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.
It was an argumentative first debate on KDKA-TV last Monday with attacks between Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty.
Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, made a campaign stop at Taylor Allderdice High School Saturday.
More than two dozen police officers were recognized at Friday’s Amen Corner John Heinz law enforcement awards luncheon.
Pennsylvania’s top election official insists elections in this state are not rigged.
The first of two debates in Pennsylvania’s hotly contested Senate race has begun with accusations of dishonesty between Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty.
KDKA Exclusive: Former Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright Encourages Clinton Volunteers In Brookline
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with Clinton supporters in Brookline and spoke about the importance of the upcoming election in an exclusive interview with KDKA-TV Political Editor Jon Delano.
Chelsea Clinton is expected in Pittsburgh to campaign for her mom, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering have developed a new way to deliver medical treatment to the body.
McDonald’s says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise.
On Friday Governor Wolf and Margaret Watson of the Hill District symbolically reconnected the Lower Hill District to the rest of the Hill.
First Niagara Bank branches will make the switch to KeyBank this weekend.
At least 300 supporters warmly greeted Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine to the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.
Hard apple cider — it dates back to Johnny Appleseed and was a colonial favorite. Now, it’s making a comeback.
On Tuesday, the Sheetz in Shippensburg, near Harrisburg, became the first convenience store in Pennsylvania to sell wine.
The home of the Pittsburgh Penguins is being renamed.