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.
An Oakland Pizza shop owner charged with dealing drugs out of the shop was in court today, but his case was transferred to another jurisdiction.
The Port-Authority is proposing to reroute buses that stop in the heart of downtown.
Chief Mark Holtzman of the Forward Township Police Department usually visits a magistrate because a suspect has to face a hearing there.
From the very start, last night’s crowd for the Wild Card game at PNC Park, wearing their black flags and black clothing, may have impacted the game. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noticed it early.
It was on this date five years ago that Lanny Frattare announced his retirement as the Pirates announcer.
Pirate fans did something today they haven’t done for years: held a Pirate playoff pep rally in Market Square.
Canon McMillan School District Superintendent Michael Daniels says that because the WPIAL is still investigating the incident, the district would have no comment.
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The biography of tenured pharmacy professor Billy Day is a long one.
The Allegheny County District Attorney says the Munhall homeowner who shot and killed an intruder last week will not be facing any charges.
It began as threat against a police officer and then it escalated into an emergency situation forcing a lockdown at some Monroeville schools.
The jury has found a West Virginia woman accused of drowning her 2-year-old son in a hotel bathtub guilty of first-degree murder.
The defense has rested their case in the trial of a woman who is accused of drowning her 2-year-old son in a hotel room bathtub.
A prosecutor claims a woman charged in the drowning death of her 2-year-old son in a Pittsburgh hotel killed the boy to get back at her husband during a bitter divorce.
The trial of a former Pittsburgh Police officer who is facing charges in connection with a motorcycle crash that left his fiancé’s intended maid of honor dead won’t be resolved for weeks.