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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Pirates Fans Weigh In On Favorite Players For 2015 Season

Thousands of fans love Andrew McCutchen, while others scream for Josh Harrison. Some are crazy about Pedro Alvarez or Neil Walker.

04/13/2015

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New Security Measures In Place At PNC Park

If you plan on heading out to PNC Park this season, there are some new security measures to keep in mind.

04/13/2015

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Pens Fans Looking For Playoff Tickets Skip The Box Office

You would never know from looking at the box office where tickets are on sale for the playoffs, that interest is at an all-time high for the Pens.

04/02/2015

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Lottery Commission Exploring Lottery Kiosks At Gas Pumps

California and Minnesota already have it in place. A Texas inventor started talking about the idea ten years ago. Now, the Lottery Commission in Pennsylvania is looking at selling tickets in a very popular place.

04/01/2015

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Cal-U Women’s Basketball Team Celebrating National Championship

The NCAA Division II women’s basketball title was handed out and the trophy for 2015 now makes it home in California, Pa.

03/30/2015

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Annual ‘Bowl With The Bus’ Event Raises Money For Bettis’ Foundation

This summer, he will be headed to the Hall of Fame, but first, Pittsburgh Steelers legend Jerome Bettis took time to bowl to raise money for his foundation.

03/27/2015

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Pittsburgh Local Task Force Hands Out Champion Awards To Top Teachers & Students

The Pittsburgh Local Task Force is charged with improving and expanding the opportunities for students with disabilities in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

03/26/2015

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Mt. Lebanon Officials To Reassess Deer Management Program In Fall

Mount Lebanon’s decision to control the deer population had people on both sides of the issue up in arms.

03/24/2015

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Friends & Family Honor Victim Of Fatal Tattoo Parlor Shooting

The death of a tattoo shop owner Kevin Croney in New Kensington has touched many people in the area.

03/23/2015

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Rosedale Tech Hosts Job Fair To Match Students With Employers

You would be hard pressed to find a traditional student at Rosedale Technical College.

03/18/2015

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Mizuno Donates Bats & Gloves To Local Kids For Upcoming Baseball Season

With sunshine and temperatures pushing into the 60s today, it almost feels like baseball season. Over the weekend, a bunch of baseball players thought it felt a lot like Christmas too.

03/16/2015

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RMU Excited For NCAA Tournament Opportunity

Robert Morris University locked up its NCAA Tournament bid last week by winning its conference tournament.

03/16/2015

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2015 Home & Garden Show Opens Downtown

When it comes to keeping your home in tip top shape– some people could use a little inspiration. That’s where the Pittsburgh Home Garden Show comes in.

03/06/2015

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Road Crews Worry About Possible Re-Freeze Overnight

The Parkway West was up to its usual tricks as people took extra time and extra precautions to get to work on this snowy Thursday morning. But, it wasn’t just those areas.

03/05/2015

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Winter Weather Causes Buses To Become Stuck In Carrick

A blast of quick-moving winter weather impacted the morning commute. In Carrick, several buses became stuck on an icy road.

03/04/2015

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