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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Fiat Chrysler moved quickly to recall 1.4 million vehicles equipped with certain Internet and radio software that can be hacked by outsiders.


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Congress Moves To Increase Size Of Trucks On U.S. Roads

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Aldi Opens First Of 9 Old Bottom Dollar Stores

When Bottom Dollar closed its doors, many worried at the loss of the low-priced discount grocery store.


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President Obama Speaks At VFW Convention, Honors Chattanooga Victims

President Barack Obama arrived in Pittsburgh Tuesday to speak at the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national convention, and honored slain service members killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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Veterans Take Issue With Donald Trump’s Comments About Sen. McCain

About 12,000 combat veterans are in Pittsburgh for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention.


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Thousands Of VFW Combat Vets Gather In Wake Of Chattanooga Tragedy

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EXCLUSIVE: Kane Asserts Innocence & Intention To Fight Back

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Tell folks on the street that PennDOT is selling personal information on drivers, this reaction is common.


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Pennsylvania is set to phase out the rectangular registration stickers on license plates by the end of 2016, so long as the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) does not convince lawmakers to reverse legislation.


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FOP Tries To Reverse PennDOT Registration Sticker Phase-OUT

Pennsylvania is set to phase out the rectangular registration stickers on license plates by the end of 2016, so long as the Federal Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) does not convince lawmakers to reverse legislation.


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Pittsburgh Promise Scales Back To Extend Years of Service

The Pittsburgh Promise has come a long way since first announced, but scholarship cuts threaten its legacy.


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In Pittsburgh, Wolf Seeks Public Help To Get Budget Through Harrisburg

Governor Tom Wolf pressed the flesh with North Hills school officials as he worked to distinguish his state budget proposal from the Republican budget he vetoed.


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Budget Deadlock Approaching 3rd Week With No Talks Planned

No negotiations between the Wolf administration and leaders of the Legislature’s Republican majority are scheduled as Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate approaches its third week.


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Another Bird Flu Casualty: Rita’s Pulls Frozen Custard

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