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.
Tom Wolf admits that he is — at this stage — unknown to most Pennsylvanians.
Bill Peduto is set to take the oath as Pittsburgh’s 60th mayor and a big change was also made this morning to City Council.
Chairs were set up in City Council chambers on Friday for Monday morning’s swearing in of a new city council — and it’s likely to be very different from past councils.
Preparations are getting finalized for Monday’s inaugural festivities of Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor has temporarily blocked a controversial part of Obamacare that affects the availability of contraceptives to women who work for Catholic-affiliated institutions.
Mayor-elect Bill Peduto has known him for years, but he’s not exactly well-known to the public. Attorney Kevin Acklin will soon be the city’s number two man — as Peduto’s chief of staff.
Over 1,200 citizens took part in drafting what Mayor-elect Bill Peduto calls a blue-print for the city, yielding 47 different reports on how to improve city services.
Last year, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and eight out of nine council members said it was time for Pittsburgh to end its financially distressed status under Act 47.
Target says debit card PIN numbers may have, in fact, been stolen as part of a massive theft of debit and credit card information from customers who used their cards at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.
It’s the day after Christmas — and many residents are still waiting for FedEx and UPS to deliver Christmas gifts.
It’s Christmas Eve and with the presents wrapped for most folks, it’s now all about the food.
Cars poured off the Parkway West ramp into the various shopping venues in Robinson Monday, as last minute shoppers tried to wrap up their Christmas purchases.
One Santa has been posing for pictures with children at the Mall at Robinson for 13 years — and most kids can’t wait to see Santa.
On Monday, Kylee Scott of Ford City was one of the students given 30 minutes notice that her school, Oakbridge Academy of the Arts, was closing its doors.
Customer information collected by the popular retailer Target has been hacked, according to a special alert on its website.