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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Police Seize Cell Phones From Norwin High School Students

About a dozen cell phones were seized from Norwin High School in Westmoreland County students last week.

10/22/2014

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Jury Selection Begins In Doc’s Cyanide Killing Trial

Jury selection was scheduled to begin in the trial of a Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide.

10/21/2014

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Politicians, Doctors Team Up To Prepare For Ebola

As the nation grapples with Ebola, Sen. Bob Casey teamed up with doctors and specialists from UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Friday morning to discuss how prepared we are.

10/17/2014

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Police: Young Mom Leaves 2 Newborns On Porch, Calls Cops

A young mother could face charges after calling police to say that two newborns were left on her porch. As it turns out, they were her own children.

10/16/2014

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell Waives Pot Hearing

A defense attorney says Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will waive his right to a preliminary hearing on marijuana possession and driving under the influence charges.

10/15/2014

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Man Killed After He & Girlfriend Forced Into Basement During Break-In

Police were called to Elliot after a man was killed during a home invasion.

10/14/2014

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Cranberry Schools Prepare For The Worst With Active Shooter Training

Haine Elementary and Middle School in Cranberry Township, Butler County was transformed into a law enforcement crisis zone this afternoon.

10/13/2014

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Woman Sentenced In Abuse Of Adopted Kids Case Has Sentence Modified

An adoptive mother convicted of child endangerment had her sentence modified Friday.

10/10/2014

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Police: New Kensington Double-Murder Suspect Found Dead

Police identified the man they claim was responsible for a shooting that left two people dead in August.

10/09/2014

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Judge Refuses To Enter Judgment Of Acquittal On Remaining Leon Ford Charges

Allegheny County Judge Donald Machen refused to enter a judgment of acquittal on the remaining charges against Leon Ford Tuesday.

10/07/2014

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Investigation Underway After Special Needs Students Kicked Off Bus, Forced To Walk Miles To School

A school bus driver is accused of kicking special needs students off the bus, and forcing them to walk to school.

10/06/2014

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CYS Finds 3 Children Living In House Of Filth, Parents Charged

The parents of three children were charged after police say the children were found wearing soiled diapers in a house filled with mold and feces.

10/03/2014

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Man At Center Of 7-Eleven Case: “The System Doesn’t Work”

When Robert Simpson placed a white envelope on the counter of a 7-Eleven on the North Side last summer with $220 in it, he forgot to take it with him after a transaction at the counter.

10/02/2014

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Port Authority Investigators Meet With D.A.’s Office About Bus Crash

Investigators met with prosecutors Wednesday about the Port Authority bus crash last month that sent a bus over a hillside and injured a driver.

10/01/2014

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Charges Dropped Against Detective Accused Of Stealing Money From Store Customer

A Pittsburgh detective accused of stealing an envelope of money at a convenience store, which was left behind by a customer, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

09/30/2014

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