Jon 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.
Gov. Wolf Submits Budget, Calls For Marcellus Shale Tax, Minimum Wage Hike, Fee For Those Using State Troopers
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s forthcoming budget plan will rely on improving tax collections and a Marcellus Shale natural gas tax to put more money into Pennsylvania’s public schools, skills training, opioid-addiction prevention and social services.
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Pittsburgh Brewing Company, founded in 1861 and best known for Iron City Beer and IC Light, is back under local Pittsburgh ownership.
PPG Paints Arena is the site of an unusual construction trades career workshop this Saturday.
Toys R Us is planning to shutter more than 180 of its stores in the United States, including four in the Pittsburgh region.
Two Harrisburg think-tanks say it’s time for the “Pennsylvania Promise,” which would help students afford to go to college.
With 203 state House members — the largest full-time legislature in the nation — some thought lawmakers would never allow a vote by the public to reduce the size of Pennsylvania’s legislature.
Medical marijuana is now legal in Pennsylvania under state law, says state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, even if U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims it’s illegal under federal law.
In a very short two-page opinion, the state Supreme Court struck down the current configuration of the state’s 18 congressional districts as, “clearly, plainly, and palpably in violation of the state Constitution.”
Some residents are getting tax bills claiming they owe wage taxes to a local municipality. But here’s the catch, the taxes claimed to be owed are decades old.
President Donald Trump is set to visit a North Fayette company during a visit to western Pennsylvania on Thursday.
A gay couple is suing printing company Vistaprint after allegedly opening their wedding programs only to find hate-filled pamphlets instead.
President Trump will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday, visiting H&K Equipment company in North Fayette.
A movie theater in Dormont whose owners were prepared to sell it to those who would shut its doors has a new lease on life.
Pittsburgh business attorney Laura Ellsworth, running for governor, wants you to know several things about her.