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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.

Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates with his teammates after defeating the New York Rangers 4 to 2 in Game Four of the Second Round in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Pens Clean Out Lockers, Head Into Uncertain Offseason

The Pittsburgh Penguins cleaned out their lockers at CONSOL Energy Center on Thursday after another disappointing end to the playoffs.

05/15/2014

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New Tesla Charging Station Opens In Cranberry Twp.

With gas prices creeping toward $4 a gallon, the interest in electric cars is rising as well.

05/13/2014

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Dogs Play Big Role For Elephant Handlers At Pittsburgh Zoo

What makes a gigantic African elephant tuck its tail and run? A pair of 25-pound dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

05/12/2014

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O’Connor Makes Surprise Proclamation For Local Teachers

Teaching can sometimes be a thankless job given the long hours and countless tests and papers to read.

05/12/2014

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Steeler Nation Reacts To Ryan Shazier Draft Pick

Once again, the Steelers picked up a defensive player in the NFL Draft, selecting a linebacker from Ohio State.

05/09/2014

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Steelers Fans Excited For First Round Of NFL Draft

Tonight, football returns with the first round of the NFL Draft and the fans have some ideas about which player the Steelers should take.

05/08/2014

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Simple Sugars Enjoying Continued Success

The company’s CEO is just 20 years old. She actually lists her mom as a full-time employee and with the backing of a well-known billionaire, her Pittsburgh-based company is taking off.

05/05/2014

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Expert Shares Tips For Boosting Your Spring Garden

Unusually cold temperatures took a toll on our plants.

05/02/2014

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New App Helps Spectators Cheer On Runners

Spotting your favorite runner among the crowds could be a bit tricky. However, an app developed by a Carnegie Mellon graduate is solving that problem.

05/01/2014

(Source: Michalek Family)

Family Remembers Local Boy Who Bravely Battled Brain Cancer

The life of an 8-year-old boy battling cancer touched many people. Anyone who ever met Connor Michalek could tell stories of his brave battle.

04/29/2014

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Man Arrested After Elizabeth Borough SWAT Standoff

A man is in custody after an overnight SWAT situation in Elizabeth Borough.

04/25/2014

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Could Pittsburgh Handle Hosting 2016 Democratic National Convention?

Pittsburgh is one name that continues to come up as a host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

04/23/2014

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Elementary School Students Spend Time With Local Gold Medalist

They say everyone fits in at Poff Elementary in the Hampton School District.

04/22/2014

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1 In Custody Following Hill District SWAT Incident

One person is in custody following a SWAT situation in the Hill District Monday morning.

04/21/2014

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Service Dogs Provide Independence For People Suffering From Epilepsy

Most think service dogs only help the blind.

04/07/2014

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