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.
Another witness testified Wednesday in the trial of a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter.
Testimony in the trial of a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter continued Tuesday morning.
The trial for a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter began Monday morning.
A significant water outage has been reported in the South Hills.
A disease affecting the bat population could lead to an increase in mosquitoes this summer.
The Steelers and the Pittsburgh community are honoring the life and legacy of former coach, Chuck Noll.
A Pittsburgh Police car captured a number of images on its dash cam when it arrived at the place where Paul Parrish’s white car stopped on Route 65 in Brighton Heights back in July 2012.
The National Weather Service is surveying the damage after last night’s strong storms.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with last month’s shooting in Duquesne that injured a pregnant teenager and killed her unborn baby.
As the investigation into why an off-duty state trooper fatally shot a neighbor, an application for a search warrant serves as guide to what police are looking for.
A woman was seriously injured in an accident involving a Port Authority bus this afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Attorneys in the case involving former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky argued before a specially appointed judge from Bedford County about whether current Washington County President Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca should be compelled to testify about an order she issued to seize evidence from Pozonsky’s chambers.
The Westmoreland County husband about to go on trial in the strangulation death of his school teacher wife is now also facing a lawsuit.
The Allegheny County District Attorney has ruled the shooting death of a suspect after a chase that reached 100 MPH last April was justified.
One local tubular steel plant is shutting down, and another is halting production.