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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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Kennedy Twp. Man’s Death Now Being Investigating As A Homicide

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WVU Aviation Expert: Downed Malaysian Flight Was “A Sitting Duck”

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Official: Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine

An adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister says a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over a town in the east of the country.

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August Wilson Center Hotel Plan In Limbo As Trial Looms Over Covenant Issues

During a Wednesday morning hearing, attorneys for the receiver that approved a plan to build a hotel on top of the August Wilson Center argued that the plan is still viable.

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Man Sentenced In 2012 Strip District Fatal Hit-&-Run Case

A Canadian driver of a box truck that was part of an accident that killed a local woman was sentenced Tuesday morning.

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Beaver Co. Sheriff Accused Of Threatening Reporter Found Not Guilty

The jury has found the Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter not guilty on all counts.

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Beaver Co. Sheriff Takes Stand In His Own Defense

The trial of a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter continued Thursday morning when the defense called a witness to the stand.

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Prosecution Rests In Beaver Co. Sheriff Case

Another witness testified Wednesday in the trial of a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter.

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Key Witness Cross-Examined In Beaver Co. Sheriff Threats Case

Testimony in the trial of a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter continued Tuesday morning.

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Trial Begins For Beaver Co. Sheriff Accused Of Making Threats

The trial for a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter began Monday morning.

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South Hills Water Line Break Complicated By PAWC Strike

A significant water outage has been reported in the South Hills.

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Bat Disease Epidemic Could Lead To Increase In Insects

A disease affecting the bat population could lead to an increase in mosquitoes this summer.

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Dan Rooney Reflects On Noll’s Legacy

The Steelers and the Pittsburgh community are honoring the life and legacy of former coach, Chuck Noll.

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Chase Suspect To File Civil Lawsuit, Use Dash Cam Video As Evidence

A Pittsburgh Police car captured a number of images on its dash cam when it arrived at the place where Paul Parrish’s white car stopped on Route 65 in Brighton Heights back in July 2012.

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NWS Investigating Funnel Cloud Reports

The National Weather Service is surveying the damage after last night’s strong storms.

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