Rick Dayton

dayton Rick DaytonRick 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.

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Mayor Cuts Ribbon On Hill District Charter School

Mayor Bill Peduto visited with student Marlene Burton minutes after they cut the ribbon Friday on the Hill House Passport Academy Charter School.

10/17/2014

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KDKA-TV Kicks Off Annual Turkey Fund

While many people are thinking about Halloween, we are hard at work getting ready for Thanksgiving.

10/16/2014

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Baby Pens Honor State Police & Fallen Trooper

Minor league sports sometimes get a bad rap for goofy promotions designed to get fans in the stands.

10/15/2014

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Steelers Fans Unimpressed Following 31-10 Loss To Browns

After being dominated in a 31-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Steeler Nation has reason to be concerned.

10/13/2014

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Crash Closes Route 28 Outbound

A crash on Route 28 is having a major impact on traffic.

10/13/2014

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Mercy’s Mobile Medical Health Center Hits The Streets

Getting to the doctor’s office isn’t always easy or convenient, and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System has spent 310-thousand dollars to change that.

10/10/2014

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Fans Ready For Puck To Drop On New Pens Season

Hockey season is back and the Pittsburgh Penguins open up their season tonight at Consol Energy Center.

10/09/2014

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Rivers Casino Cooks Up World’s Biggest Pierogi

Pittsburgh has long been known as the City of Champions and today, another entry in the record book was made.

10/08/2014

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CORE Heads To Harrisburg Urging House To Pass Donate Life Pa. Act

In the past five years, nearly 500 Pennsylvanians a year have died before they were able to receive an organ or tissue donation.

10/06/2014

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Better Business Bureau Issues Fake Ticket Warning Ahead Of Wild Card Game

The Wild Card format boils down to winner moves on, loser goes home and that is putting tickets at a premium for tonight’s game.

10/01/2014

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Solider Belongings Displayed Nearly 50 Years After His Death In WWII

A local family waited nearly 50-years for the remains of their soldier to be returns after World War II, now his recently discovered personal items are on display for all to see.

09/29/2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate clinching a National League playoff spot after their 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Pirates & Fans Excited For Return Trip To Postseason

With a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates secured at least a Wild Card berth in the playoffs.

09/24/2014

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Little Runners Take Part In Jr. Great Race

For more than three decades, the City of Pittsburgh has hosted the Great Race. Its popularity has even expanded into a week-long event.

09/21/2014

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Pgh. Public Schools Students Return To Class With Heightened Security

There was heightened security at three Pittsburgh Public Schools Thursday morning, after threats prompted evacuations earlier this week.

09/18/2014

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Alcosan Working To Upgrade Treatment Facility

Alcosan has been spending a lot of money to upgrade its 59-acre facility that is responsible for treating the wastewater of 83 communities in Allegheny County, including Pittsburgh.

09/17/2014

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