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.
A fire in McKeesport burned a family out of their home Thursday morning.
There are some teams Pittsburgh fans simply love to hate. The Ravens come to mind and in hockey, there’s the Philadelphia Flyers.
There are more than 3,000 dog foods in the United States and it is a multi-billion dollar industry. Shiny packaging, celebrity endorsements and words like natural, fresh, and holistic are on packages and often much larger than the ingredient list on the back.
Darlington Township commissioners honored two citizens and two volunteer firefighters Monday evening for saving a brother and sister from a burning Beaver County home.
There’s an old saying that you can’t truly understand what another person is feeling until you walk a mile in their shoes. One lady in Hazelwood has battled breast cancer and today, she is doing something really special for people who are fighting the disease.
A South Hills woman is known within the medical community for something she can do, without ever saying a word.
No one in the world has experienced more NFL Super Bowl championships than the City of Pittsburgh, so why not bring the Super Bowl here?
Few things frustrate commuters more than coming around a bend and seeing a long line of brake lights. And Pittsburgh has more than its fair share of constant hot spots.
Some people look for daffodils, others say that robins are the tell-tale sign. However, die-hard baseball fans said there is another clue that spring is just around the corner.
There was a special delivery to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Friday. It was a pair of specialty pizzas prepared for the North American Black Bears, Stanley and Susan.
A rare Pirates find showed up a long ways from home – in Sacramento, Calif.
For nearly two decades, Marvin Hamlisch conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops and now the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will hold a tribute called “One Singular Sensation.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ abbreviated training camp will draw to a close on Friday. Last night, it was standing room only for fans to watch a scrimmage at Consol Energy Center.
“Career Bliss” says Pittsburgh comes pretty close when it comes to actual career bliss.
It sometimes seems like everywhere you turn, there is another contest to win some huge prize. Sometimes, you don’t even have to play to win.
|Full Program Grid|
|7:00 PM||CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley|
|7:30 PM||omg! Insider|
|8:00 PM||Two and a Half Men|
|8:30 PM||Mike & Molly|
|9:00 PM||Criminal Minds|
|11:00 PM||KDKA-TV News at 11|
|11:35 PM||Late Show with David Letterman|