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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Lawrenceville Murder Suspect Has Preliminary Hearing, Wedding

Seven months ago, Andre Gray disappeared from his Lawrenceville apartment.

05/22/2015

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Man Found Guilty Of Kidnapping 2-Year-Old Daughter From Wilkinsburg

A verdict has been reached in the case of a man charged with kidnapping his own daughter and causing a lengthy standoff in Altoona.

05/21/2015

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Jury Deliberating After Man Accused Of Kidnapping Daughter Takes Stand

The trial of a man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and causing a lengthy standoff took that stand in his own defense today.

05/20/2015

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Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Kidnapping Daughter, Initiating Standoff

The trial of a man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and then taking the toddler to Altoona, causing a lengthy standoff starts today.

05/19/2015

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Vandalism, Harassment Plagues Lawrenceville Community Group

A local community group has been dealing with vandalism and harassment for months now.

05/18/2015

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Jury Sentences Man Convicted In Girlfriend’s Murder To Death Penalty

A jury has sentenced the man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged girlfriend in Washington County to the death penalty.

05/14/2015

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Jordan Clemons’ Mother Takes Stand During Penalty Phase

The penalty phase for a man convicted of first-degree murder in Washington County resumed on Wednesday.

05/13/2015

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Penalty Phase Begins For Jordan Clemons After 1st-Degree Murder Conviction

The penalty phase for a man convicted of first-degree murder in Washington County began Tuesday morning.

05/12/2015

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Jury Finds Jordan Clemons Guilty Of 1st-Degree Murder

A Washington County jury has heard closing arguments and is deliberating whether Jordan Clemons is guilty of first-degree murder.

05/11/2015

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Witnesses: Wash. Co. Murder Suspect Threatened Suicide Prior To Turning In Self

The trial for a man accused in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend in Washington County continued Wednesday.

05/06/2015

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Prosecutors: Suspect Exchanged Facebook Messages With Girlfriend Before Her Death

The trial for a man accused in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend in Washington County continued this morning.

05/05/2015

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Death Penalty Trial Begins For Man In Girlfriend’s Slaying

Opening statements began Monday in the death penalty trial of a western Pennsylvania man charged in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend more than three years ago.

05/04/2015

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Trade Deal Has Local Steelworkers Worried About Jobs

Job security for steelworkers in the Mon Valley has been an issue for decades but just this week, the chairman of US Steel announced layoffs and predicted more layoffs so a trade agreement now being debated in Washington takes on high priority.

05/01/2015

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Parkway West Closure Could Cause Traffic Nightmare For Marathoners

Before taking their mark at the starting line this weekend, some marathoners were getting in a practice run Thursday night in Shadyside.

04/30/2015

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Could City Parking Permits Be Going High-Tech?

Residential parking permits within the City of Pittsburgh could soon go high-tech.

04/29/2015

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