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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Cosby’s Lawyers Push To Get Sexual Assault Case Thrown Out

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.


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Pittsburgh Water And Sewer Authority Testing For Lead

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority says lead levels are nothing like in Flint, but they are seeing numbers that are of some concern.


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County 911 Dispatcher To Stand Trial For Allegedly Sexting Teen

An Allegheny County emergency dispatcher accused of soliciting sex from a teenage boy will stand trial.


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Police: Beltzhoover Shooting Suspect Hurt In Escape Attempt At Police Headquarters

One person is in custody after a shooting in Beltzhoover led to a brief police chase.


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Bond Revoked For Ex-Coach Accused Of Sex With Player

A former girls’ varsity basketball coach accused of engaging in sexual acts with one of his players has been ordered to jail.


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Red Cross Coordinates Fire Safety Checks With Weather Getting Colder

The Red Cross mobilized volunteers in McKees Rocks on a day when hand warmers were as important as any other equipment.


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Police Shooting Of Bank Robber Justified, Says D.A.

The Allegheny County District Attorney has determined the deadly officer shooting of a bank robber was justified.


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D.A.: Moonlighting Cop’s Shooting Of Robbery Suspect 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.


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Former Pine-Richland Basketball Coach Due Back In Court

The former girls’ varsity basketball coach at Pine-Richland High School is back in court today for a bond hearing.


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Former Plum H.S. Teacher Charged With Sex With Student Sent To Jail

A former Plum High School teacher charged with having sex with a student is back in court today for a bond hearing.


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Shoplifting Suspect Accused Of Hitting Stroller To Stand Trial

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.


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Judge Considers Motion To Try Group Home Murder Defendants As Juveniles

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.


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State Launches Snow Plow Truck Tracker

The state has officially unveiled a new feature on the 511pa.com website that allows the public to track snow plows throughout the state.


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Alleged Dealer Charged With “Drug Delivery Resulting In Death”

An alleged drug dealer is facing a new charge called “drug delivery resulting in death.”


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Man Charged For Death Of Infant Daughter Ordered To Stand Trial

A man who was charged in October for the death of his five-week-old daughter will stand trial.




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