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.
Former Homestead pastor Duane Youngblood was sentenced to 54-108 months in jail for violating terms of his probation when he was convicted of corrupting the morals of a minor while on probation for a previous sex offense involving young people.
A McKeesport woman accused of shooting and killing her husband after breaking into their home is headed to trial.
Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of a homeless man accused in a stabbing incident that seriously injured a teen girl inside the Target store in East Liberty in 2013.
A bride convicted in the shooting death of her niece on her wedding day in Beaver County was in court for sentencing Wednesday.
A couple who claims their son should have been committed the day before he stabbed his 11-year-old twin half-brothers, killing one, have settled their lawsuit against Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
A judge refused to reduce bail today for the man accused of shooting an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun in McKeesport last week.
A man charged with stabbing a step-brother to death will not be required to testify in a civil case brought by his parents against Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Seven months ago, Andre Gray disappeared from his Lawrenceville apartment.
A verdict has been reached in the case of a man charged with kidnapping his own daughter and causing a lengthy standoff in Altoona.
The trial of a man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and causing a lengthy standoff took that stand in his own defense today.
The trial of a man accused of kidnapping his own daughter and then taking the toddler to Altoona, causing a lengthy standoff starts today.
A local community group has been dealing with vandalism and harassment for months now.
A jury has sentenced the man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged girlfriend in Washington County to the death penalty.
The penalty phase for a man convicted of first-degree murder in Washington County resumed on Wednesday.
The penalty phase for a man convicted of first-degree murder in Washington County began Tuesday morning.