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David Highfield

David Highfield KDKA-TV

David's days start early (his alarm rings at 2 a.m.!) He anchors the KDKA-TV Morning News with Lindsay Ward. 

He also hosts "Pittsburgh Today Live," our very popular daily lifestyle/talk show, with Heather Abraham. 

In his 30 years in television, he's won 12 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, for both hosting and reporting. He's also won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards: One for his report on a possible connection between Marcellus Shale drilling and earthquakes, and one for an examination of how smoke detectors often don't wake up children. 

In addition, he's won Golden Quills for feature reporting, awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association, and a Matrix award for flood coverage. 

David created, hosted and executive produced the Emmy award-winning "Your Pittsburgh," an evening newsmagazine that ran for seven years on KDKA. 

He got his start at KDKA as a writer in 1991 before being promoted to a newscast producer. Then he went in front of the camera, first as the Westmoreland County Bureau Chief and later as the Beaver/Butler Bureau Chief. He also spent years as an 11 p.m. reporter and fill-in anchor, and in 2020 became the anchor of KDKA News at Noon. 

Among the news events David has covered: Visits to the U.S. by Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the tragedy at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue in 2018, the death of Mayor Bob O'Connor, the crash of Flight 427, Richard Baumhammers' shooting spree in 2000, and the 9/11 attack from both Shanksville and the Pentagon. 

Some of his reports have aired on WCBS in New York and KCBS in Los Angeles. He's also reported live on drought conditions for "CBS This Morning" (now "CBS Mornings") and on a train derailment for WBBM in Chicago. 

His hometown inducted him into the Ford City Hall of Fame in 2008, and in 2013, he was inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame for numerous sports-related stories he's covered over the years. 

He has donated his time to local charities including The KDKA-TV Turkey Fund, the PTL Toy Drive, Joey's PAW, Animal Friends, Persad Center, Hair Peace, American Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County. 

David played a news reporter in the 2009 short film "Tommy and Me." It was produced by Fleadh Films and benefited Operation Safety Net, which helps people who are homeless. 

David attended Ford City High School and graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with high honors. 

He lives in Lawrenceville with his husband Gary and cat Marvin. 


  • Joined KDKA: 1991
  • Hometown: Ford City
  • Alma Mater: Ford City High School, Syracuse University


  • Music:  My music moods change. 70s or 80s pop. Cabaret songs. Jazz. All good.
  • Movie: I can still quote lines from "Broadcast News."
  • TV Show: I'm a sucker for reruns of classic TV shows.
  • Book: I'm into mindfulness, so "10% Happier" by Dan Harris is intriguing to me right now.
  • Hobbies: I paint and draw and wish I had more time to do both.
  • Sports Team: Pirates, Penguins, Steelers
  • Food: Italian food and seafood! But beets, ginger and ice cream are my favorite foods, just not together!
  • Local Restaurant: I love so many! We visit Senti in Lawrenceville often.
  • Sport/Exercise: Tennis tricks me into exercise, but the way I play keeps my ego in check.
  • Quote: "It's a great life if you don't weaken." - A friend I was lucky to know.
  • Vacation Spot: Provincetown is my favorite! But I also love NYC, San Francisco and Key West.
  • Holiday: Any day I'm around the people I love.
  • Guilty Pleasure: I like a nice cold martini.


  • Facebook or Twitter? Instagram.
  • Cats or Dogs? That's like asking someone which child they love more. Both!
  • Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
  • Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
  • Phone Call or Text Message? It depends.
  • Mac or PC? Mac
  • Coffee or Tea? Iced tea.
  • Morning Person or Night Person? I anchor the morning news... so you're required to love mornings!
  • East Coast or West Coast? Each has a vibe I enjoy, and both have beaches!
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