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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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Suspects Charged In 10-Year-Old’s Shooting Death To Stand Trial

Four men charged in connection with an attempted home invasion in Washington County that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl were ordered to stand trial on those charges.

04/16/2014

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Allegheny County Sticking With Health Care Provider Highmark

Allegheny County officials say they are sticking with Highmark as the health care provider for its employees.

04/15/2014

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Allegheny Co. Holding Public Hearings Over Deer Lakes Park Gas Drilling

Public hearings on a plan for gas drilling underneath an Allegheny County Park begin today.

04/15/2014

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Man Accused Of Leaving Children In Hotel Room Headed To Trial

A man from Michigan was ordered to stand trial after he was accused of leaving five children unattended in a local hotel room.

04/14/2014

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Elderly Funeral Home Director Found Guilty Of 3rd Degree Murder

An elderly funeral director, accused of killing a man during an argument, was found guilty of third degree murder.

04/11/2014

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911 Call Played In Elderly Funeral Home Director’s Trial

The murder trial of a 90-year-old defendant is underway in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

04/08/2014

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Isaiah Smith Found Guilty Of Voluntary Manslaughter

A man accused of shooting and killing a former Slippery Rock University football player was found guilty Monday morning.

04/07/2014

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Fallen Officers Remembered 5 Years After Tragedy

It’s been five years since three Pittsburgh Police officers were killed while responding to a domestic call.

04/04/2014

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Prosecution Rests Its Case In Fatal Oakland Shooting Trial

The prosecution has rested its case in the Isaiah Smith trial.

04/03/2014

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McCandless Mother Denied Bail, On Suicide Watch

The McCandless mother of three who is charged with drowning and attempting to drown her two youngest sons was denied bail Thursday.

04/03/2014

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Defendant Testifies In Former Football Player’s Murder Trial

The trial continued today for a man accused in the fatal shooting of a former local college football player outside a popular spot in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood last summer.

04/02/2014

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Trial Begins In Former Slippery Rock Football Player’s Murder Case

The trial has started for a man accused of shooting and killing a former college football player in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

04/01/2014

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Split Verdict Reached In Civil Re-Trial Of 3 City Officers

The jury has reached a verdict in the civil trial against three police officers accused of using excessive force against a former CAPA student.

03/31/2014

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Jury In Jordan Miles Civil Case Asks To Hear Portions Of Testimony Again

After a full day of deliberations, the jury in the Jordan Miles civil trial against three police officers could not reach a verdict, but they did have some questions.

03/28/2014

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After “Mysterious Journey” Missing Clock Returned To Mayor’s Office

One of several items reported missing by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has mysteriously reappeared.

03/28/2014

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