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.

Jim Leyland, Barry Bonds

Leyland & Bonds Reunite In Pittsburgh At Josh Gibson Gala

Legendary Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Jim Leyland and one of the best players from that era gave fans lots to cheer about in the late 80’s and early 90’s.


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Officials Conduct Sweep Of Oakland, Check For Safe Violations

Politicians, building code inspectors, and local and university police officers were moving around the city’s Oakland section Friday morning to check out safety concerns.


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Old Farmer’s Almanac Still Embraces Ideals Of Original Publisher

As the last days of summer hang on, many are already thinking ahead to fall, and ultimately, the arrival of winter. Just in time, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2016 is now available.


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Homefront Pittsburgh To Offer Help To Veterans Making Transition To Civilian Life

Pittsburgh boasts one of the largest populations of veterans in the United States, yet there is no military base nearby to provide many essential services.


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New Gallery Showcases History Of North Side Neighborhood

A picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words and a gallery on the North Side has images that are hundreds of years old.


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One Woman’s Hard Work Leads To Penn Hills Park Renovation

Good intentions don’t account for much unless you can roll up your sleeves and make them happen.


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Affordable Housing Concerns Dominate Community Development Block Grant Meeting

A meeting regarding funding from the Community Development Block Grant took on a different tone Tuesday night as people wanted to talk about affordable housing options in Pittsburgh.


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Duquesne University Introduces New Athletic Director

Duquesne University officially has a new leader of its athletics program. David Harper will now be in charge of the Duquesne Dukes.


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New Generation Of Heart Pumps Gives Life To AGH Patients

Hundreds of patients walk the halls of Allegheny General Hospital.


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Pitt Baseball, Softball Teams Participate In New Concussion Study

Varsity athletes at Pitt are participating in a large new study on concussions. Today, Pitt softball and baseball players participated in a battery of pre-season concussion evaluations.


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96-Year-Old WWII Vet, Vietnam Vet Get High School Diplomas

Sometimes it takes a while for recognition to be given to people who are well-deserving of our praise.


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Police: Student With Gun Who Took School Hostages In Custody

A 14-year-old boy held 29 students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia high school classroom Tuesday afternoon before he released them after negotiations and surrendered, authorities said. No injuries were reported.


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Steelers Announce Completion Of South Plaza Expansion

Heinz Field just got a little bigger over the weekend as the Steelers announced the completion of the South Plaza expansion project.


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Volunteers Fill Backpacks For Homeless Students

Even kids who don’t have a home need supplies for school.


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Boy Scouts Earn Aviation Merit Badge With Hands-On Airport Experience

It takes months, or even years for pilots to learn to fly. Today, nearly 100 Boy Scouts learned some of the basics.




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