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.
Both Penn State fans and rivals are reacting to the Associated Press report that Nittany Lions’ coach Bill O’Brien has agreed to become head coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans.
A judge has issued a permanent injunction to shut down what neighbors said was a drug nuisance in the Spring Garden section of Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood.
Bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center in Ross Township where the life of Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Jim Ecker was celebrated, rather than mourned.
One person is dead and several others were injured, including emergency responders, in two accidents that part of Route 30 Friday night.
An eight-month long investigation led to more than 100 arrests in the area. It was part of a long-term drug sweep in five Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
A judge has now ordered the eviction of everyone living in a North Side home that has been ruled a nuisance property because of a history of drug activity.
The man accused of hitting several pedestrians and leading police on a chase on Pittsburgh’s South Side back in October was back in court today where he was held for trial.
A Pennsylvania judge is poised to hear from lawyers for three former Penn State administrators awaiting trial on charges they covered up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
In Afghanistan, Lance Cpl. Cory Lemasters was asked by his superiors if he liked the Steelers.
Four eastern Ohio school workers have entered not guilty pleas to charges stemming from a grand jury investigation into other alleged crimes spurred by the rape of a 16-year-old girl.
Jury deliberations are to resume Friday in the murder trial involving a Slippery Rock University student.
A new proposal for an early retirement program in Pittsburgh was unveiled Thursday morning.
A security guard charged after chasing down and shooting a robbery suspect will go to trial.
A man accused of drowning his wife entered a plea right before the trial was to begin Tuesday.
The woman who drowned her son in a local hotel bathtub has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.