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.
It sometimes seems like everywhere you turn, there is another contest to win some huge prize. Sometimes, you don’t even have to play to win.
The start of hockey season is less than a week away, and more than 500 Pittsburgh Penguins’ fans packed the team’s practice facility on Sunday for the start of training camp.
Many communities have struggled with how to re-invent themselves, and Wilkinsburg is no exception. But there are very strong opinions on whether issuing liquor licenses there – for the first time in nearly 80 years – is the way to go.
The world premiere for a movie called “Amazing Racer” was held Tuesday evening at the Waterfront. The movie is being released today on DVD around the world and stars some nationally known actors, but has strong local ties.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have packed up their gear and are already looking ahead to next year. Rick Dayton recently sat down with one of people behind the scenes who made game day a bit more enjoyable at Heinz Field this year.
Pile on the fries, and slaw. You may soon be able to order your favorite Primanti’s sandwich even if you are far away from Pittsburgh.
Early morning temperatures dipped into the teens, which made for a rude awakening for commuters.
New Year’s Eve has come and gone, but the memories of the First Night celebration are very much alive in the minds of the thousands who packed Pittsburgh Monday night.
Gov. Tom Corbett was in town Friday morning to try and save the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township.
There was a wide range when it came to snowfall totals in western Pennsylvania. Some places saw a few inches, while others saw double-digits accumulations.
The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped another one in the final seconds of the game. Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was particularly disappointing because it knocked the Steelers out of the playoff race.
A high school wrestling match at Moon High School is a really big deal for a 14-year-old named Nathan.
Promoted as the largest single day celebration in the region, First Night will feature more than one hundred acts performing in more than 50 locations throughout the Cultural District.
New dek hockey court opens in Hazelwood. It’s is the second of four dek hockey courts to be built in Pittsburgh. Eight others will be built around the county and surrounding areas.
The Omni William Penn Hotel wants to take you about eight decades back in time to the end of prohibition.
|Full Program Grid|
|7:00 PM||CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley|
|7:30 PM||omg! Insider|
|8:00 PM||The Big Bang Theory|
|8:31 PM||Two and a Half Men|
|9:01 PM||Person of Interest|
|11:00 PM||KDKA-TV News at 11|
|11:35 PM||Late Show with David Letterman|