In September 2001 Jon joined KDKA full time as the Money & Politics Editor and this region’s only political analyst who covers national and local issues that affect hometown residents.
Jon also hosts the KDKA Sunday Business Page, a weekly public affairs program.
Jon is recognized for his ability to analyze complex issues and make them understandable to any audience. He has worked in both government and the private business world, practiced law, reported on both radio and television and has also taught at the graduate level.
Jon’s on-air work began in 1991 after fourteen years working in the US Congress. In 1994 he became the political analyst for KDKA-TV and reported from both the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions in 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 2008, he was the first TV reporter in the state to interview Barack Obama and had six interviews with him that year, along with John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin.
In 2011, Jon became the first Pennsylvania television reporter to interview President Obama in the White House, which he did a second time in 2012. During the 2012 campaign, he also interviewed the First Lady Michelle Obama, Gov. Mitt Romney, Ann Romney, Cong. Paul Ryan, and Dr. Jill Biden.
Jon has also been teaching graduate students since 1995 at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz College of Public Policy & Management.
He writes a monthly column entitled “Government Busters” for the Pittsburgh Business Times and is a contributing writer to Pittsburgh Magazine.
Jon has won numerous awards for his work.
In 2011, he won the Edward R. Morrow Award for the best “hard news” story in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. He also won the Small Business Journalist Champion of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the “Good Government Award” from the Greater Pittsburgh League of Women Voters, two Golden Quill Awards, two Robert Vann awards from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and the Clarity Award for the Pennsylvania Bar Association for being a lawyer who can write in plain English.
Active in his church, Jon also volunteers for several community organizations. He often moderates and facilitates seminars, candidate debates and programs, and speaks on governmental and political issues to civic, business and labor groups.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Jon and his wife Jane and their two children live in Mt. Lebanon two blocks from where Jon grew up.
A growing tent city of homeless off of Howard Street on the North Side, apparently with city permission, is outraging local residents.
Whole Foods isn’t talking, but America’s self-styled healthiest grocery store with $16 billion in sales may be under pressure to lower its prices.
The NCAA announced a list of hosting sites through the year 2022 and Pittsburgh will host more college championships than any other city.
It’s like any other drive-thru, but the Starbucks on Library Road had dozens of customers who did something special.
Mayor Peduto uses President Trump to kick off his first campaign ad of the reelection year.
National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell was in his mid-20s when he first met Dan Rooney.
Pennsylvanians may have another reason to move to New York.
Starting next week, Walmart will offer discounts on thousands of online-only items when customers elect to have them shipped to a store for pickup.
Those set-top boxes needed to transmit cable television channels on multiple TV sets in a home are the subject of a Philadelphia lawsuit against Verizon.
A man in Florida put up the cash, but let his friend press the slots button at a casino, and that turned out to be a most unlucky mistake.
With 60 branches and 600 employees in this region, KeyBank has moved quickly to establish itself after acquiring First Niagara Bank last year.
The video of Chicago airport security dragging an innocent passenger off a United Airlines flight is shocking. And it could happen to anyone.
Add Payless Shoes to the list of retailers filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Nine of the 10 most expensive home residences for sale in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia, but one key property is in Pittsburgh.
Call it spirits-to-go.