Register Now for Vibrant Voices Speaker Series - November 13

Vibrant Voices speaker series is intended to provide a forum for enriching conversations with people who are making a difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

· Thursday, November 13, 7:30am-9:30am, at PNC Park, 115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 
· Register here!

We are pleased to welcome Harold Hayes, retired veteran reporter and journalist with KDKA-TV as our speaker. A native of McKeesport, Harold is a graduate of South Hills High School and the University of Pittsburgh, and spent 37 years of his 40-year career in Pittsburgh. Harold Hayes will share his experiences covering stories about the region, providing the audience with some perspective about the challenges this region has faced in the past and the ways this community has responded.

Given the recent tragic event in our community, we believe this edition of Vibrant Voices is an opportunity to have a dialogue with our corporate members about the issue of unity, inclusion, perhaps even healing and the type of community and workplace we can strive to create. Whether longtime Pittsburghers or newcomers, we come together in the midst of our differences and our similarities to tackle the challenges and opportunities of our organizations. We’ve asked our speaker to facilitate a conversation to examine the reflections of our audience members and explore the question so many of you have asked, "what can we do?" The audience will discuss and share ideas for the individual, organization and Employee Resource Groups to sustain and foster the unity that continues to be demonstrated by so many.

More about the speaker:

Harold Hayes joined KDKA-TV in August of 1979 as a general assignment reporter and during 37 years before his retirement, covered everything from military operations in the Middle East to landmark local court cases. He covered the Democratic National Convention from 1980 through 1992 and interviewed then-President Bill Clinton at the White House shortly after Clinton took office in 1993.

His overseas coverage included Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia in 1990, Kuwait’s memorial to the local lives lost during Operation Desert Storm in 1993, and the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 2005.

Locally, Harold covered many local court cases over nearly four decades and followed up on stories that still have impact on the community. For example, he covered the 1981 court-ordered desegregation that resulted in the merger of the Woodland Hills School District. Twenty years later, he found one of the students he interviewed then — who had become a parent of a graduate that year, and interviewed them both.  After his retirement from KDKA-TV, he wrote a retrospective on the issue for the online publication Public Source.

Harold grew up originally in McKeesport where his father pastored Bethlehem Baptist Church. After his father’s death, his family moved to Pittsburgh where he graduated from South Hills High School in 1971 and the University of Pittsburgh (CAS ’75) with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Communications. After graduation from Pitt, Harold worked as a research assistant in the “Reading is Fundamental” program, sponsored by the Urban League of Pittsburgh. In 1976, he became a staff announcer for WSIV Radio in Pekin, Illinois. The following year he took the position of weekend anchor/producer/reporter at WRAU-TV in Peoria, Illinois and worked there until accepting the position at KDKA-TV. He retired in April 2016.

Harold is on the board of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting, which operates NPR affiliate WESA and WYEP radio stations, and is on the board of the Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center. He serves on the Producer Database Project of the National Association of Black Journalists, which attempts to diversify media management and has been involved with a number of community organizations including the NEED scholarship program, the Bethlehem Baptist Church scholarship program named after his late father, WQED-TV and the Allegheny Union Baptist Association.

Harold married his wife Denise in 1984.  His older daughter is in Human Resources at General Mills  and his younger daughter is an an academic counselor in the School of Education at Penn State and a freelance photographer.