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.
Investigators met with prosecutors Wednesday about the Port Authority bus crash last month that sent a bus over a hillside and injured a driver.
A Pittsburgh detective accused of stealing an envelope of money at a convenience store, which was left behind by a customer, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
An agreement has been reached on the sale of the August Wilson Center.
Authorities pursuing a survivalist accused of the fatal ambush at a state police barracks in Pennsylvania are looking for him in an abandoned hotel in the Pocono Mountains.
A fire at a West Mifflin apartment building sent heavy smoke into the air Thursday evening.
An accident that forced a Port Authority over a hillside Monday afternoon appears to have been caused by reckless driving.
Mayor Bill Peduto has proposed a real estate millage rate hike to offset a “miscalculation” by the previous administration.
A man accused in the fatal shooting of his own mother last year has been ordered to stand trial.
A man accused of fatally shooting another man during a Fourth of July barbecue will go to trial.
Big changes are being proposed for the Woodland Hills School District.
An ecumenical prayer service is being held tonight in Carnegie to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the floods that claimed a life there following Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
A couple that pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges back in June, was sentenced Monday morning.
Pittsburgh met its new Police Chief Friday for the first time.
Jury deliberations in the trial of Leon Ford, who was paralyzed during a November 2012 traffic stop in the city’s East End, will begin from the beginning.
Jury deliberations resumed Wednesday in the trial of Leon Ford, who was paralyzed during a November 2012 traffic stop in the city’s East End.