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 significant court hearing is taking place today near Philadelphia. The hearing will determine if Bill Cosby will stand trial on sexual assault charges, or if the case will be dismissed.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority says lead levels are nothing like in Flint, but they are seeing numbers that are of some concern.
An Allegheny County emergency dispatcher accused of soliciting sex from a teenage boy will stand trial.
One person is in custody after a shooting in Beltzhoover led to a brief police chase.
A former girls’ varsity basketball coach accused of engaging in sexual acts with one of his players has been ordered to jail.
The Red Cross mobilized volunteers in McKees Rocks on a day when hand warmers were as important as any other equipment.
The Allegheny County District Attorney has determined the deadly officer shooting of a bank robber was justified.
The Allegheny County District Attorney says the shooting of the suspect in a Mount Washington bank robbery last month by a moonlighting Pittsburgh police officer was justified.
The former girls’ varsity basketball coach at Pine-Richland High School is back in court today for a bond hearing.
A former Plum High School teacher charged with having sex with a student is back in court today for a bond hearing.
One of two people charged in connection with a shoplifting case that put others at risk was in court Wednesday and is headed for trial.
A judge today raised questions about whether the choice between either juvenile court or adult court should be the only choice in certain criminal cases involving teenagers.
The state has officially unveiled a new feature on the 511pa.com website that allows the public to track snow plows throughout the state.
An alleged drug dealer is facing a new charge called “drug delivery resulting in death.”
A man who was charged in October for the death of his five-week-old daughter will stand trial.