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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Former County Councilman Gets 2 1/2 To 5 Years For Stealing From Elderly Woman

After six years of court battles and a dispute over whether the trial judge was biased, a former Allegheny County councilman was sentenced to jail on theft charges.


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Accused Cop-Killer Ordered To Stand Trial

A man accused of fatally shooting a St. Clair Township police officer will stand trial.


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3 Injured After Overbrook Police Chase Ends In Crash

A police chase ended in a crash in Overbrook Tuesday morning.


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Identity Of Embalmed Head Found In Beaver Co. Still A Mystery

A private burial service was held Saturday for the unidentified embalmed head found in the woods in Beaver County last year.


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Bellevue No Longer A Dry Town

Friday night, something happened in Bellevue that hasn’t happened in that community since the 1930s. Alcohol is being sold legally.


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Former Police Officer Found Not Guilty In 2013 Fatal Bar Shooting

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Man Accused Of Shooting Boy, 11, With BB Gun Pleads Guilty

The McKeesport man accused of shooting an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun earlier this year entered a guilty plea in court Thursday morning.


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City-Wide Rental Property Inspection Bill Given Preliminary Approval

A bill was given preliminary approval that would require a city-wide inspection program for 40,000 rental properties.


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City Council Gives Preliminary Approval To New Food Truck Bill

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to a bill making it easier for food trucks to operate within the city.


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City Council To Vote On Updated Food Truck Bill

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Deadline Looms For McKeesport Daily News

Every day at noon the bells toll at the McKeesport Daily News offices, and now, those bells may be symbolic.


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Pitt RB James Conner Diagnosed With Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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Pittsburgh Responds To San Bernardino Tragedy

When it became clear that a county facility in San Bernardino, California, was under attack, Allegheny County officials took notice, and say each tragedy, unfortunately, teaches emergency responders something new to watch out for.


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City Council Takes Steps To Crackdown On Puppy Mills

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Council Passes Bill To Ban Smoking In All City Parks

The limits on just where you cannot smoke in the City of Pittsburgh are about to change.




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