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.
A lot of people showed up Friday at the hearing for the teenager charged in the shootings near Brashear High School.
The attorney of a man charged with stabbing and killing his grandmother raises questions about how the mental health system handled the case.
Closing arguments were presented this afternoon in the trial of two men accused in a shooting in broad daylight last April at Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The accused gunman in a shooting downtown this past spring are on trial.
Pittsburgh City Council has given preliminary approval to a pilot project that would install surveillance cameras at certain traffic lights to catch drivers who run red lights.
A war of words between the Allegheny County District Attorney and county administrators over drug enforcement could be coming to an end in a few hours.
Pennsylvania State Police are asking for the public’s help in a case of vandalism that began with spray painting, but became much more serious, causing two adults and tow juveniles to flee to safety over the weekend.
State police were searching for a man after a western Pennsylvania woman was shot at her home, while four children were also present.
On Interstate 79 south near Canonsburg in Washington County, a PennDOT truck paves the way, not because of a massive amount of snow yet, but to keep ahead of what is to come.
More indictments were announced in connection with the investigation into the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players in Ohio last year.
Former Bridgewater councilman Gregory Scott Hopkins has been found guilty of third-degree murder in the 1979 strangling death of 23-year-old Catherine Walsh.
Earlier this year, union workers and residents worried about the future of Friendship Ridge nursing home in Beaver County.
At today’s Butler County Commissioners meeting there was more passion about plans to sell Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Home.
A judge has delivered a guilty verdict in the murder trial for a former armored truck guard accused of killing his co-worker and stealing millions of dollars.
The murder trial for a former armored truck guard accused of killing his co-worker and stealing millions of dollars resumed on Monday.