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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Prosecutors: Suspect Exchanged Facebook Messages With Girlfriend Before Her Death

The trial for a man accused in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend in Washington County continued this morning.

05/05/2015

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Death Penalty Trial Begins For Man In Girlfriend’s Slaying

Opening statements began Monday in the death penalty trial of a western Pennsylvania man charged in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend more than three years ago.

05/04/2015

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Trade Deal Has Local Steelworkers Worried About Jobs

Job security for steelworkers in the Mon Valley has been an issue for decades but just this week, the chairman of US Steel announced layoffs and predicted more layoffs so a trade agreement now being debated in Washington takes on high priority.

05/01/2015

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Parkway West Closure Could Cause Traffic Nightmare For Marathoners

Before taking their mark at the starting line this weekend, some marathoners were getting in a practice run Thursday night in Shadyside.

04/30/2015

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Could City Parking Permits Be Going High-Tech?

Residential parking permits within the City of Pittsburgh could soon go high-tech.

04/29/2015

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Judge Grants Parole For Woman Convicted Of Abusing Adopted Kids

A woman convicted of child endangerment was paroled Tuesday morning.

04/28/2015

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Ex-Nanny For Penguins’ Kunitz Charged With Stealing 12k In Jewelry

A nanny is facing charges for stealing jewelry from the home of Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Chris Kunitz.

04/24/2015

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Exclusive: Plum Superintendent Addresses Arrest Of 3 Teachers

The Allegheny County District Attorney addressed the recent string of teacher-student alleged sexual relations stemming from Plum Area schools.

04/23/2015

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Plum Teacher Accused Of Sex With Student To Stand Trial

A Plum Area School District teacher accused of having sex with a student will stand trial.

04/22/2015

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Daycare Operator’s Husband Headed To Trial On Molestation Charges

A Chicora man has been held for trial on charges that he molested several children at his wife’s Butler County daycare.

04/21/2015

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Monroeville Mayor Blames Restaurant In Weekend Brawl

The management of a restaurant where a brawl broke out Saturday night in Monroeville is pointing fingers at organizers of the event.

04/20/2015

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3 Plead Guilty In 10-Year-Old’s Shooting Death

Three of four men charged in the murder of a 10-year-old girl have pleaded guilty.

04/17/2015

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Surveillance Video Played During East Busway Murder Suspects’ Appearance In Court

A young man was gunned down during a robbery while waiting at a stop along the East Busway in 2013. Today, all three defendants appeared in court.

04/16/2015

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Police, College Campus On Alert After Girl Allegedly Attacked In North Hills

A report of an alleged attack on a child over the weekend in a wooded area of the North Hills prompted an alert at a nearby college campus.

04/14/2015

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Ex-Allegheny Co. Councilman On Trial For Stealing Money From Elderly Woman

Former Allegheny County Councilman Charles McCullough and his lawyer finally went to trial Monday on charges brought back in 2009 that he took $200,000 from an elderly woman’s estate.

04/13/2015

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