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.
The first two defense witnesses in a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher’s homicide trial on Monday targeted the prosecution’s central claim that the researcher purposely poisoned his neurologist wife with cyanide last year.
The defense was expected to begin calling witnesses after a final prosecution witness in the trial of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide last year.
Testimony continued Friday in the trial of Dr. Robert Ferrante, who is accused in his wife’s cyanide poisoning death.
Testimony in the trial of a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of poisoning his wife with cyanide last year continued Thursday.
The trial of a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of poisoning his wife with cyanide last year continued Wednesday.
The trial of a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of poisoning his wife with cyanide is continuing today with testimony from the victim’s mother.
The trial of a Pitt researcher accused of killing his wife with cyanide resumed Monday morning.
Day two of the trial of a Pitt researcher accused of killing his wife with cyanide gets underway Friday.
Lawyers were expected to present opening statements in trial of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide – but when that happens will be determined by a last-minute problem with two alternate jurors.
About a dozen cell phones were seized from Norwin High School in Westmoreland County students last week.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin in the trial of a Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide.
As the nation grapples with Ebola, Sen. Bob Casey teamed up with doctors and specialists from UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Friday morning to discuss how prepared we are.
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A defense attorney says Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will waive his right to a preliminary hearing on marijuana possession and driving under the influence charges.
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