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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President Barack Obama welcomed his successor, Donald Trump, to the White House, today.


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For the last 18 months, political pollsters said Donald Trump never had a chance. So how did the pollsters get it so wrong?


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Analysis: Trump’s Road To White House Went Through Pa.

Compared to 2012, some 200,000 more Pennsylvanians turned out to vote this year, bringing the total number of voters to just under 6 million.


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Donald Trump Draws Big Crowd In Moon Twp. Days Before Election

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was back in the Pittsburgh area just days before Election Day.


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Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Pittsburgh Just Days Before Election

With just a few days to go before election day, the race is tight.


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Ballot Question To Raise Judges’ Retirement Age Under Attack

Should the state constitution be amended to change the mandatory retirement age for all judges from 70 to 75?


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Primary Opponent Gets Second Crack At Incumbent Congressman

Art Halvorson came within a thousand votes of defeating long-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in the Republican primary.


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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can’t seem to get enough of us here in southwestern Pennsylvania, proving this state is must-win for both of them.


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Pa. Attorney General Candidates Face Off In Pittsburgh Debate

Attorney General candidates Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican John Rafferty squared off at Point Park University on Wednesday at a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters and moderated by KDKA political editor Jon Delano.


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Gov. Pence Makes Campaign Stop In Westmoreland County

Donald Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, made a campaign stop in Westmoreland County Tuesday afternoon.


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6-Figure Salaries Are Very Real For Just 2 Years Of College

Let’s face it — a four-year college education is not for everyone.


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Giant Eagle Cuts 350 Jobs From Its Corporate Office

Saying it faces a challenging food retail climate, Giant Eagle has cut hundreds of employees in its corporate offices.


COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at Ohio State University on October 10, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. A day after the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Michigan and Ohio. (Photo by Maddie McGarvey/Getty Images)

FBI Investigating New Emails For Classified Information

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has notified Congress it will investigate new emails found in probe of Clinton’s private server.


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Bill Clinton Campaigns For His Wife In Pennsylvania

Former President Bill Clinton was in Pennsylvania on Friday to stump for his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.




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