Ken Rice

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A nationally award-winning journalist, Ken Rice co-anchors the weeknight editions of KDKA-TV News at Five and Eleven and the KDKA Ten O’Clock News on Pittsburgh’s CW.

In addition, Ken shares hosting duties on the station’s Sunday morning public affairs program, The KD/PG Sunday Edition, produced in partnership with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ken has hosted various special programs on the station, including an in-depth examination of Sports and Race Relations and a “VIP” tour of Heinz Field; and Ken has moderated numerous debates among candidates for US Senate, Governor of Pennsylvania, Chief Executive of Allegheny County and Mayor of Pittsburgh.

Before joining the KDKA-TV News team in 1994, Ken spent six years reporting and anchoring for WTAE-TV. A native of the Chicago Area, Ken began his career in journalism while attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison — reporting and anchoring news on the statewide Wisconsin Public Radio network. Ken then moved into television, reporting for Madison’s WISC-TV, and eventually anchoring its evening newscasts.

Ken’s reporting assignments have taken him from the eye of Hurricane Hugo to the White House, and from the inspection of hanging chads in the disputed 2000 election in Florida to Super Bowls XXX in Phoenix and XL in Detroit. In 1994, when US Air Flight 427 crashed on approach to Pittsburgh, Ken’s reports from the scene were carried nationwide by the CBS network and across Canada on the CBC. He is one of the few local journalists ever to report live on the CBS Evening News — in the tense hours following a shooting spree in Pittsburgh’s suburbs in 2000.

As a member of the KDKA Investigators in 1996, Ken exposed the city of Pittsburgh’s recycling program as a sham — revealing how “recyclables” were simply being dumped in a landfill. His reporting led directly to the firing and prosecution of the city’s recycling contractor. In another investigation, Ken was first to document how local companies were overcharging Medicare by millions of dollars.

Ken has been honored with local, state and national journalism awards, including a national first place Associated Press award for an investigation called Harrisburg Paydirt – which exposed Pennsylvania legislators’ lucrative, taxpayer-funded perks. Other honors include Golden Quill awards from the Pittsburgh Press Club and awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for investigative reporting.

Active in the community, Ken developed and taught a television news reporting course at Point Park University and is frequently called upon to speak at local schools and community organizations. He serves on the board of the Allegheny District Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and is Honorary Chair of Pittsburgh’s annual MS Walk. Ken also chairs the advisory board of the volunteer service organization Pittsburgh Cares, and serves on the advisory board of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. He is a past board member of the Southwestern PA chapter of The American Red Cross, and has worked on charitable endeavors with many organizations including Share our Strength, the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In 2007, the Food Bank honored Ken’s contributions with its Hunger Awareness Day Award.

Ken is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Lauren, have two children.

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Pittsburgh Bike Share To Launch May 31

If you’ve been in or around Downtown, Oakland or any one of 11 Pittsburgh neighborhoods in the past couple of weeks, maybe you’ve noticed something new popping up: Occasional series of short, shiny, metal posts – all in a row – along roads or sidewalks.

05/19/2015

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Allegheny Co. Council Votes Down Controversial Restaurant Grading System

A controversial proposal that would have given restaurants a letter grade on their safety and sanitation was rejected in a vote by Allegheny County Council Tuesday evening.

05/05/2015

David Letterman announces that he will be retiring from the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN on the broadcast, Thursday, April 3 (11:35pm-12:37am, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

Ken Rice Looks Back On Letterman Interview As Late Night Host’s Retirement Nears

As David Letterman’s retirement from late night TV nears, Ken Rice can’t help but remember what Letterman told him 19 years ago.

05/04/2015

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Homestead Honors Heroes Who Helped Fire Victims

The fire, back in January, broke out in the middle of the night right in the heart of Homestead.

03/13/2015

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Local Marine Veteran Meets FDNY Firefighter Who Saved His Life

It was an unforgettable day for a Pittsburgh veteran.

03/04/2015

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Wilkinsburg Community Welcomes Back Beloved Diner

There was lots of excitement in Wilkinsburg Friday night over the rebirth of a neighborhood institution.

02/27/2015

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Bald Eagles Flourishing Again Thanks To “Save The Eagles” Movement

There’s a big push to save the bald eagles in the United States.

02/19/2015

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Donations Pouring In For N.C. Woman In Need Of Double Lung Transplant

Pittsburgh has once again shown the size of its heart.

02/13/2015

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Financial Situation, Insurance Status Delaying Woman’s Life-Saving Lung Transplant

If Lethia Everette were your relative, you might find her predicament hard to believe, let alone accept. She needs a double lung transplant. Right now.

02/12/2015

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City’s Older Buildings Being Transformed Into Artist Studios

Has any city anywhere reinvented itself as relentlessly as Pittsburgh has?

12/24/2014

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Army-Navy Game’s Ideals Resonate In Pittsburgh

The annual Army-Navy Game is a game and a legacy infused with patriotism, pride, honor and respect. Nowhere do those ideals resonate more, than here in Pittsburgh.

12/12/2014

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Mayor Peduto Defends City’s New Bike Lanes, Answers The ‘Bikelash’ From Drivers

Mayor Bill Peduto likes to talk about creating a “superhighway. “Not another parkway. Not a new busway. A superhighway … for bicycles.

11/13/2014

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Baby Pens Show Support For Families Of State Troopers Targeted In Ambush

There’s been an outpouring of support for the families of the two troopers who were shot by wanted man Eric Frein.

10/14/2014

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Allegheny Co. Health Dept., Hospitals Prepping For Possibility Of Ebola

The mistakes surrounding the United States’ first Ebola case has been well documented.

10/03/2014

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New Hazelwood Development A Missing Piece In Pittsburgh’s Comeback

Big things are on the horizon in Hazelwood, nothing less than a plan to complete a missing piece in Pittsburgh’s comeback.

09/19/2014

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