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.
The accused gunman in a November shooting outside Brashear High School was held for trial today.
The jury will continue deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a man accused in a double homicide at a West Mifflin housing complex.
Some things that depict love and caring have been placed along West Virginia’s Route 8 in Hancock County.
A man already facing trial in the alleged sexual abuse of three boys has been ordered to stand trial in yet another case, based on testimony of the alleged victim’s older brother at a preliminary hearing in City Court.
A former Springdale Police Sergeant was sentenced for punching and using a stun-gun on a man in custody.
Allegheny County Sheriff’s vans brought jurors to the Mon View Heights housing complex in West Mifflin Thursday morning.
A businessman and former friend of Pittsburgh’s ex-police chief has been sentenced to three years probation for bribing a city official to get a $327,000 contract to put radios and computers in city police cars.
As a mother, a local woman is accused of putting her toddler in harm’s way – and as a daughter, her alleged crime is even more disturbing.
A drug trafficker was sentenced for his role in a massive Mexican cocaine seizure in along the parkway west in 2011.
There was a bombshell Friday in the case of a doctor accused in the cyanide death of his wife.
Layers of ice on the Allegheny River are building up and bringing about concern over an ice jam.
The FBI has released surveillance photos of a woman suspected in the robbery of the PNC Bank at the Olympia Park Shopping Center in Versailles.
Jerry Sandusky appeared in court Tuesday during an ongoing battle about his pension being forfeited in the wake of a conviction for molesting young boys in 2012.
The issue is Jerry Sandusky’s monthly pension that added up to $4,600 per month and he received it starting in 1999 when he retired from Penn State.
After eight emotional victim impact statements from the victim’s family, former Pittsburgh Police officer Adam Lewis was sentenced to one to two years followed by six months of house arrest plus three years of probation in the death of Jessica Lojak.