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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.

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Spirit Of King Awards Ceremony Honors August Wilson, Dr. Leroy Patrick

August Wilson and Dr. Leroy Patrick have been named the winners of the Spirit of King Awards for 2014.

01/16/2014

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Legacy Project Tells Stories Of Prominent African Americans With Oral Histories

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. To honor Dr. King’s legacy, PNC is debuting 12 oral histories of prominent African Americans in western Pennsylvania.

01/15/2014

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Crews Begin Work On “Wicked” Set At Benedum Center

It takes a ton of work to put on a show as big as “Wicked.” Fifteen tractor trailers, a crew of 70 and two and a half days to make it perfect before the curtain.

01/14/2014

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Local Gas Station Robbed With Semi-Automatic Gun

Police are looking for two men who held up a local gas station with a semi-automatic gun.

01/10/2014

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Pitt Engineering Gets A Jolt With New Power Lab

It seems everyday there is a new gizmo or gadget that is supposed to make life easier or better — and most of those devices run on electricity.

01/09/2014

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Pittsburgh Promise Scholars Learn Valuable Lessons

Officials with the Pittsburgh Promise are working to teach what their students may not learn in class.

01/07/2014

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Police Remind Public To Care For Pets In Cold Weather

It’s so cold that state police are warning that troopers will file criminal charges against anyone who fails to provide shelter for their pets.

01/06/2014

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Cowher Ready For Cold, Snowy Wild Card Weekend

He coached the Steelers for nearly 15 years and guided them to a victory in Super Bowl XL. But for the past several years, Bill Cowher has worked as a network studio analyst for CBS.

01/03/2014

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Mt. Lebanon High School Renovation Will Also Remove Asbestos

School officials say the construction being done on Mt. Lebanon High School will require asbestos removal.

01/02/2014

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Hundreds Take The ‘Polar Plunge’ Into The Mon River

Pittsburghers stripped down for the annual “Polar Plunge” Wednesday morning.

01/01/2014

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Organizers Preparing For First Night Celebration

As we reflect on 2013, it’s time to look ahead to New Year’s Eve – and Highmark First Night Pittsburgh celebration.

12/27/2013

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Buzz Surrounds Penguin Chicks At National Aviary

The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t play for a couple days over Christmas, but another kind of Penguin inside the National Aviary has everyone buzzing.

12/26/2013

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4 Injured In Regent Square Accident

Four people were injured in a Tuesday morning crash involving a pickup truck and a Port Authority bus in Regent Square.

12/24/2013

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Variety Donates Special Bikes To Children With Disabilities

Christmas came early for seven kids this morning as they were given a gift they had waited their entire lives to be able to enjoy.

12/23/2013

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Hundreds Attend Dedication Ceremony For Pittsburgh’s World War II Memorial

After 13 long years, Pittsburgh’s World War II Memorial was dedicated this morning.

12/06/2013

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