Rick Dayton joined KDKA in September 2009 as a morning news anchor. He can be seen anchoring the KDKA-TV Morning News from 4:30am-7am on KDKA-TV and the KDKA-TV Morning News on Pittsburgh’s CW from 7am-8am on WPCW-TV alongside co-anchor Jennifer Antkowiak! In addition, Rick hosts Hometown High-Q, KDKA-TV’s Saturday morning high school quiz show.
While much of his morning is spent behind the anchor desk, Rick’s passion is being in the field — talking with people, getting to the bottom of each story.
Whether it is covering the President or local politics, the native of Grove City strives to figure out how news of the day impacts viewers in KD Country.
For more than two decades, Rick has been involved in many facets of the broadcast business. Before coming home to Pittsburgh, Rick spent seven years at WOWK in Charleston/Huntington, WV. He anchored the continuing coverage of the Sago Mine disaster, and the joyful return of Army private Jessica Lynch to West Virginia. He was on the scene covering the campus shootings at Virginia Tech and traveled with the West Virginia Mountaineer basketball team as they made an unlikely run through the NCAA Tournament to the Elite 8 in Albuquerque. He also shared the elation of Marshall Thundering Herd fans in Huntington and Hollywood, CA for the debuts of the feature film ‘We Are Marshall.’
Rick also has many years of experience covering sports. He spent seven years with Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh, North Carolina and was Sports Director of the North Carolina News Network. He called hundreds of college basketball and baseball games in the ACC. Rick also covered the National Hockey League for five seasons – including three as a broadcaster on the Carolina Hurricanes Television Network. Dayton hosted the syndicated radio shows Drive Time: The Golf Radio Show and Winston Cup Today. Dozens of national and regional awards have recognized his work.
Dayton first stepped behind a microphone in 1983 in his hometown of Grove City as a newscaster and DJ at WEDA-FM. He continued in radio through four years at The College of Wooster before choosing a career in sales after graduation. Five years later, his passion for journalism won out, and he moved back to the broadcast business.
Rick says one of the biggest honors of his career came when KDKA offered him the opportunity to come home to western Pennsylvania.
Rick and his wife Jenny have three sons. He manages to play a little golf now and then, but training horses and coaching youth sports takes up most of his free time. He and Jenny worked to restore a ski boat which has led to many enjoyable days on the water with family and friends.
They were members of the Greatest Generation, and when their country called, they answered. Now, a group of veterans have made a one-day trip to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.
The next time you’re in your car, do safety check to make sure you are wearing your safety belt and that all of your documents are up to date.
For some, it’s as recognizable as the city skyline.
The old adage says that many hands make light work and that is certainly the case at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.
A local mother was shaken up this morning when the school bus her daughter was riding in collided with an SUV in Homewood.
Did you know a carrot cut with a sharp knife tastes different than one cut with a dull blade? Serious chefs say it’s true and that notion has students at CMU headed to the kitchen.
‘The Mob Priest’ is the next big movie coming to Pittsburgh.
Children’s Hospital is growing again, but not at its current location. The facility is going south in its effort to reach more children and more families in the area.
A runner in his early 20s died Sunday in the half-marathon. A month ago, he ran a similar event in New York City.
As a former Pirate Sean Casey is used to working out, and staying fit. He got a special award for teaching fitness to a special group of people.
Roughly 30,000 runners will descend on downtown Pittsburgh this weekend for the marathon and about three dozen of them weren’t allowed to finish the Boston marathon.
The running world will have its eyes on Pittsburgh this weekend for the running of the Pittsburgh Marathon.
If you have ever lost something, you know how frustrating it can be trying to find it.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Ottawa tonight for one of the final games of the regular season, but the playoff buzz is building as tickets went on sale this morning.
Firefighters battled a Thursday morning blaze at a home in Carnegie.
|Full Program Grid|
|7:00 PM||CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley|
|7:30 PM||omg! Insider|
|8:00 PM||Two and a Half Men|
|8:30 PM||Mike & Molly|
|9:00 PM||Criminal Minds|
|11:00 PM||KDKA-TV News at 11|
|11:35 PM||Late Show with David Letterman|