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.
Democrat Tom Wolf toured the makeover of the old Connelly Trade School on Thursday afternoon, a conventional campaign event for someone who, admittedly, doesn’t come across as very political.
Pittsburgh’s City Council voted preliminarily on Wednesday to go forward with an Act 47 recovery plan that includes the possibility of a property tax hike for city property owners.
As part of their Act 47 financial recovery plan, City Council has approved a proposal from Councilman Corey O’Connor that could ultimately affect everyone who uses one of the city’s new meters for parking — varying the hourly rate in the same spot to attract more cars to park.
President Obama was in Pittsburgh again today for his third visit to the area just this year.
President Obama is making his third trip to Pittsburgh this year alone.
Like thousands of taxpayers, Alan Siger of Shadyside paid his city income taxes on time and then noticed something peculiar, he told KDKA money editor Jon Delano.
A multi-million dollar upgrade to Excela Health’s Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant is an economic boost to southern Westmoreland and northern Fayette Counties.
A crowd of Bloomfield residents — including Sue Sciullo, mother of slain police officer Paul Sciullo — showed up at a Pittsburgh Zoning Appeal Board hearing Thursday afternoon to object to something, they say, UPMC concealed in their original plans to build a 1,000-space parking garage in their neighborhood.
Public corruption is no stranger to this state, whether it’s Republicans like former Pennsylvania Sen. Jane Orie and House Speaker John Perzel or Democrats like former Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Veon and House Speaker Bill DeWeese.
Gov. Tom Corbett says he plans to meet with officials from western Pennsylvania’s biggest insurer, Highmark, and its dominant hospital system, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Signing an executive order Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama stretched out the repayment of federal student loans — capping repayments at 10 percent of monthly income — and he called on Congress to do more to help.
This campaign event for Gov. Tom Corbett didn’t go exactly as planned.
A survey of the financial condition of Pennsylvania’s public schools shows a discouraging pattern of property-tax increases, cutbacks in school programs and employee layoffs.
Consol Energy Center is only a few years old, but this week’s heavy rains are creating some problems at the building.
Last February, Jenette and Adam Johnson of Uniontown were the first of many to contact KDKA-TV about skyrocketing electricity rates.