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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Community Creating Rain Garden In Stanton Heights

It once was a weed-filled median between Stanton Heights and Lawrenceville, but that’s all changed.

05/09/2016

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Local Rangers Teach Highlands Students To Plant Trees

A group of middle school students had a chance to play in the dirt this week.

05/06/2016

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People Rally Against Cuts In Baldwin-Whitehall School District

A group gathered to rally before a board meeting in hopes to change the minds of Baldwin-Whitehall board members.

05/05/2016

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Sign Dedication Held To Honor 3 Legends Of South Oakland

A new sign in South Oakland honors the legacies of Dan Marino, Bruno Sammartino and Andy Warhol.

05/03/2016

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Immigration Rally Held In Beechview

For centuries, America has been called a great melting pot, where people of all ethnicities blend into one population.

05/02/2016

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Students Appeal To Blackhawk School Board Over Possible Teacher Furloughs

It’s no secret that money is tight in school districts all over. And, Thursday night, a district in Beaver County grappled with its financial woes.

04/29/2016

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Local Group Working To Bring Awareness To Homeless LGBT Youth Issue

There is a national effort to address teen homelessness among the LGBT population. One organization in Pittsburgh is doing its part.

04/28/2016

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Riverhounds Spend Day With Special Needs Children

Over the weekend, the Riverhounds welcomed more than 130 families to Highmark Stadium.

04/25/2016

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Eating Disorder Survivor Speaks Out

A local woman battling an eating disorder is speaking out in hopes of inspiring others.

04/21/2016

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Kids, City YMCAs Benefit From Annual Health Bee Competition

Teams of middle school kids from around Pittsburgh battled in the annual Health Bee sponsored by United Healthcare.

04/20/2016

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Three-Alarm Fire Rips Through South Side Apartments & Business

Fire officials are looking into the cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed several apartments.

04/19/2016

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Local Family Relieved Pennsylvania Legalized Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania is now the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana as Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law on Sunday.

04/18/2016

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Preparing Your Lawn Mower For Spring

Soon the grass will be ready for a trim. Experts explain how to keep your mower in the best possible shape.

04/14/2016

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Verizon Workers Go On Strike Amid Contract Dispute

Tens of thousands of Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast have walked off the job after working without a contract since August.

04/13/2016

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Mayor Applauds Efforts Of Many Volunteers Around City

Pittsburgh is part of a national coalition of cities whose mayors have committed to make a difference in their hometowns via volunteering.

04/06/2016

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