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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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2014 Pancreatic Cancer Walk Raises Nearly $250K

It has been called the grimmest common malignancy. Even if pancreatic cancer is detected early, the prognosis is rarely good.

07/14/2014

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Bret Michaels Brings New Guitar, Salad To Station Square Hard Rock Cafe

A career music man is now cooking up something special at the Hard Rock Café – and on Bret Michaels Day, no less.

07/02/2014

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Blackhawk Principal Keeps Job After Funding Concerns

Funding in the Blackhawk School District is still a question, but today, a principal at the third, fourth and fifth grade building is keeping her job.

07/01/2014

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Pirates’ Walker Teaches Kids At Pro Camp

He is the hometown hero playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but Neil Walker wants to make sure the next generation learns to love the game of baseball.

06/30/2014

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Mon Wharf Landing In Need Of Major Maintenance

November 2009, the Mon Wharf landing enhancement project was dedicated — another step toward completing the Great Allegheny Passage from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh.

06/27/2014

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Trees Domino Onto Telephone Wires In Crescent Township

Severe storms caused five trees to fall “like dominos” onto telephone wires in Crescent Township Tuesday night.

06/25/2014

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Elizabeth Twp. Fire Company Recipient Of Pet CPR Mask Donations

The Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Company in Elizabeth Township is very proud of its community-oriented fire protection, and now that protection is no longer limited to just helping humans.

06/24/2014

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Teen Recognized For Project To Honor Veterans

How do you express gratitude for things you may not understand, to people you have never met?

06/23/2014

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Heinz Employees Make 100K Meals For Those In Need

Friday morning Heinz employees assembled more than 100,000 meals in an effort to stop hunger worldwide.

06/13/2014

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Travel Channel’s ‘Sand Masters’ Build Market Square Masterpiece

Imagine what it would be like to do nothing but play in the sand all day — every day. Two guys made that a reality in Market Square Thursday.

06/12/2014

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Alleged Ambridge Attempted Child Luring Under Investigation

Police are investigating after a man allegedly tried to lure children in Beaver County Monday night.

06/11/2014

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Fans Excited For Polanco’s Debut At PNC Park

Tonight, Gregory Polanco will debut in front of the Clemente Wall at PNC Park.

06/10/2014

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Teacher Raises Money, Shaves Head To Support Those Battling Cancer

One teacher in Butler County wanted to show his students how his sister’s battle with cancer has touched his life.

06/05/2014

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Pittsburgh Makes Travel Channel’s List Of Vacation Destinations For 2014

What do Pittsburgh, the Everglades, Nantucket and the Black Hills of South Dakota have in common? All of them are on the Travel Channel’s new list of best vacation destinations for 2014.

06/03/2014

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Ceremony Held To Dedicate Alle Kiski Valley Vietnam Memorial

The United States government records show more than 58,000 military members were killed in Vietnam.

06/02/2014

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