Rick Dayton

Rick Dayton joined KDKA in September 2009 as a morning news anchor.
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VITALS
Joined KDKA: Sept. 21, 2009
Hometown: Grove City, Pa.
Alma Mater: Grove City High School & The College of Wooster (OH)

FAVORITES
Music: Boston, Billy Joel, Brad Paisley, Bare Naked Ladies, Genesis, Darius Rucker
Movie: “Caddyshack”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Field of Dreams”, “Airplane!”
TV Show: “The Big Bang Theory”, “NCIS Los Angeles”
Book: “The Firm” – John Grisham
Hobbies: Golf, operating Rick Dayton Photography, reading
Sports Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Food: Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo
Local Restaurant: Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Hidden PA Gem: Laurel Valley Country Club
Sport/Exercise: Treadmill
Historical Figure: Winston Churchill
Favorite Pennsylvanian: Arnold Palmer
Quote: “In golf and life, it’s the follow through that makes the difference.”
Word: Family
Vacation Spot: Topsail Island, N.C.
Holiday: Easter
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
Planet: Earth (never been anywhere else)

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone call
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Iced Tea (Sweet ONLY)
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night Person who must get up early
East Coast or West Coast? Anywhere with a good golf course
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars

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. 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 — listening to people and sharing their stories. 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 three 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 shared the elation of Marshall Thundering Herd fans in Huntington and Hollywood, CA for the debuts of the feature film ‘We Are Marshall.’

Rick spent many years covering sports as the sports director of the North Carolina News Network at the Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh, North Carolina. He called play-by-play for 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 the opportunity to come home to western Pennsylvania.

Rick and his wife Jenny have three sons. He loves to play golf, and if he is not on the links, he is likely at a baseball field watching one of the boys play the game he adores. Rick is also accomplished on the other side of the camera. He owns and operates Rick Dayton Photography and shoots weddings, senior portraits, families, and sports.

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