Jon Delano

delano jon web 2015 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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Republican Leader Says Budget Framework Is Dead, Let’s Get Talking Again

KDKA political editor Jon Delano spoke to House Majority Leader Dave Reed to find out what’s going on with the state budget.


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Pa. House Votes To Tweak Education Funding Distribution

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Tuesday to stop Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s use of a formula that targets extra subsidy money for school districts hardest-hit by past spending cuts, charging that he lacks that authority.


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Powerball Jackpot Increases Again To $1.5B On Strong Sales

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Century III Owners Insist They Haven’t Given Up On The Mall

When Century III Mall went into receivership several years ago, the mall seemed to be practically empty.


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Republicans Reject Wolf’s Characterization Of Them On Budget Impasse

At a luncheon of the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), state legislators responded to Gov. Tom Wolf’s attack on them for failing to pass a compromise budget before the holidays.


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Governor Visits Alpha Lab Gear To See Latest Entrepreneurial Inventions

Gov. Tom Wolf dropped by Innovation Work’s Alpha Lab Gear in East Liberty on Thursday to praise the work of Pittsburgh’s young entrepreneurs.


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Gov. Wolf Has Strong Words About GOP House Leaders While Visiting Pittsburgh

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