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.
An extended family of Syrian immigrants have returned to Pennsylvania more than a week after they were detained at Philadelphia International Airport amid President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Nordstrom says it will stop selling Ivanka Trump clothing and accessories.
Local residents are complaining that they cannot get through to Senator Pat Toomey’s offices by phone.
Judge Neil Gorsuch made his first trip to Capitol Hill to meet Republican Majority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro has led 16 other state attorneys general to condemn President Trump’s action to close America temporarily to refugees from certain Muslim-majority nations.
Pennsylvania’s Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration was too broad and poorly explained.
Move over Mayor Bill Peduto.
It’s one of the most special occasions in anyone’s life — when family and friends gather to celebrate the union of two people.
The budget deficit is affecting how much Pennsylvania can give to its state-owned universities.
A federal judge in Pittsburgh could be President Donald Trump’s pick to fill a vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court.
The Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania is selling more than half their girls camps and over 1,500 acres of pristine woodlands.
Monday, Jan. 23, is the first day that the Internal Revenue Service begins to process those tax returns due from all of us on April 15.
A dozen top manufacturing business leaders gathered at the White House on Monday morning to meet with President Trump.
Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. He’s just taken the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol.
In front of a crowd of about sixty supporters in Murrysville, PA Sen. Scott Wagner of York County made it official.