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.
While much of the nation watches what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, a local mother wants people to pay attention to what is happening closer to home.
In Moon Township, some pre-schoolers have already raised more than $1,000 for the KDKA-TV Turkey Fund and the money is still coming in.
Hundreds of volunteers have been working to provide gifts to millions of children who have never received a Christmas present.
There are so many ways that people have been raising money for the 33rd Annual KDKA-TV Turkey Fund.
Nearly two thirds of children under the age of 5 are from families where both parents work.
The KDKA-TV Turkey Fund is in its 33rd year. Thanks to the partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and other food pantries, your generosity comes to life.
Mister Rogers opened every show by singing about it being a beautiful day in the neighborhood and nearly 50 years after the show first aired, his message lives on.
Natural gas prices are 20 percent lower now than they were 20 years ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for everyone to heat their homes during winter.
President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11, 1919, as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. Since then, it has been re-named Veterans Day.
The possibilities were endless, but a local Boy Scout decided to use his Eagle Scout project to honor people he’s never even met before.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation kicked off its seventh annual Believe campaign in the downtown Pittsburgh Macy’s.
It takes a special person to run into a burning building, but firefighters do it every day. Now, many of those same men and women are concentrating on another effort that helps children in our community.
They may not be much on carrying a tune, but the 28 North Allegheny football seniors sure know how to throw a surprise birthday party.
Mayor Bill Peduto visited with student Marlene Burton minutes after they cut the ribbon Friday on the Hill House Passport Academy Charter School.
While many people are thinking about Halloween, we are hard at work getting ready for Thanksgiving.