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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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Expert Shares Tips For Boosting Your Spring Garden

Unusually cold temperatures took a toll on our plants.

05/02/2014

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New App Helps Spectators Cheer On Runners

Spotting your favorite runner among the crowds could be a bit tricky. However, an app developed by a Carnegie Mellon graduate is solving that problem.

05/01/2014

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Family Remembers Local Boy Who Bravely Battled Brain Cancer

The life of an 8-year-old boy battling cancer touched many people. Anyone who ever met Connor Michalek could tell stories of his brave battle.

04/29/2014

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Man Arrested After Elizabeth Borough SWAT Standoff

A man is in custody after an overnight SWAT situation in Elizabeth Borough.

04/25/2014

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Could Pittsburgh Handle Hosting 2016 Democratic National Convention?

Pittsburgh is one name that continues to come up as a host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

04/23/2014

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Elementary School Students Spend Time With Local Gold Medalist

They say everyone fits in at Poff Elementary in the Hampton School District.

04/22/2014

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1 In Custody Following Hill District SWAT Incident

One person is in custody following a SWAT situation in the Hill District Monday morning.

04/21/2014

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Service Dogs Provide Independence For People Suffering From Epilepsy

Most think service dogs only help the blind.

04/07/2014

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Pittsburgh Zoo Joining Cause To Save Elephants From Ivory Trade

Are elephants on the verge of extinction?

04/03/2014

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Pittsburgh A Growing Destination For Many Groups

For more than 75 years, Visit Pittsburgh has been charged with bringing lots of interesting people and groups to Allegheny County.

04/03/2014

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Pirates Have High Expectations For 2014

The wait is over. Opening Day is here and expectations are high for the Pittsburgh Pirates after making the playoffs last season.

03/31/2014

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Grounds Crew Working Hard To PNC Park Ready For Opening Day

The Pirates will take on the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, but there’s plenty that went into making the field ready for today’s game.

03/31/2014

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New Food, Merchandise To Debut At PNC Park

The Pirates have been planning and developing new food and merchandise options for fans.

03/31/2014

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Pittsburghers Eager To Say Goodbye To Winter

This may come as a bit of a shock, but Thursday is the first day of spring.

03/19/2014

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Local USA Sled Hockey Player Bring Home Gold Medal

We watched him grow up on his hockey sled. From the time he was a youngster, Dan McCoy showed us he had something special.

03/18/2014

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