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.
Ray Ventrone, business manager of Boilermakers Local 154, citing the Monroeville Mall shooting, and what he called, “a crisis of black on black crime,” announced a program where guns would be surrendered in return for training in the union’s welding program.
A Senate Judiciary hearing was held Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh on law enforcement practices.
Police are looking for a suspect that claimed to have a bomb during a bank robbery in Lawrenceville.
A teacher accused of selling heroin out of a rented home in Robinson Township is going to trial.
KDKA-TV has learned the shooting at the Monroeville Mall wasn’t suspect 17-year-old Tarod Thornhill’s first brush with the law.
A former University of Pittsburgh researcher was sentenced for the death of his wife today.
A personal care worker accused of punching an 83-year-old woman will stand trial.
Some people who live along Route 228 in Butler County may be forced to sell their homes and move.
A teenager accused of fatally shooting a man in Hazelwood four years ago is going to trial.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office plans to eventually file motions to remove two constables from their jobs.
Roxanne Rimer is seen in the Jan. 14 dash cam video released by Center Township Police Tuesday, handcuffed behind her back and is heard giving police a different name.
A woman accused of trying to steal a police cruiser and leading officers on a chase was held for court this morning.
City of Pittsburgh and PennDOT officials are explaining their plans to demolish the Greenfield Bridge over the Parkway East later this year.
Nicole Baker rushed past cameras while hiding her face in East Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland County when she came to court, and did the same when she left, speeding away after reaching a plea deal in a case few will forget.
The California University of Pennsylvania is mourning the loss of a women’s basketball player.