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.
An Armstrong County bar owner and bartender were back in court today in connection with an accident earlier this year that claimed the lives of three young men.
As the groundbreaking ceremonies wind down and the memorabilia is packed up, Luke Ravenstahl points to three major accomplishments.
The force of the acceleration brought the car, driven by a 78-year-old female driver, right up next to some of the boats in the showroom at West Marine on McKnight Road.
Aliquippa police say they found more than they bargained for on a child welfare call at the Valley View Apartments this week.
Savanna McFarland and her sister, Andrea, were at the Beaver County Courthouse Thursday to answer charges that they, along with Danielle Jackson, conspired to kidnap Savanna 4-year-old daughter from her foster parents.
A Knoxville man facing multiple sex assault charges after allegedly luring kids to his home was in court today.
Dee Lesneski looked at what’s left of her home with mixed emotions. It was the second fire in Buffalo Township, Washington County, in two days.
A father and daughter appeared in court today in Steubenville, Ohio in cases that were outgrowths of an investigation of the rape of a 16-year-old girl.
The PIAA has overturned a decision by the WPIAL, which forced Washington High School to forfeit five games due to an ineligible player dimming their hopes for the playoffs.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says he’ll be more visible in the coming weeks. As he toured the new Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District Wednesday, he said he was focusing not only on the market but also on his legacy.
The Washington High School football team suffered a big blow Tuesday morning.
A man from Butler County is accused of incest and rape while fathering four children.
The August Wilson Cultural Arts Center is seeking funding from various sources to keep its doors open.
A man arrested in connection with a bakery robbery in Homewood last month has had his bail reduced.
The last time the case of the 92-year-old jitney driver innocently caught in a shooting was scheduled for court, the victim couldn’t come. He was still recuperating.