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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Britsburgh Festival To Celebrate All Things British

Next week, the people of Pittsburgh won’t have to cross the pond to experience English culture as the celebration known as Britsburgh returns.


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Charitable Organizations Stepping Up To Provide Back-To-School Supplies

A number of different charitable organizations are doing their part to make sure families have what they need for back-to-school.


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Experts Say Late Start To Back-To-School Shopping Saves Money

There has been a lot riding on how much the cash registers would ring during this back to school shopping season.


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Homewood Community Days Seeks To Curb Violence, Encourage Community

The Homewood Community Days event aims to focus on the positive things going on in the neighborhood and on the people who call it home.


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Police Investigating After Vases Stolen From Connellsville Cemetery

Police are investigating after hundreds of vases were stolen from a cemetery in Connellsville.


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Kerr Collar Aims To Reduce Number Of Head, Neck Injuries In Football

Despite greater awareness in recent years about concussions, there’s still a lot of work to be done in preventing them.


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Open Streets Pittsburgh Changing Route For Final Event Of Summer

The final Open Streets Pittsburgh event of the summer will be held on Sunday and will feature a new route.


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Hundreds Of Kids Receive School Supplies From National Council Of Jewish Women

The National Council of Jewish Women in Pittsburgh has been hard at work to make sure more than 500 local kids have what they need when they head back to class.


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Benefit Held After Horses Killed In Barn Fire

Less than four months ago, a deadly barn fire in South Park claimed the lives of seven horses, two goats, a pig, a cat and about a dozen chickens and ducks.


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171st Air Refueling Wing Welcomes National Group Of Priest Pilots

Several dozen priests from across the country have flown into Pittsburgh for their annual convention.


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Pitcairn Monument Honors Local Vietnam War Veterans

An American Legion post in Pitcairn unveiled a monument honoring all the local men and women who served during the Vietnam War on Saturday afternoon.


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Uniontown Pub Suffers Heavy Damage In Fire

Workers at a restaurant in Uniontown tried to put out a fire that ripped through the kitchen on Tuesday.


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Carnegie Borough Building Flag Service Honors Vietnam Vet

For the past five years, veterans’ flag services have been held at the Carnegie Borough Building to honor the lives of American service members.


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Pittsburgh Juneteenth Celebration Marks The End Of Slavery

The Juneteenth Celebration marks the end of slavery.


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Kids Learn New Tackling Style Aimed At Preventing Concussions

Hundreds of kids nationwide are now learning a new style of football tackling, aimed at preventing concussions.




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