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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Mysterious Police Call Leads To SWAT Situation In Brighton Heights

A SWAT team situation in Pittsburgh has ended, but police are still trying to make sense of the call that started it all.

04/10/2015

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Plum Teacher Accused Of Sex With Student Ordered To House Arrest

A Plum Area School District teacher accused of having sex with a student has been ordered to house arrest.

04/09/2015

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Suspect In ‘The Exchange’ Shooting To Stand Trial

A man accused of shooting a clerk during an attempted robbery at a Ross Township business will go to trial.

04/08/2015

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Police Investigating After Teen Sexually Assaulted At Washington Co. Park

Police are investigating after a teen said she was sexually assaulted at a Washington County park.

04/07/2015

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Thieves Pose As Allegheny Co. Sheriff Officials In New Scam

There’s another scam alert.

04/06/2015

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Former Plum Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Student Gets House Arrest

Former Plum teacher Joseph Ruggieri, accused of institutional sexual assault, has been granted house arrest but with the restriction of no contact with witnesses and no internet or cell phone availability in his home during house arrest.

04/02/2015

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Former Elementary School Teacher To Stand Trial Over Alleged Relationship With 11-Year-Old

A former Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 11-year-old student will go to trial.

04/01/2015

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Former CMU Student Accused Of Taping Classmates In Shower Expected To Plead Guilty

A former CMU student accused of taking pictures of students in the shower waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is headed for trial.

04/01/2015

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Central Valley School Bus Driver Charged With Sexually Assaulting Student

A Central Valley School District bus driver is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a male student.

03/31/2015

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Police Probe Similar Thefts In Brentwood, South Side

She’s seen walking up to a home and helping herself to a package on the front porch. And now, several other communities are reporting similar thefts.

03/30/2015

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Woman Accused Of Fatally Shooting Niece On Wedding Day Found Guilty

Closing arguments began Friday morning in the trial of a woman accused of shooting and killing her niece last year on her wedding day in Beaver County.

03/27/2015

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Woman Accused Of Fatally Shooting Niece On Wedding Day Takes Stand

The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of a bride who’s accused of shooting and killing her niece last year on her wedding day in Beaver County.

03/26/2015

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Wilmerding Apartment Residents Return Home Following Water Break

Dozens of people who were forced from their apartment building because of a water main break were allowed to return to their homes this morning.

03/25/2015

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Ex-Judge Pleads Guilty In Missing Cocaine Case

A retired western Pennsylvania judge accused of stealing cocaine being held as evidence pleaded guilty to taking cocaine evidence from criminal trials.

03/20/2015

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Victims’ Families Sue For Negligence In Butler Co. Crash Involving Bus, Train

The families of the victims of a deadly accident involving a train and a mini-bus in Butler County are filing a lawsuit.

03/19/2015

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