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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Prosecution Rests In Trial For Man Accused In K-9 Officer’s Fatal Stabbing

The prosecution has rested in the trial of a man accused of fatally wounding a Pittsburgh Police dog and injuring several other officers as they tried to arrest him.

12/11/2014

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Veterinarian Takes Stand In Trial For Man Accused In K-9 Officer’s Fatal Stabbing

Testimony continues Wednesday morning in the trial of a man accused of fatally wounding a Pittsburgh Police dog and injuring several other officers as they tried to arrest him.

12/10/2014

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Trial Begins For Man Accused In K-9 Officer’s Fatal Stabbing

Opening statements began Tuesday morning in the trial of a man accused of fatally wounding a Pittsburgh Police dog and injuring several other officers as they tried to arrest him.

12/09/2014

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Former DA Compares Eric Garner Case To 20-Year-Old Pittsburgh One

For the first time, a former Allegheny County District Attorney speaks out about the Eric Garner case in New York and about its similarity to a case he prosecuted here nearly 20 years ago.

12/08/2014

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Jury Selected For Man Accused In K-9 Officer’s Fatal Stabbing

A jury has been selected in the trial of a man accused of fatally wounding a Pittsburgh Police dog and injuring several other officers as they tried to arrest him.

12/08/2014

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Port Authority Drivers Charged In Parkway North Crash To Stand Trial

Key evidence is expected to be played in court today during a preliminary hearing for the two Port Authority drivers charged in a crash that sent one bus tumbling off the Parkway North.

12/05/2014

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Allegheny Co. Police Say Use Of Eric Garner Chokehold Not Permitted

People nationwide and here in Pittsburgh were back out on the streets, angry about a grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black suspect last summer in New York.

12/04/2014

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Jury Finds Man Accused In Route 51 Crash Guilty On All Charges

A jury has found the man accused of causing a crash on Route 51 last year that claimed the life of a local retired businessman guilty on all charges.

12/04/2014

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Prosecution Rests In Case Against Man Accused Of Causing Fatal Crash

Prosecutors have finished making their case against a man accused of driving drunk the night he crashed last year on Saw Mill Run Boulevard.

12/03/2014

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City Council Considering Proposal To Raise Real Estate Millage

A proposal on the table for Pittsburgh City Council would raise city real estate millage by a half mill, which would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $42 a year.

12/03/2014

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Steelers’ Bell Seeks 1st-Offender Program For Pot

LeVeon Bell today learned the steps he will need to take to get his marijuana case in Ross Township dismissed and to clean this first offense from his criminal record after a 15-month probation period.

12/03/2014

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Trial Begins For Man Accused In Fatal Route 51 Crash

The trial is underway for the man accused of causing a fatal crash on Route 51 that claimed the life of a local retired businessman last year and injured four other people.

12/02/2014

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Police Search For Suspects In Brazen Downtown Robbery

Police are searching for two men who held a mother and three young girls at gunpoint during a brazen robbery in downtown Pittsburgh.

12/01/2014

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Man Stabbed, Robbed While Waiting For Bus In Ambridge

A man is recovering today after he was stabbed during a violent robbery in Beaver County.

11/27/2014

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Teen Charged In DUI Crash That Left Man Paralyzed Headed To Trial

A teenager charged with allegedly driving under the influence in a crash that left a man paralyzed is going to trial, but one of the charges she originally faced is now off the table.

11/26/2014

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