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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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Police: Man, 60, Solicited Girl, 14, On Facebook

A 60-year-old Beaver County man has been charged with using Facebook to solicit a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act.

08/11/2014

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Police Say Man Tried To Have Trial Witness Rubbed Out From Jail

A man who was awaiting trial in the Allegheny County Jail will now face murder charges after he allegedly plotted to kill a witness in his case.

08/08/2014

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Applause In Courtroom As Mom, Grandparents Accused Of Starving Boy Ordered To Trial

A mother and grandparents accused of starving and abusing a 7-year-old, who was described as looking like a human skeleton when he was found, were in court this afternoon in Mercer County.

08/07/2014

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Local Pastor Accused In Teen Sex Assault Case Facing New Charges

A Homestead pastor accused of having sexual relations with a boy in his church now faces new charges.

08/06/2014

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Local Neighborhoods Using National Night Out To Band Together Against Crime

It’s National Night Out, a chance for communities to band together to fight crime.

08/05/2014

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Kennedy Twp. Fatal Shooting Suspect In Custody

A man is in custody in connection with a shooting that left a Kennedy Township man dead last month.

08/05/2014

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Public Safety Director Links Uptick In Homicides To Drug Trade

City officials held a press conference Monday morning to address the recent spike in homicides in the City of Pittsburgh this year.

08/04/2014

(Source: Allegheny County Police)

Boy Accused Of Shooting Pregnant Teen Ordered To Stand Trial

A district judge ordered a 15-year-old boy to stand trial on homicide charges in the shooting that wounded a pregnant teen in Duquesne and claimed the life of her unborn child.

07/30/2014

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2 Suspects Sentenced In Mike Adams’ Stabbing Case

Dquay Means was acquitted of participating in the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Adams. However, he was still convicted of escape when he ran from police.

07/30/2014

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McKeesport Councilman Sentenced In Mon Valley Gambling Ring Case

McKeesport City Councilman Daniel Carr pleaded guilty to allowing gambling devices in his bar, the Viking Lounge, and was sentenced to 10 months of probation plus a $300 fine, similar to the sentence for other defendants in this case.

07/29/2014

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Small Plane Crashes Off Of Runway In Mercer County

Emergency responders were at the scene of a small plane crash in Grove City Friday.

07/25/2014

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Parents Facing Charges After 2 Girls Killed By Dresser

The parents of two girls who lost their lives after a dresser toppled onto them earlier this month, are facing charges.

07/24/2014

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Defense Attorney Claims Victim Sexually Abused By Preacher Was Over 18

A preacher accused of inappropriately touching a teenage male congregation member was in court Wednesday, but his attorney says whatever happened was between consenting adults.

07/23/2014

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Kennedy Twp. Man’s Death Now Being Investigating As A Homicide

Allegheny County Police say they are now investigating a man’s death in Kennedy Township as a homicide.

07/22/2014

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WVU Aviation Expert: Downed Malaysian Flight Was “A Sitting Duck”

There is growing international outrage over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the skies over war-torn Ukraine.

07/18/2014

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