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.
A teenager and a Pittsburgh Police officer are recovering from wounds they sustained during a shootout late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in East Liberty.
The video of a man falling down at the hands of a Pittsburgh Police officer is now under investigation, but the mayor believes he should be fired.
Police have issued a warrant for a Mt. Lebanon High School teacher accused of having inappropriate sexual communication with a student.
Pittsburgh Public Schools officials are concerned about the district’s future finances.
An Indiana County woman has been released on bond after allegedly abusing her young daughter.
A supervisor from a personal care home could be facing charges for allegedly stealing narcotics.
After just a few hours of deliberations, a jury has convicted a Washington County woman on all counts for her role in connection with the death of her elderly neighbor.
A man who entered a “no contest” plea Tuesday after being accused of murdering his father and stepmother was sentenced Wednesday morning.
The latest family to wonder what the VA knew and when they knew it is the family of 74-year-old Clark Compston.
The man charged in the death of a McKees Rocks community activist is now headed to trial.
A judge has ruled that a woman charged in connection with a deadly crash in Stowe Township late last year will stand trial. While she awaits trial, she is no longer allowed to drive.
The jury has found suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie guilty on all but one count in a campaign corruption trial.
Former director of the Allegheny County Health Department, Dr. Bruce Dixon, passed away Wednesday morning at age 74.
The man found guilty in the death of a West Virginia sheriff’s sergeant was back in court Tuesday.
Police are continuing to try and identify human remains that were found in Cranberry Township over the weekend.
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|7:30 PM||omg! Insider|
|8:00 PM||NCIS: Los Angeles|
|11:00 PM||KDKA-TV News at 11|
|11:35 PM||Late Show with David Letterman|