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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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Ex-City Employee Sentenced To Probation, House Arrest

Former city employee Christine Kebr has been sentenced to three years of probation for her conviction in a bid rigging conspiracy with businessman Art Bedway.

02/11/2014

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Judge To Rule On Frozen Assets In Cyanide Poisoning Case

A judge is expected to decide today whether to unfreeze the financial assets of a Pitt medical researcher accused in the poisoning death of his wife.

02/10/2014

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2 Sentenced In Threatening Rap Video Case

Two men who were arrested in connection with a controversial online rap video that threatens the lives of police officers were sentenced Thursday afternoon.

02/06/2014

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Local Leaders Tour Possible Sites For Bus Rapid Transit Lines

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto took a tour Wednesday of some of the places a so-called BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit line, could run in Pittsburgh.

02/05/2014

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Court Filings Raise Questions About Assets Of Husband Accused In Cyanide Poisoning

When Dr. Robert Ferrante’s assets were frozen last summer after he was charged in the cyanide poisoning death of his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, it was estimated the couple’s joint accounts totaled about $900,000 and that Ferrante individually has access to about $2.5 million.

02/05/2014

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Judge Revokes Bail For Suspect In K-9 Officer’s Death

Bail was revoked today for the man charged with killing a Pittsburgh Police dog.

02/04/2014

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Southern Counties Hit Hardest By Recent Snow

Cars and trucking were left stranded on area highways as steady snow and coated roads made for some dangerous driving conditions south of the Pittsburgh Monday morning.

02/03/2014

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Pittsburgh School Board Brainstorms Possible Future Uses Of August Wilson Center

Pittsburgh School Board member Mark Brentley told the conservator appointed by the courts to handle a possible sale of the August Wilson Center that at least an ad hoc committee of the board is interested in finding out what it would take to buy the facility.

01/31/2014

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A.G.’s Office: Dealers May Be Rebranding Heroin Connected To Overdose Deaths

Early Thursday morning, agents from Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General and Clairton Police arrested 39-year-old Tywon Newby and charged him with heroin possession and intent to deliver.

01/30/2014

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US Steel Worker Proud To Be Mentioned In President’s Speech

The invited guests lined up early at US Steel’s Irvin Plant, nearly three hours before the event, which was inside but still chilly.

01/29/2014

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D.A. To Pursue Charges In Overdose Deaths Like In 1988 China White Case

Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams says the stamp bags associated with the recent overdose deaths marked ‘Theraflu’ and ‘Bud Ice’ contain a mixture of both heroin and Fentanyl.

01/28/2014

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Police Seize 30 Bricks Of Heroin In Homestead

Police seized a significant amount of heroin in Homestead on Monday.

01/27/2014

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Alleged Rape Victim Takes Stand In 1992 Cold Case

A woman’s journey through Pittsburgh’s Municipal Courts Building Thursday became the last steps from the United Kingdom – where she now lives – back to Pittsburgh before she would have to recount a trauma she experienced when she lived in Shadyside in 1992.

01/23/2014

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Mistrial Declared In MonView Heights Double Murder Case

The trial of a man accused in a double homicide at a West Mifflin housing complex has resulted in a mistrial.

01/23/2014

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Brashear H.S. Shooting Suspect Held For Trial

The accused gunman in a November shooting outside Brashear High School was held for trial today.

01/22/2014

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