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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Lawyer Attempting To Have Case Thrown Out Due To Kane’s Suspended Law License

Although there have been political challenges to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s authority with a suspended law license, a new legal challenge has been filed in Allegheny County Court.


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Kane Turns To Former Maryland AG To Lead Porn Email Probe

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is about to reveal her next step in an investigation into the exchange of pornography and other objectionable content in emails by prosecutors, judges and others found on state-owned computers.


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Rash Of Bank Robberies Being Investigated As Holiday Season Begins

A man accused of robbing a bank changed his plea to guilty Wednesday in federal court. It comes during a rash of robberies that seem to be more prevalent this time of year.


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Hotel Employee Convicted Of Sexual Relationship With 2 Boys Gets 6-18 Months

A woman convicted of having a sexual relationship with two teenage boys as a desk clerk at a Butler County hotel was sentenced Tuesday morning.


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DA, Defense Say Plea In Works In Bathtub Drowning Of Two Sons

Allegheny County prosecutors and Laurel Schlemmer’s defense attorney are under a gag order, so they can’t speak publicly about the deal.


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District Attorney Appeals Judge’s Decision Not To Step Down

A judge said he would not step down in the re-trial of a convicted arsonist Wednesday. Friday, the district attorney appealed that decision.


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Former County Councilman Turns Himself In On Perjury Charges

A former Allegheny County councilman already awaiting sentencing in a theft case was hit with new charges Friday. It all stems from some accusations against a judge.


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Motion To Remove Judge From Former Councilman’s Theft Case Thrown Out

A judge who found a former county councilman guilty of stealing money from an elderly woman’s estate will remain on the case.


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Judge Says He Will Not Step Down In Re-Trial Of Convicted Arsonist

Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala says the judge hearing the retrial in the case of the man accused of setting the Bricelyn St. fire that killed 3 city firefighters should step aside from the case because he thinks he can’t be impartial.



Pittsburgh Councilman’s Bill To Decriminalize Pot Introduced To Council

A Pittsburgh city councilman wants to decriminalize possession of small amounts marijuana.


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3 Plum Teacher Lawyers Seeking Grand Jury Evidence

Three lawyers representing three of the Plum teachers accused in connection with a sex scandal were in court today seeking secret grand jury evidence.


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FBI Agents Head Back To Ohio To Investigate Rochester Girl’s Murder

FBI agents from Pittsburgh and Cleveland searched the woods in Portage County, Ohio, Friday, hoping new technology will help them with two cold cases.


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Man Ordered To Stand Trial For Neglecting Judge Of Elections Duties

He’s accused of neglecting his duty. A man in charge of opening up a polling place on Election Day simply didn’t show up, and investigators revealed today that he gave them multiple versions of what happened before they got the truth.


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Local Congressmen Working To Give Forgotten Vets A Proper Burial

Lynne Doyle was among those at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies this Veterans Day visiting the graves of her parents.


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Woman Admits She Stole Cop Car, Sped Off While Handcuffed

A western Pennsylvania woman has admitted she stole a police cruiser and led police officers on an 80 mph chase – all while her hands were cuffed behind her.




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