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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Jury Reaches Split Verdict In Target Stabbing Rampage Case

Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of a homeless man accused in a stabbing incident that seriously injured a teen girl inside the Target store in East Liberty in 2013.

06/04/2015

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Bride To Serve 16-32 Months In Niece’s Fatal Shooting

A bride convicted in the shooting death of her niece on her wedding day in Beaver County was in court for sentencing Wednesday.

06/03/2015

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Family Of Man Accused Of Stabbing Half-Brothers Settles Suit Against Western Psych

A couple who claims their son should have been committed the day before he stabbed his 11-year-old twin half-brothers, killing one, have settled their lawsuit against Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

06/02/2015

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Defense Attorney: McKeesport BB Gun Shooting Was Accident

A judge refused to reduce bail today for the man accused of shooting an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun in McKeesport last week.

06/01/2015

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Man Charged With Killing Step-Brother Won’t Testify In Civil Suit Against Western Psych

A man charged with stabbing a step-brother to death will not be required to testify in a civil case brought by his parents against Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

06/01/2015

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Lawrenceville Murder Suspect Has Preliminary Hearing, Wedding

Seven months ago, Andre Gray disappeared from his Lawrenceville apartment.

05/22/2015

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Man Found Guilty Of Kidnapping 2-Year-Old Daughter From Wilkinsburg

A verdict has been reached in the case of a man charged with kidnapping his own daughter and causing a lengthy standoff in Altoona.

05/21/2015

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Jury Deliberating After Man Accused Of Kidnapping Daughter Takes Stand

The trial of a man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and causing a lengthy standoff took that stand in his own defense today.

05/20/2015

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Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Kidnapping Daughter, Initiating Standoff

The trial of a man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and then taking the toddler to Altoona, causing a lengthy standoff starts today.

05/19/2015

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Vandalism, Harassment Plagues Lawrenceville Community Group

A local community group has been dealing with vandalism and harassment for months now.

05/18/2015

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Jury Sentences Man Convicted In Girlfriend’s Murder To Death Penalty

A jury has sentenced the man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged girlfriend in Washington County to the death penalty.

05/14/2015

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Jordan Clemons’ Mother Takes Stand During Penalty Phase

The penalty phase for a man convicted of first-degree murder in Washington County resumed on Wednesday.

05/13/2015

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Penalty Phase Begins For Jordan Clemons After 1st-Degree Murder Conviction

The penalty phase for a man convicted of first-degree murder in Washington County began Tuesday morning.

05/12/2015

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Jury Finds Jordan Clemons Guilty Of 1st-Degree Murder

A Washington County jury has heard closing arguments and is deliberating whether Jordan Clemons is guilty of first-degree murder.

05/11/2015

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Witnesses: Wash. Co. Murder Suspect Threatened Suicide Prior To Turning In Self

The trial for a man accused in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend in Washington County continued Wednesday.

05/06/2015

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