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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Baldwin-Whitehall Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Student To Stand Trial

A Baldwin-Whitehall teacher accused of assaulting a student will stand trial.


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Ex-Judge Sentenced To At Least 30 Days In Prison In Missing Cocaine Case

A retired judge who pleaded guilty to taking cocaine from criminal trials was sentenced Monday morning.


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Loved Ones Still Hoping For Justice In McKeesport Murder, 3 Years Later

It’s a murder that happened three years ago, but so far there are no arrests.


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Man Accused Of Robbing Woman, Forcing Her Into Trunk Headed To Trial

The man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint outside of her Cranberry apartment complex and forcing her into the trunk of her car was in court Friday.


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Jurors Hear Prank 911 Calls In Trial Of Former Mayoral Candidate

Jurors in the trial of a former candidate for Pittsburgh mayor on Thursday heard some of the 911 calls that are the subject of his ongoing conspiracy trial.


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Prosecutor: Former Mayoral Candidate Cost City $24K With False 911 Calls

Former mayoral candidate AJ Richardson is back in court on charges he made more than a hundred 911 calls, costing the city thousands of dollars.


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Sto-Rox Teacher’s Assistant Accused Of Sex With Student To Stand Trial

A Sto-Rox teaching assistant will stand trial for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student.


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Councilman Hoping To Bring Crime Reporting App To Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess has introduced a bill that would potentially give anyone with a smartphone the ability to report crime with technology far beyond dialing 911.


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Man Accused Of Robbing Bank With Sex Toy To Undergo Mental Evaluation

The man accused of robbing a Crafton bank with a sex toy disguised as a fake bomb waived a hearing and will receive a mental health evaluation.


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Plum Teacher Wants Sex Charges With 18-Year-Old Student Dismissed

A Plum High School teacher wants charges that he wrongly had sex with an 18-year-old student dismissed because of her age.


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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against City, Police Over Homewood Altercation

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pittsburgh Police in a case once reviewed by the Allegheny County District Attorney, who raised concerns about charges police filed against two Homewood men.


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‘Adult’ Status, Other Issues Set In Franklin Regional H.S. Stabbing Hearing

A major pretrial hearing started Monday in the case of a 17-year-old boy charged as an adult with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School last year.


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Man Charged In 2003 Cold Case Headed To Trial

A man charged with a cold case murder from 2003 has been ordered to stand trial.


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9 Pit Bulls Rescued From Beaver Co. Home

Nine pit bulls, most malnourished, were rescued from a home in Beaver County.


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Local Utility Companies Join Forces To Warn Customers Of Imposter Scams

Utility companies are banding together to raise awareness and offer tips to protect their customers after scam artists ripped off an elderly couple in Beechview, stealing money and jewelry.