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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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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New Animal Rescue League Program Has Kids Read To Cats

An animal shelter in Allegheny County is trying to give kids an opportunity to help.

03/03/2015

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Camp Cadet Offers Kids The Chance To Learn About Law Enforcement

What does it take to be a law enforcement officer? How hard is it to get through the police academy?

02/27/2015

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Bettis’s Foundation Launching Summer Work Program For Pittsburgh Youth

Jerome Bettis earned spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame by running over would be tacklers, but his first job was with the City of Detroit in its police cadet program.

02/26/2015

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Steelers’ Villenueva Presents $10K Check At Banksville Elementary School

Students at Pittsburgh Banksville Elementary had a special visitor today.

02/25/2015

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Better Business Bureau Issues Warning Over Rewards Survey Scam

Loyalty rewards programs — coupons, discounts and cashback — are a long-established, effective methods used by retailers to keep customers coming back.

02/24/2015

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Scholarship Set Up In Honor Of Armored Vehicle Heist Victim

The victim of the 2012 armored truck heist is being remembered by young men who in many cases, never met Michael Haines.

02/23/2015

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Pittsburghers Forced To Battle Brutally Cold Temperatures

If you have lived in Pittsburgh long enough, you know how cold it has to be for the Allegheny River to be frozen over.

02/20/2015

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Water Main Break Closes Road In Brighton Heights

A water main break has closed down a busy road in Brighton Heights.

02/19/2015

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Mt. Lebanon Deer Culling Plan In Effect

Mount Lebanon’s controversial plan to thin the deer herd is now in effect.

02/18/2015

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Former Steeler Jason Gildon Takes Over As Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Football Coach

With 11 years of NFL experience, three Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl, All-Pro linebacker Jason Gildon is now the head high school football coach at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

02/17/2015

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Contest Winner Gets To Interview Drivers At Monster Jam

The winner of a Pittsburgh Today Live giveaway got to walk the Monster Jam Grid at Consol Energy Center Saturday.

02/14/2015

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Pittsburgh Car Show Offers Look At Rare And Expensive Vehicles

All the chrome has to shine, and the glass must gleam.

02/12/2015

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