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.
For years, students have had to choose either the college track or the job track, but with advances in educational programs, they can now have the best of both worlds.
Pennsylvania’s long budget stalemate could soon make it impossible for dozens of school districts to get another loan to stay open.
A day in Harrisburg sometimes feels like eternity, especially when trying to get to the bottom of why state lawmakers can’t agree on a state budget.
The Pennsylvania Senate sprinted through hundreds of pages of just-unveiled budget legislation Thursday, handing it back to the House Republican majority and all but ensuring that a five-month stalemate that is crippling social services agencies would blow into next week.
In the partisan budget stalemate, legislators seem to have forgotten some victims — school children.
Some Western Pennsylvania school districts say they may not reopen after the Christmas break if the state budget impasse continues.
The Pittsburgh Public Market is being forced out of its location in the Strip District.
On Monday, the Republican-controlled PA Senate passed a bi-partisan $30.8 billion state budget that Governor Wolf says he will sign.
Retired Local FBI Agent Says Media Frenzy At Terrorists’ Apartment Not Likely To Compromise Investigation
It was an admittedly wild scene as the media was given its first access to the leased home of Sayed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, the seemingly normal young couple turned terrorists.
Speaking at the African American Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf was cautiously optimistic.
Call it a ticket tax — a seven percent sales tax on tickets you purchase to any of Pittsburgh’s performing arts — the ballet, the symphony, the opera, dance, musical events, or a favorite play.
Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called “Cyber Monday.” But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster.
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day that last year attracted 88 million shoppers to locally owned retailers.
What a difference a few weeks make.
Right now it’s a hole in the ground with dirt movers, but the Meadows in Washington County is thinking big for 2016.