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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Central Valley School Bus Driver Charged With Sexually Assaulting Student

A Central Valley School District bus driver is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a male student.

6 hours ago

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Police Probe Similar Thefts In Brentwood, South Side

She’s seen walking up to a home and helping herself to a package on the front porch. And now, several other communities are reporting similar thefts.

23 hours ago

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Woman Accused Of Fatally Shooting Niece On Wedding Day Found Guilty

Closing arguments began Friday morning in the trial of a woman accused of shooting and killing her niece last year on her wedding day in Beaver County.

03/27/2015

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Woman Accused Of Fatally Shooting Niece On Wedding Day Takes Stand

The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of a bride who’s accused of shooting and killing her niece last year on her wedding day in Beaver County.

03/26/2015

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Wilmerding Apartment Residents Return Home Following Water Break

Dozens of people who were forced from their apartment building because of a water main break were allowed to return to their homes this morning.

03/25/2015

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Ex-Judge Pleads Guilty In Missing Cocaine Case

A retired western Pennsylvania judge accused of stealing cocaine being held as evidence pleaded guilty to taking cocaine evidence from criminal trials.

03/20/2015

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Victims’ Families Sue For Negligence In Butler Co. Crash Involving Bus, Train

The families of the victims of a deadly accident involving a train and a mini-bus in Butler County are filing a lawsuit.

03/19/2015

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Monroeville Mall Shooting Suspect Ordered To Stand Trial

A man charged with shooting three people at the Monroeville Mall has been ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other charges.

03/18/2015

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Sex Offender Caught At Science Center Sentenced To 3 Years In Jail

A sex offender accused of sneaking into the Carnegie Science Center and attempting to talk to a young boy was back in court Tuesday morning.

03/17/2015

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Man Accused Of Carjacking Mother, 2 Kids, Will Go To Trial

The man accused of carjacking a woman and her two children outside of a family entertainment center in February will go to trial

03/16/2015

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Outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel To Close This Weekend Despite NCAA Tournament Games

Traffic on the outbound Parkway West could be a problem this weekend.

03/16/2015

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Man Shot During Argument At Tattoo Parlor Dies

The man who was shot in the face during an argument at a tattoo parlor in Westmoreland County has died from his injuries.

03/14/2015

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McKeesport Fatal Fire Suspect To Stand Trial

A man charged in connection with an October 2014 fire that left six people dead in McKeesport appeared in court Friday morning.

03/13/2015

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Hill District Chase Suspect Arrested After Hitting Several Parked Cars & Trees

A suspect fleeing police in Homewood left a wake of destruction in their path Thursday afternoon.

03/12/2015

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Man Accused In Girlfriend’s Shooting Death Ordered To Stand Trial

A man has been ordered to stand trial for murder in the death of his longtime girlfriend, but the defense says police should spend more time looking at another potential suspect.

03/11/2015

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