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.
Pitt grad student Anna Weber hops on the 71D Hamilton bus, representing a generation that is riding public transit for convenience during college, but may consider it more beyond college.
If you ride a Port Authority bus or rail line, there are some proposals on the table that could reduce your fare, depending on where you live.
A Seneca Valley Middle School math teacher accused of possessing child pornography appeared in court Tuesday morning.
A man who pleaded guilty to shooting an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun was in court for sentencing Tuesday morning.
A man charged with shooting three people at the Monroeville Mall was back in court Friday.
A look back in time in honor of Black History Month.
A man accused of injuring his 2-month-old daughter appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.
Four of five white men charged in connection with the beating of an African-American man during a drunken confrontation after the Kenny Chesney concert last year entered pleas in court Tuesday.
Big plans are in the works to revitalize the former Parkway Center Mall.
On a cold day in Leechburg, there is still a hot topic of conversation.
The death of a 14-year-old boy in the 1950s south was a pivotal incident in the Civil Rights movement. A new play is telling his tale.
An arrest warrant has been issued after a shooting prompted a lockdown of an apartment complex in Wilkins Township.
Rachel Bailie found out she would she face new charges of careless driving and causing serious bodily injury while driving without a valid license.
A judge refused to throw out the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney’s claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago.
A significant court hearing is taking place today near Philadelphia. The hearing will determine if Bill Cosby will stand trial on sexual assault charges, or if the case will be dismissed.