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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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Dan Rooney Reflects On Noll’s Legacy

The Steelers and the Pittsburgh community are honoring the life and legacy of former coach, Chuck Noll.

06/16/2014

(Source: Todd Hollis)

Chase Suspect To File Civil Lawsuit, Use Dash Cam Video As Evidence

A Pittsburgh Police car captured a number of images on its dash cam when it arrived at the place where Paul Parrish’s white car stopped on Route 65 in Brighton Heights back in July 2012.

06/13/2014

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NWS Investigating Funnel Cloud Reports

The National Weather Service is surveying the damage after last night’s strong storms.

06/12/2014

(Source: Allegheny County Police)

15-Year-Old Arrested In Shooting Of Pregnant Teen

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with last month’s shooting in Duquesne that injured a pregnant teenager and killed her unborn baby.

06/10/2014

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Investigation Continues In Butler Co. Shooting Involving Off-Duty Trooper

As the investigation into why an off-duty state trooper fatally shot a neighbor, an application for a search warrant serves as guide to what police are looking for.

06/09/2014

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Woman Suffers Leg Injury In Downtown Bus Accident

A woman was seriously injured in an accident involving a Port Authority bus this afternoon in Downtown Pittsburgh.

06/06/2014

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Attorney: Illegal Search Could Jeopardize Drug Case Against Judge

Attorneys in the case involving former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky argued before a specially appointed judge from Bedford County about whether current Washington County President Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca should be compelled to testify about an order she issued to seize evidence from Pozonsky’s chambers.

06/06/2014

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Slain Teacher’s Family Files Lawsuit Against Husband, Bars

The Westmoreland County husband about to go on trial in the strangulation death of his school teacher wife is now also facing a lawsuit.

06/05/2014

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D.A. Rules Shooting Of Police Chase Suspect Was Justified

The Allegheny County District Attorney has ruled the shooting death of a suspect after a chase that reached 100 MPH last April was justified.

06/04/2014

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Local Tubular Steel Plant To Close, Another Halting Production

One local tubular steel plant is shutting down, and another is halting production.

06/03/2014

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U.S. Targets European Bank Hackers In Mass Theft

A Russian computer hacker is accused of leading a worldwide conspiracy that targeted hundreds of thousands of computers with malware that enabled his group to steal more than $100 million from business and other bank accounts.

06/02/2014

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Outrage After 700 Local Veterans Kept On Waiting List, Shinseki Resigns

Two congressmen are criticizing the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System for keeping nearly 700 veterans on a list for medical care, some for more than a year.

05/30/2014

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Pittsburgh FBI Rounding Up Dozens In “Bricks R Us” Heroin Ring

Federal prosecutors and the FBI were set to announce dozens of arrests in what they’re calling a series of “overlapping and interrelated heroin distribution networks” in southwestern Pennsylvania.

05/29/2014

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Zappala: Investigators Make Progress In Pregnant Teen’s Shooting

Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala says investigators are making progress in the case of a pregnant teenager who survived a shooting but lost her unborn baby.

05/28/2014

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Pa. Supreme Court Denies Baumhammers’ Appeal

An unemployed immigration attorney lost an appeal Tuesday of his conviction and death sentence for shooting to death five people during a 2000 attack that targeted ethnic minorities in western Pennsylvania.

05/28/2014

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