assaults

Lawrence Cook left Allegheny County Police headquarters facing two more rape charges in Wilmerding.


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Testimony Continues In Trial Of Teen Accused Of Shooting Pregnant Girl

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Bishop Zubik Hoping To Give Parishioners More Of A Say In Future Of Churches

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Woman To Stand Trial For Alleged False Claim Of Toy Theft At Community Center

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Harrassment Charges Thrown Out In Humane Society Case

Charges have been thrown out for people accused of harassing a former humane worker who bought a purebred dog.


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Former Port Authority Driver Involved In Bus Crash Testifies

A former Port Authority bus driver took the stand Thursday, two years after being involved in a major crash that sent her bus tumbling over a hill.


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Sto-Rox School District Administrators Review Security Plan As Police Seek Gunman

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Inspector: No Mechanical Issues In Parkway North Port Authority Bus Crash

The non-jury trial of two former Port Authority bus drivers continued Tuesday morning.


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Former Bus Drivers Charged In Parkway North Crash Face Judge

Two former Port Authority bus drivers are on trial for the crash that sent one bus tumbling over a hillside.


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Bond Revoked For Man Questioned In Connection With Wilkinsburg Mass Shooting

Bond has been revoked for a man questioned in connection with a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg.


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Local Lawmakers Call For Shakeup At Agency That Monitors City Finances

Pennsylvania State Senators Jay Costa and Wayne Fontana have become the latest lawmakers to call for a shakeup at the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, which oversees the City of Pittsburgh’s finances.


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Council Approves Revised Bill Lessening Penalty For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Pittsburgh City Council took a final vote on a proposed marijuana decriminalization law Tuesday morning.


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Man Charged With Killing Witness In Pittsburgh Heroin Probe

A man is charged with killing a Pittsburgh woman who was cooperating with authorities in a related money laundering investigation.


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Coach Accused Of Using Suggestive Language About Teen To Stand Trial

A former Sto-Rox girls assistant basketball coach has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly using suggestive language about a teen.


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Man Charged With Tagging Dozens Of Buildings Around City

A Lawrenceville man is facing charges for allegedly spray painting dozens of properties around the city.



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