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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Former McKeesport Teacher’s Aide Headed To Trial

A former teacher’s aide in the McKeesport School District is headed to trial on charges she had alleged inappropriate sexual relationships with students.


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Sentencing Postponed For Former County Councilman Guilty Of Stealing From Elderly Woman

Sentencing was postponed today for a former county councilman convicted of stealing money from an elderly woman’s estate.


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Suspected DUI Driver Accused Of Hitting & Killing Girl, 6, To Stand Trial

A suspected drunk driver that hit and killed a 6-year-old girl appeared in court Friday morning.


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Defense Attorney: AG Kane Testifies She Knew Little Of Sandusky Case Leaks

A defense attorney says Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane testified she knew little about leaks in the Jerry Sandusky case; although, she seemed to imply last week that she did.


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Judge In Sandusky Trial Orders Pa. AG Kane To Appear In Court

Pennsylvania’s attorney general says she’s complied with a judge’s order to turn over any information she has about prosecutors or a judge disclosing grand jury information from the Jerry Sandusky investigation.


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Ohio Voters Reject Proposal To Legalize Pot For Medical, Recreational Use

The only pot-related question on any state ballot this year is in Ohio, where voters were deciding Tuesday whether to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use in a single stroke.


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‘Dance Moms’ Star Pleads Not Guilty To Bankruptcy Fraud Charges

“Dance Moms” star has pleaded not guilty to charges that she tried to hide $775,000 worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


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Teens Accused In 3 State Crime Spree Transferred To Juvenile Court

Two Ohio teens face a detention hearing Tuesday after being accused of a crime spree and dragging an Elizabeth Township police officer behind their truck earlier this year.


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Coraopolis Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charges, Resigns

He swore to uphold the law, but a former local police chief admits he broke it. And now in addition to his guilty plea, he’s also resigned.


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Sandusky To Ask Judge To Subpoena Witnesses, Evidence In Hopes Of Overturning Conviction

Jerry Sandusky Could Face More Charges Of Sexual Assault


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Nursing Assistant Reportedly Helps UPMC McKeesport Escapee

ichele Sims, nursing assistant at UPMC McKeesport, had access to Alexander Erb when he was brought there in police custody after police say he ingested 20 bags of heroin, according to the criminal complaint.


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Woman Gets Probation For Illegally Renting Out Dead Neighbor’s House

A woman who pleaded guilty to forging documents in order to take over her neighbor’s estate was sentenced Tuesday afternoon.


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2 People Killed In Port Authority Bus Accident

Two people were killed when they were struck by a vehicle and then run over by a Port Authority bus near the University of Pittsburgh campus Monday afternoon.


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Scam Targets West Penn Power Customers In Monongahela

Police in Monongahela are warning residents of a new scam involving callers pretending to be from West Penn Power.


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Homestead Arson Suspect To Stand Trial

A man accused of starting a fire that destroyed several buildings in Homestead appeared in court Wednesday morning.




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