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 Plum teacher Joseph Ruggieri, accused of institutional sexual assault, has been granted house arrest but with the restriction of no contact with witnesses and no internet or cell phone availability in his home during house arrest.
A former Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 11-year-old student will go to trial.
A former CMU student accused of taking pictures of students in the shower waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is headed for trial.
A Central Valley School District bus driver is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a male student.
She’s seen walking up to a home and helping herself to a package on the front porch. And now, several other communities are reporting similar thefts.
Closing arguments began Friday morning in the trial of a woman accused of shooting and killing her niece last year on her wedding day in Beaver County.
The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of a bride who’s accused of shooting and killing her niece last year on her wedding day in Beaver County.
Dozens of people who were forced from their apartment building because of a water main break were allowed to return to their homes this morning.
A retired western Pennsylvania judge accused of stealing cocaine being held as evidence pleaded guilty to taking cocaine evidence from criminal trials.
The families of the victims of a deadly accident involving a train and a mini-bus in Butler County are filing a lawsuit.
A man charged with shooting three people at the Monroeville Mall has been ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other charges.
A sex offender accused of sneaking into the Carnegie Science Center and attempting to talk to a young boy was back in court Tuesday morning.
The man accused of carjacking a woman and her two children outside of a family entertainment center in February will go to trial
Traffic on the outbound Parkway West could be a problem this weekend.
The man who was shot in the face during an argument at a tattoo parlor in Westmoreland County has died from his injuries.