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Jon Delano

delano Jon DelanoJon Delano is a familiar face on KDKA-TV, having been the station’s political analyst since 1994.

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.

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Pittsburgh Woman Gets Private Meeting With President

Kim Francis, of Squirrel Hill, was surprised when she and her parents, Judy and Mike Sparlin, were invited to hear the president and vice president speak at CCAC on Wednesday. But that was just the start.

04/17/2014

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Bakery Square Development Continues Resurgence Of East Liberty

Not exactly in unison but united nonetheless, developers and community leaders broke ground on a $120 million development on what was once the Reizenstein School on Penn Avenue in East Liberty.

04/17/2014

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Obama, Biden Unveil Job Training Grant Program

The president and vice president of the United States visited Pittsburgh today, putting the city in the spotlight once again.

04/16/2014

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Heinz Offers Buyout To All Local Employees, Prompting Concerns About Future Here

Nothing says Pittsburgh like HJ Heinz, but the company’s new Brazilian owners – 3G Capital — have replaced the company’s management team with primarily Brazilians.

04/14/2014

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Is It Legal To Flash Headlights To Warn Drivers Of Speed Traps?

If you’re like many, you’ve probably been speeding down the interstate, and suddenly, a Good Samaritan flicks his lights at you.

04/11/2014

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Allegheny County Unveils New Alert System

Rapid fire communication via texts and emails on a cell phone is a hallmark of Generation X and the Millennials, those born between 1965 and 1995.

04/10/2014

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Deal Collapses To Preserve Pristine Land In Richland Twp.

For years it was an eyesore in Richland Township, rusting greenhouses on the site of the former Pittsburgh Cut Flowers.

04/04/2014

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Columbia Gas Bills To Rise Despite Stable Gas Supplies

In television ads, Columbia Gas is telling customers about an upgrade in its natural gas pipelines across Pennsylvania.

04/02/2014

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Do Higher PennDOT Fees, Gas Tax Hikes Violate Governor’s Campaign Pledge?

When Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 89, the Transportation Funding Bill, last November, it meant a hike in the gasoline tax and other PennDOT fees that are being phased in over the next couple years.

04/01/2014

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PennDOT Fees Go Up Again To Fund Roads, Bridges & Transit

If you thought the gasoline tax hike in Pennsylvania on Jan. 1 was the last of the tax increases associated with the Transportation Funding Bill — well, think again.

04/01/2014

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Peduto: Split Verdict In Miles Civil Case Reflective Of Public’s View

With both Jordan Miles and the three Pittsburgh Police officers claiming a win after Monday’s split jury verdict, Mayor Bill Peduto played it down the middle.

04/01/2014

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Pro-Marijuana Supporters Rally In Pa. Capitol

A few hundred people who want the state to change its marijuana laws are taking their campaign to the Pennsylvania Capitol.

03/31/2014

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DeWeese To Be Released From Jail, While Veon Continues To Serve Time

Bill DeWeese — once the top Democrat in the state House of Representatives — will be released from prison Sunday afternoon.

03/28/2014

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Turnpike Toll Booths Could Be Replaced With All-Electronic Tolling

It’s often a long line nightmare at holidays — and a pain at almost every other time of year — but those cash-only toll booths on the Pennsylvania Turnpike could soon be history.

03/27/2014

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Gov. Corbett Meets Pope, Encourages Him To Visit Pa.

Last night, the Vatican canceled a private meeting Gov. Tom Corbett was scheduled to have with Pope Francis in Rome.

03/26/2014

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