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.
If you have ever lost something, you know how frustrating it can be trying to find it.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Ottawa tonight for one of the final games of the regular season, but the playoff buzz is building as tickets went on sale this morning.
Firefighters battled a Thursday morning blaze at a home in Carnegie.
A Pittsburgh mayoral candidate who was arrested on DUI charges last week is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Apparently, no truer words have been spoken when it comes to stink bugs.
The lure of getting something for nothing is a pretty strong pull. But if you can get something for free and meet a celebrity, the deal gets even better.
Every team draws a big crowd on Opening Day and many professional sports teams like the Pirates use promotional items to get them to come back.
You’ve even done a few of these things. Now though, police are going after these aggressive drivers.
The debate has raged for years about stem cells, but Butler County Veterinarian Mike Hutchinson is completely sold on their effectiveness.
A series of events led to damage to four vehicles and two people being sent to the hospital in ambulances.
Cancer research would not be possible without people who are willing to help and the American Cancer Society is recruiting local people for its next long-term research project.
Former Woodland Hills football standout Steve Breaston has worked hard to give back to his hometown.
While an American is unlikely to be chosen as the pope, there are some who think very highly of Pittsburgh-native Donald Wuerl.
Surveillance video has become a great tool to help police catch criminals. Over the weekend, the cameras were rolling in Uniontown as employees at a store on Connellsville Street got a lot more than they bargained for.
Thousands people are expected to flock to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the annual Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. Companies will show the latest and greatest products for the home. And one organization will be encouraging people to go green.
|Full Program Grid|
|7:00 PM||KDKA-TV News|
|7:30 PM||omg! Insider|
|8:00 PM||The Mentalist|
|9:00 PM||48 Hours|
|10:00 PM||48 Hours|
|11:00 PM||KDKA-TV News at 11|
|11:35 PM||CSI: Miami|