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.
The photo above may look like a sales display at the army surplus store or a shelf at a hardware store, but it’s not.
A teacher’s aide accused of having sex with a student is headed to court.
The Allegheny County Health Department says 2,300 flu cases have now been reported.
City police and other investigators are on the scene of a reported fatal shooting in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood.
The Centers for Disease Control says 43 states, including Pennsylvania, are facing high or widespread flu activity.
There was a lot of excitement Monday over a new Allegheny Health Network urgent care center in Braddock.
“Here We Go” will be playing all day today.
One person is in custody after allegedly stabbing a man in Glassport Thursday morning.
There’s new information about the suspect accused of setting a fire at a home in Duquesne Tuesday afternoon that killed his wife.
New information is emerging one day after police charged a man in connection with the gruesome murder and dismemberment of his mother and stepfather in their Penn Hills home.
A woman charged in the shooting death of her cousin in Upper Saint Clair pleaded guilty Tuesday morning.
The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh Police dog.
The mother of a man accused of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh Police dog had to be removed from court proceedings Friday morning.
The prosecution has rested in the trial of a man accused of fatally wounding a Pittsburgh Police dog and injuring several other officers as they tried to arrest him.
Testimony continues Wednesday morning in the trial of a man accused of fatally wounding a Pittsburgh Police dog and injuring several other officers as they tried to arrest him.