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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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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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Group Rallies To Support Woman In $6 Tax Bill Case

A community group called ANEW rallied at the Beaver County Courthouse on behalf of Eileen Battisti, who claims her home was sold by the county for $6.30 in back taxes.

05/19/2014

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New Partnership Makes Communication Easier Between City, Residents

In March, the city of Pittsburgh’s Fineview neighborhood was plagued with a series of burglaries.

05/15/2014

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Man Found Not Guilty In Fatal Parking Lot Shooting Case

The verdict is back in the case against an Army veteran accused of shooting and killing a man following a road rage incident in Washington County.

05/14/2014

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Prosecution Rests In Fatal Parking Lot Shooting Case

The prosecution has rested its case against an Army veteran accused of shooting and killing a man following a road rage incident in Washington County.

05/13/2014

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Trial Begins In Fatal Parking Lot Shooting Case

Testimony has begun in the homicide trial of Army veteran Brandon Thomas in Washington County after an alleged road rage incident.

05/12/2014

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Disabled Woman Claims Parking Meters Are Too Tall

A western Pennsylvania woman has sued the local parking authority, saying that its new electronic parking meters are too tall for her to reach from a wheelchair.

05/09/2014

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Health Dept. To Test New Letter Grading System For Restaurants

The Allegheny County Health Department board has approved plans to move forward requesting public comment on plans to implement a restaurant grading system and a pilot program by summer.

05/07/2014

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New Legislations Proposes Turning Interstates Into Toll Roads

Right now you can drive north on Interstate 79 from West Virginia, turn east on Interstate 80 and never pay a toll within Pennsylvania.

05/05/2014

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Judge Weighs In After Verdict In Adams’ Stabbing Case

After all that’s been said about the handling of the stabbing case involving Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineman Mike Adams, presiding Judge Anthony Mariani had the last word, for this week at least.

05/02/2014

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