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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Latest Plum Teacher Accused In Student Sex Scandal To Stand Trial

The latest teacher charged in connection with sex crimes in the Plum School District was in court this morning with his lawyer and waived his case to trial.


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Man To Stand Trial For Stabbing Dog, Mixing Blood With Murder Victim’s To Hide Crime

A man accused of murdering a Lawrenceville man will stand trial.


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The man accused in the murder of two sisters in their East Liberty home last year was back in front of a judge Friday morning.


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Judge Denies Bail For Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend, Putting Body In Freezer

A judge has denied bail for a Shaler Township man accused in connection with the death of his girlfriend and putting her body in a freezer which he buried in his backyard.


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After Recent Arrest, Total Of 4 Plum High School Teacher’s Arrested, 3 On Sex Charges

A third teacher at Plum High School has been accused of having sex with a student.


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Man Found Guilty Of Kidnapping Daughter Sentenced To 8-22 Years In Prison

The man found guilty of kidnapping his own daughter and causing a standoff in Altoona last year was back in court today to be sentenced.


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Man Charged In Toddler’s Fatal Shooting Released On Bond, Placed On House Arrest

The man accused in the accidental shooting of the 22-month-old boy he was babysitting was in court Monday morning for a bond hearing.


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Dir. Of Charity For Ill Children Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud Charges

The director of a charity set up to help children dealing with serious illnesses pleaded guilty to charges he took $90,000 from his fund.


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Man Accused Of Killing, Burying Girlfriend, To Stand Trial For Murder

A man accused of killing his girlfriend, then putting her body in a freezer will stand trial for murder.


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Scientist Trying To Raise New Doubts About Researcher Convicted Of Poisoning Wife

A scientist from New England has been communicating with a convicted killer about research that the defendant hopes will raise doubts about his guilt.


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Man Convicted Of Killing Aunt’s Fiancé Sentenced To Life Without Parole

A Sharpsburg man convicted of killing his aunt’s fiancé in Kennedy Township was sentenced Wednesday morning.


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Airline Operation Manager Working On 9/11 Facing Federal Charges In Sex Sting

An American Airlines operations manager caught in a sex sting is now facing federal charges.


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String Of Vacant House Fires Worries Residents In Beaver Falls

Residents in one Beaver County town are on edge after a string of abandoned house fires over the last seven days.


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Multiple People Injured After PAT Bus Crashes Near Rankin Bridge

A dozen people were injured after a bus crashed with another vehicle on the Rankin Bridge.




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