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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The Allegheny County District Attorney addressed the recent string of teacher-student alleged sexual relations stemming from Plum Area schools.
A Plum Area School District teacher accused of having sex with a student will stand trial.
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Three of four men charged in the murder of a 10-year-old girl have pleaded guilty.
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A report of an alleged attack on a child over the weekend in a wooded area of the North Hills prompted an alert at a nearby college campus.
Former Allegheny County Councilman Charles McCullough and his lawyer finally went to trial Monday on charges brought back in 2009 that he took $200,000 from an elderly woman’s estate.
A SWAT team situation in Pittsburgh has ended, but police are still trying to make sense of the call that started it all.
A Plum Area School District teacher accused of having sex with a student has been ordered to house arrest.
A man accused of shooting a clerk during an attempted robbery at a Ross Township business will go to trial.
Police are investigating after a teen said she was sexually assaulted at a Washington County park.
There’s another scam alert.