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.
With the help of several foundations and a big contribution from city and county taxpayers the August Wilson Center is now under new ownership.
The company who owns Bottom Dollar Food has sold the discount grocery chain to Aldi Inc.
Ask Gov. Tom Corbett why he lost reelection, and he has a pretty simple answer.
The polls have opened in Pennsylvania’s history-making race for governor.
The bank holding the delinquent mortgage on the debt-ridden August Wilson Center for African American Culture is now in control of the property following a sheriff’s sale on Monday.
Most Highmark subscribers will soon lose low-cost access to UPMC in a consent agreement Highmark agreed to.
When Home Depot discovered credit card and debit card information had been hacked from April to early September, one local bank — Dollar Bank — didn’t hesitate to act.
This election season is like every other in recent years — lots of campaign ads by the candidates — and other ads by outside interest groups with names like Reform PAC PA that mean nothing to anyone.
The resignation of state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery won’t come cheap to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.
Former president Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak at a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.
With just over eight weeks until Christmas, a new scam involving packages has hit the Internet, and quite possibly, your email.
It’s not easy being a police officer — often under siege by the bad guys and then sometimes criticized by those who second-guess their actions.
In recent years, Pittsburgh has become synonymous with filmmaking, as some of the great Hollywood studios come to this region to film some iconic shots that end up on the big screen.
It’s called spoofing.
It seems Gov. Tom Corbett hardly ever comes to town with an empty hand.