Shaler Area names KDKA’s Heather Abraham its Distinguished Alumnus
Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 6:28 AM
Shaler Area recognized 2002 graduate Heather Abraham as its 2019 Distinguished Alumnus during the high school’s Nov. 14 National Honor Society induction ceremony.
Abraham anchors the KDKA-TV morning news and co-hosts “Pittsburgh Today Live” on the station. She has received several Emmy nominations and won a Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Golden Quill Award for her reporting. Additionally, she has covered major local news, including the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, as well as stories on the Pittsburgh Vice Squad and innovative research benefitting pediatric cancer patients.
The veteran journalist credits Shaler Area’s television production program and SATV teacher Lee Myers with encouraging her to pursue a broadcast journalism career.
A committee of district teachers and administrators selects the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, who must have graduated from Shaler Area, Shaler, Etna or Millvale School Districts and made a valuable contribution to society in his or her professional or personal lives.
“As proud as I am of myself for my hard work, I also know I got to where I am because of teachers like Mr. Lee Myers; teachers who believe in students, push them to work hard, and inspire them,” Abraham said, in a school district-issued news release.
During a Nov. 15 “Pittsburgh Today Live” broadcast, she noted that she gained on-air experience through reading the Shaler Area morning announcements.
“As a student, Heather was very outgoing and personable. She had a lot of confidence in herself and adapted to any situation. She was never afraid to challenge herself with new experiences,” Myers said. “Over the years, I have felt very proud of her. Knowing that she started here at Shaler Area and in my program has meant a lot to me. I’ve kept in touch with her since graduating high school and it’s been wonderful seeing her advance herself in the media world. I believe I provided Heather with a vehicle, but she drove herself to her success.”
Following high school, Abraham earned a bachelor’s in broadcast news from West Virginia University. She then reported at News 12 Brooklyn, a 24-hour cable news station in New York before joining KDKA in 2010. She and her husband have three children and currently live in the City of Pittsburgh.
Myers said that he is proud to “be a part of her success” and say that she is his former student.
“I am confident that Heather loves her job and loves reporting the news. She is a very determined woman and passionate about her work. Heather is a down-to-earth Pittsburgh girl that is very humbled about her success. That is what makes her special,” he said.