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.
Despite the objections of mayors like Pittsburgh’s Bill Peduto and Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter, the state legislature approved a bill backed by the National Rifle Association that opponents say will cost local taxpayers a lot of money.
Injury or death by airbag — it’s a significant claim that auto manufacturers are taking seriously, as a growing number of individuals are hurt like Stephanie Erdman who barely survived.
Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates are disagreeing over National Rifle Association-backed legislation that could unleash fresh court challenges to local gun-control laws in Pennsylvania.
As you drive along major thoroughfares in the Pittsburgh region, have you noticed something different this election season?
It seems hardly a day goes by without another killing in Pittsburgh.
Questions are being raised about how health officials are handling Ebola cases in the United States.
Despite the tragedy of last Monday, local residents know that Hazelwood is a whole lot more than police tape, shootings and death.
Those who have experienced the painful deaths of loved ones understand why Brittany Maynard wants to end her life on her own terms in Oregon, as she recounts in her own video about the pills that will take her young life before the brain cancer does.
Did the late Thomas Eric Duncan enter the United States under false pretenses, covering up his exposure to Ebola in Liberia to customs officials?
Carl Charnesky of Bethel Park was wounded in Vietnam decades ago, but it’s only now that he received the purple heart, thanks to the assistance of his congressman, Tim Murphy
Students in Aliquippa had the day off — except for the undefeated football team hard at practice.
Dairy Queen is just the latest victim of cybercrime, joining a growing list of six hundred companies including Target, Home Depot, Michaels and JPMorgan-Chase.
Gleaming twin tower office buildings could be the latest addition to the North Shore landscape, replacing a two-acre parking lot just opposite PNC Park between two Marriott hotels.
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced a large, national settlement with AT&T Mobility for a practice called “cramming.”
Married with two children, PA Sen. Tim Solobay — by all accounts — is an unlikely man to be caught up in a murder investigation.