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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Dir. Of Charity For Ill Children Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud Charges

The director of a charity set up to help children dealing with serious illnesses pleaded guilty to charges he took $90,000 from his fund.


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Man Accused Of Killing, Burying Girlfriend, To Stand Trial For Murder

A man accused of killing his girlfriend, then putting her body in a freezer will stand trial for murder.


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Scientist Trying To Raise New Doubts About Researcher Convicted Of Poisoning Wife

A scientist from New England has been communicating with a convicted killer about research that the defendant hopes will raise doubts about his guilt.


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Man Convicted Of Killing Aunt’s Fiancé Sentenced To Life Without Parole

A Sharpsburg man convicted of killing his aunt’s fiancé in Kennedy Township was sentenced Wednesday morning.


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Airline Operation Manager Working On 9/11 Facing Federal Charges In Sex Sting

An American Airlines operations manager caught in a sex sting is now facing federal charges.


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String Of Vacant House Fires Worries Residents In Beaver Falls

Residents in one Beaver County town are on edge after a string of abandoned house fires over the last seven days.


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Multiple People Injured After PAT Bus Crashes Near Rankin Bridge

A dozen people were injured after a bus crashed with another vehicle on the Rankin Bridge.


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Shaler Man Accused Of Burying Girlfriend In Backyard Appears In Court

A Shaler man accused of killing his girlfriend and putting her body in a freezer he buried in his backyard is expected to be in court Thursday.


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City Begins Process To Settle Lawsuits With Washington Blvd. Flooding Victims’ Families

The clerk at Pittsburgh City Council read four bills totaling $375,000 to settle lawsuits brought as a result of the Washington Boulevard drowning deaths in 2011.


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Firefighter Turns Self In On Charges Stemming From Fatal Crash

Matt Poston, a firefighter with the Hutchinson Fire Department, turned himself in to face charges including homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence.


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Community Remembers Officer Killed In Crash By Building Memorial Around Police Cruiser

There were many tears and many flowers at the memorial set up Friday outside the Greenville Municipal Building in Mercer County.


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Man Charged After Leaving Concrete, Metal On Train Tracks

Police have charged a man with risking a catastrophe by putting objects on the train tracks in Homestead.


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Police Bust Burglary Ring By Posting Photo Of Naked Suspect’s Clothing On Facebook

The Rennerdale section of Collier Township is usually pretty quiet.


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911 Dispatchers Move To Temporary Facilities Due To Bed Bugs

A bed bug infestation is forcing Allegheny County 911 dispatchers to work from temporary locations.


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Victim Of Alleged Sexual Assault At UPMC Mercy Files Suit Against Hospital

A victim of alleged sexual abuse at UPMC Mercy Hospital has filed a lawsuit against the hospital.