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 trial is underway for the man accused of causing a fatal crash on Route 51 that claimed the life of a local retired businessman last year and injured four other people.
Police are searching for two men who held a mother and three young girls at gunpoint during a brazen robbery in downtown Pittsburgh.
A man is recovering today after he was stabbed during a violent robbery in Beaver County.
A teenager charged with allegedly driving under the influence in a crash that left a man paralyzed is going to trial, but one of the charges she originally faced is now off the table.
A report has been made public about why the borough of Brentwood was at odds with its former police chief.
Intense wind is wreaking havoc throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Police were in Clairton where a half-dozen people were shot overnight.
A group of people accused of assaulting a local pastor were scheduled to be in court this morning for a preliminary hearing.
A Millvale Police officer charged with violating a suspect’s civil rights by repeatedly zapping him with a stun gun, even after he was handcuffed has been found guilty.
The trial of a Millvale Police officer charged with violating a suspect’s civil rights by repeatedly zapping him with a stun gun, even after he was handcuffed, continued Tuesday.
A jury was hearing opening statements in the trial of a western Pennsylvania police officer charged with violating a suspect’s civil rights by repeatedly zapping him with a stun gun, even after he was handcuffed.
Police are investigating the death of a female employee at Magee Women’s Research Institute.
The family of Dr. Autumn Klein has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante.
A lot of signs point to the prospect of a new plant in Beaver County that could bring hundreds of jobs. But there’s still no final commitment for that plant. The company had another informational meeting for the public today.
Veterans Day is a time to pay respect to those who have served our country, both in the past and presently.