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Harold Hayes

hayes Harold HayesHarold Hayes joined KDKA-TV in August of 1979 as a general assignment reporter and has covered everything from military operations in the Middle East to landmark local court cases.

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.

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Suspect In Bicyclist’s Throat-Slashing Case Found Guilty

The man accused of slashing the throat of a bicyclist on the South Side has been found guilty on all counts.

03/05/2014

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Trial Underway For Man Accused Of Slashing Cyclist’s Throat

The man accused of slashing a bicyclist’s throat in a fit of road rage on the South Side was in court Tuesday.

03/04/2014

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Health Department Approves First Steps For Restaurant Grading System

The Allegheny County Health Department has approved the first step toward implementing a restaurant grading system.

03/03/2014

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After Rash Of Overdoses, Heroin-Related Deaths Are Down

After a recent string of heroin overdose deaths, officials say heroin-related deaths are on the downswing.

03/03/2014

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Jury Hears Defendant’s Interview With Police In Penn Hills Murder Trial

The jury in the trial of a man accused in a 2012 double murder in Penn Hills saw the letters in court on Friday that the defendant sent to a key witness.

02/28/2014

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Jury In Penn Hills Murder Trial Hears 911 Call

Andre Davis was charged with a double homicide in Penn Hills two years ago.

02/27/2014

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Former Beaver Co. Councilman Sentenced To 8-16 Years In Prison

A former Beaver County councilman was sentenced to 8-16 years in prison after being found guilty in a 1979 murder case.

02/26/2014

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Former Police Chief Harper Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison

Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion charges.

02/25/2014

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Emergency Management Officials Watching Rivers, Streams, Creeks

The Beaver County Emergency Management Center in Ambridge monitored the river and stream predictions and reports from the field.

02/21/2014

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Women Accused Of Stealing Puppy In Court

The two women accused of stealing a puppy from the Animal Rescue League earlier this month were in court today for a hearing.

02/20/2014

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Warmer Temperatures Bring Fears Of Flooding

The warmer temperatures are creating flooding fears in several local communities.

02/19/2014

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Konias Sentenced To Life In Prison In Armored Vehicle Heist

A former armored car guard convicted of killing his co-worker and stealing millions of dollars will spend the rest of his life in prison.

02/18/2014

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Family Fights Against Parole For Man Convicted Of Killing Toddler

On Tuesday, the parents of a West Mifflin toddler killed in a shooting 17 years ago will ask the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole not to let the man convicted in his death be released from jail.

02/17/2014

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Suspect Accused In K-9 Officer’s Fatal Stabbing To Stand Trial

The man accused of fatally wounding a Pittsburgh Police dog and injuring several other officers as they tried to arrest him was ordered to stand trial during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

02/12/2014

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Ex-City Employee Sentenced To Probation, House Arrest

Former city employee Christine Kebr has been sentenced to three years of probation for her conviction in a bid rigging conspiracy with businessman Art Bedway.

02/11/2014

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