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 prosecution is expected to rest its case by mid-day in the trial for three men accused of stabbing Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive tackle, Mike Adams.
A former Catholic priest convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced to jail in court on Friday.
A Pittsburgh woman accused of stealing a dying man’s dog and having it put down weeks later was in court Thursday.
Four men charged in connection with an attempted home invasion in Washington County that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl were ordered to stand trial on those charges.
Allegheny County officials say they are sticking with Highmark as the health care provider for its employees.
Public hearings on a plan for gas drilling underneath an Allegheny County Park begin today.
A man from Michigan was ordered to stand trial after he was accused of leaving five children unattended in a local hotel room.
An elderly funeral director, accused of killing a man during an argument, was found guilty of third degree murder.
The murder trial of a 90-year-old defendant is underway in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.
A man accused of shooting and killing a former Slippery Rock University football player was found guilty Monday morning.
It’s been five years since three Pittsburgh Police officers were killed while responding to a domestic call.
The prosecution has rested its case in the Isaiah Smith trial.
The McCandless mother of three who is charged with drowning and attempting to drown her two youngest sons was denied bail Thursday.
The trial continued today for a man accused in the fatal shooting of a former local college football player outside a popular spot in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood last summer.
The trial has started for a man accused of shooting and killing a former college football player in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.