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.
Matt Poston, a firefighter with the Hutchinson Fire Department, turned himself in to face charges including homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence.
There were many tears and many flowers at the memorial set up Friday outside the Greenville Municipal Building in Mercer County.
Police have charged a man with risking a catastrophe by putting objects on the train tracks in Homestead.
The Rennerdale section of Collier Township is usually pretty quiet.
A bed bug infestation is forcing Allegheny County 911 dispatchers to work from temporary locations.
A victim of alleged sexual abuse at UPMC Mercy Hospital has filed a lawsuit against the hospital.
Police are looking for a witness in a homicide case who skipped out on a hearing today.
Leon Walls was sentenced to 10 to 20 years for his role in an East Liberty Target stabbing in 2013.
A former North Allegheny High School female rowing coach accused of sexual assault for having a relationship with a student has been found guilty.
A detective accused of taking an envelope full of money from a convenience store has been found not guilty.
The Eastern Derry Volunteer Fire Department in Westmoreland County has been shut down for a year because of money problems. They couldn’t pay their insurance and fire trucks were repossessed.
United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Pittsburgh today as part of the National Community Policing Tour.
A former Plum High School teacher will stand trial on felony witness intimidation charges.
After a long, combative hearing and shocking video of a beating at the Wood Street T Station Downtown was played in court Tuesday, the men accused in the assault were ordered to stand trial.
The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act was celebrated at the Allegheny County Courthouse courtyard Monday.