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.
Prosecutors say some prior crimes of a man charged in the double murder of two sisters in East Liberty are what they call “signature” crimes, ones that leave the footprint of the suspect.
The site of the old Rave Cinemas in McCandless Township will go back being a green space after it was purchased by the Allegheny Land Trust.
Another controversial video of a Pittsburgh Police officer that body slammed a Chicago Cubs fan at PNC Park has surfaced.
Chicago attorney Phil Turcy has identified the officer in the controversial video of a Cubs fan being body slammed at last week’s Wild Card baseball game as Pittsburgh officer Kyle Nelson.
Pittsburgh’s police chief says he wants more input from young people about ways to cut down on violence in the city.
A judge has rejected a Plum High School teacher’s bid to dismiss witness intimidation charges in connection with a student’s allegation that another teacher had sex with her.
A judge levied a fine against a local man in court Tuesday who is accused of having too many dogs on his property.
Video has surfaced that shows what appears to be a Cubs fan in a goat costume being body slammed by police and taken into custody at PNC Park.
Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate A.J. Richardson was sentenced Thursday for dozens of false 911 calls last year.
Pittsburgh Postmaster Daniel Davis has been ordered to stand trial on charges including obstructing the administration of law and witness intimidation.
A judge has found two constables accused of assaulting a woman last year guilty on all counts.
Individual tickets for the possible Wild Card game at PNC Park go on sale this morning.
A man, whose former girlfriend was found dead along with her grandmother in the East Hills in May, will go to trial for their murders.
A man accused of gunning down a man in Northview Heights last year is headed to trial.
A teen facing charges for stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School must move from a juvenile detention center to the county jail when he turns 18.