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.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says some of those unlawfully in this country can pose a danger especially when arrested and released by local law enforcement.
Most school districts have some new young teachers who are excellent — and some senior teachers who are, well, just counting down to retirement.
At many banks, those long counters with tellers are disappearing.
Construction is underway at one end of the block along North Avenue on the North Side.
With gasoline prices still low, auto manufacturers report a real run this spring on less fuel efficient vehicles — like trucks and SUVs.
Most people work hard to scrimp and save for retirement, but how do some make it happen early?
Vice President Joe Biden says Donald Trump beat the odds when he became the presumptive Republican nominee for president and that “we all make a mistake if we don’t take [Trump] seriously.”
As school districts across the state struggle to adopt budgets for the next school year without help from Harrisburg, the talk of laying off teachers, cutting programs and raising local property taxes has gotten louder.
Remember all those Republican presidential debates?
Less than 12 hours after winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, Katie McGinty came under attack in a revolving door ad featuring an actress dressed up to look like McGinty.
Smart phones are everywhere and they can track our whereabouts, but how about a billboard that can track us when we are nearby with that same phone?
It took just five seconds for the Board of Directors of the Port Authority to approve.
If you’re one of the 423,000 natural gas customers of Columbia Gas in the region, brace yourself.
Nothing on the GOP ballot tells you which presidential candidate the delegate candidates support, which can be confusing for voters.
The race to replace Kathleen Kane as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is coming down to the wire.