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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1 Suspect To Face Ethnic Intimidation Charges At Trial In Wood St. T Station Attack

After a long, combative hearing and shocking video of a beating at the Wood Street T Station Downtown was played in court Tuesday, the men accused in the assault were ordered to stand trial.

07/28/2015

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25th Anniversary Of Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrated Downtown

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act was celebrated at the Allegheny County Courthouse courtyard Monday.

07/27/2015

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City Revising Plans On Increasing Surveillance Cameras

As more and more surveillance cameras pop up everywhere, the City of Pittsburgh originally planned to implement its own safeguards to make sure your security and your privacy are balanced.

07/27/2015

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Man Who Helped Target Stabbing Victim Retains Lawyer After Target Files Lawsuit

After staging a one-man protest, the man who sees himself as a hero in the Target stabbing case now has a lawyer.

07/17/2015

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Police Search For Man Who Robbed Wilmerding Bank

Police are looking for the man who robbed a Wilmerding bank Friday.

07/17/2015

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$20,000 Reward Marks 13th Anniversary Of Unsolved Fatalities

State police are marking the 13th anniversary of the unsolved hit-and-run deaths of two western Pennsylvania teenagers with a reminder of a $20,000 reward.

07/17/2015

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Former School Board Member Testifies In Plum Grand Jury Investigation

A former school board member testified Thursday as a grand jury continues to investigate the alleged sex scandal at Plum High School.

07/16/2015

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Prosecutors Respond To Lawyer’s Call For Plum Teacher To Not Be Prosecuted For Sex Crime

Prosecutors have responded to a defense lawyer’s claim that a former Plum High School teacher should not be prosecuted for a sex crime because the girl was 18 and a consenting adult.

07/15/2015

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Man Accused In Mother, Stepfather’s Grisly Deaths To Stand Trial

The man charged in the gruesome murder and dismemberment of his mother and step-father last December has been ordered to stand trial.

07/15/2015

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Baldwin-Whitehall Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Student To Stand Trial

A Baldwin-Whitehall teacher accused of assaulting a student will stand trial.

07/14/2015

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Ex-Judge Sentenced To At Least 30 Days In Prison In Missing Cocaine Case

A retired judge who pleaded guilty to taking cocaine from criminal trials was sentenced Monday morning.

07/13/2015

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Loved Ones Still Hoping For Justice In McKeesport Murder, 3 Years Later

It’s a murder that happened three years ago, but so far there are no arrests.

07/12/2015

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Man Accused Of Robbing Woman, Forcing Her Into Trunk Headed To Trial

The man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint outside of her Cranberry apartment complex and forcing her into the trunk of her car was in court Friday.

07/10/2015

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Jurors Hear Prank 911 Calls In Trial Of Former Mayoral Candidate

Jurors in the trial of a former candidate for Pittsburgh mayor on Thursday heard some of the 911 calls that are the subject of his ongoing conspiracy trial.

07/09/2015

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Prosecutor: Former Mayoral Candidate Cost City $24K With False 911 Calls

Former mayoral candidate AJ Richardson is back in court on charges he made more than a hundred 911 calls, costing the city thousands of dollars.

07/08/2015

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