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 man charged in connection with an October 2014 fire that left six people dead in McKeesport appeared in court Friday morning.
A suspect fleeing police in Homewood left a wake of destruction in their path Thursday afternoon.
A man has been ordered to stand trial for murder in the death of his longtime girlfriend, but the defense says police should spend more time looking at another potential suspect.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is now working with the Red Cross to help a Millvale woman who has been without water service for almost two weeks.
A local woman battling cancer has also been battling her water company for nearly two weeks.
Crews were working on a large water main break in Baldwin.
Federal investigators say they have charged more people in an ongoing investigation of a drug ring that spans across the country.
A boy charged with fatally shooting his father’s pregnant fiancée when he was just 11 is getting a hearing to determine if he deserves a new juvenile court trial.
A man accused of trying to lure a teenage girl to his car by claiming to be a police officer has been ordered to stand trial.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed trade off — lower property taxes, but higher income and sales taxes — is getting mixed reaction.
A man convicted of killing a local business man while driving drunk will spend four-and-a-half to nine years in prison.
A woman convicted of stealing, then euthanizing, her neighbor’s dog will spend three-to-six months in jail.
A woman accused of trying to rob a bank in Bellevue, by claiming to have a bomb, was held for court on Thursday morning.
Two teens accused in a fatal assault at a Carrick group home were in court Wednesday.
The free ride on the T from Downtown to the North Shore is in jeopardy.