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.
City officials held a press conference Monday morning to address the recent spike in homicides in the City of Pittsburgh this year.
A district judge ordered a 15-year-old boy to stand trial on homicide charges in the shooting that wounded a pregnant teen in Duquesne and claimed the life of her unborn child.
Dquay Means was acquitted of participating in the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Adams. However, he was still convicted of escape when he ran from police.
McKeesport City Councilman Daniel Carr pleaded guilty to allowing gambling devices in his bar, the Viking Lounge, and was sentenced to 10 months of probation plus a $300 fine, similar to the sentence for other defendants in this case.
Emergency responders were at the scene of a small plane crash in Grove City Friday.
The parents of two girls who lost their lives after a dresser toppled onto them earlier this month, are facing charges.
A preacher accused of inappropriately touching a teenage male congregation member was in court Wednesday, but his attorney says whatever happened was between consenting adults.
Allegheny County Police say they are now investigating a man’s death in Kennedy Township as a homicide.
There is growing international outrage over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the skies over war-torn Ukraine.
An adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister says a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over a town in the east of the country.
During a Wednesday morning hearing, attorneys for the receiver that approved a plan to build a hotel on top of the August Wilson Center argued that the plan is still viable.
A Canadian driver of a box truck that was part of an accident that killed a local woman was sentenced Tuesday morning.
The jury has found the Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter not guilty on all counts.
The trial of a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter continued Thursday morning when the defense called a witness to the stand.
Another witness testified Wednesday in the trial of a Beaver County sheriff accused of threatening to shoot a news reporter.