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.
Police are trying to track down a stolen bronze plaque that was part of a veteran’s memorial.
Icy roads led to two accidents involving tractor trailers along Interstate 79.
Many families have traditions that span back decades during the holidays. Downtown Pittsburgh has been working to add another tradition to their list.
There are dozens of social service agencies and churches that operate food pantries around southwestern Pennsylvania. One food bank on the North Side is taking donations in a new high-tech way.
We tend to remember our veterans on Memorial Day and then again on their special day in November. However, an effort called Wreaths Across America wants to make sure they aren’t forgotten at the holidays.
The Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania wants to make sure our former military members aren’t forgotten.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign has been helping people since the late 1800s. This week, the charitable organization paired up to with Walmart to take some kids shopping.
A Monroeville teen used his bar mitzvah money to help out another teen fighting a brain tumor.
The holidays are a popular time for giving.
Police have arrested a man after two people were nearly robbed, one of which was stabbed, at two Ambridge bus stops.
While much of the nation watches what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, a local mother wants people to pay attention to what is happening closer to home.
In Moon Township, some pre-schoolers have already raised more than $1,000 for the KDKA-TV Turkey Fund and the money is still coming in.
Hundreds of volunteers have been working to provide gifts to millions of children who have never received a Christmas present.
There are so many ways that people have been raising money for the 33rd Annual KDKA-TV Turkey Fund.
Nearly two thirds of children under the age of 5 are from families where both parents work.