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.
Move over blackjack. Stand aside poker, Forget the slots. A new card game invented locally may hit the casino soon.
So it’s the first weekend after the holidays — are you thinking spring and home remodeling projects?
New Year’s Day is one of Uncle Charley’s favorite holidays.
A local food warehouse is being investigated by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Jan. 1 starts a new relationship between Highmark’s insurance customers and UPMC, and it’s sometimes hard to sort out what it all means.
The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people.
Gift cards are very popular gifts – quick, easy and convenient presents for relatives. Chances are good you receive one or more this holiday.
It’s the flu season — so maybe it’s no surprise one particular pharmaceutical drug is in high demand — Tamiflu.
Shortly after Rocco, Pittsburgh’s slain K9, passed away, sculptor Susan Wagner offered to make a unique addition to the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial that she had originally designed on the North Shore.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — While thousands patronize independent theaters with the courage to show Sony’s ‘The Interview,’ strongly opposed by North Korea, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R/Butler) says Americans, theater owners and Sony are right to […]
Now that Christmas is over, you probably got something that you just can’t keep.
There’s something about the Strip District on Christmas Eve that makes thousands of people want to sing and shop, but it’s mostly about the food and tradition.
On the CBS reality show “Undercover Boss,” Mayor Bill Peduto handed out $155,000 to city employees he encountered when he went undercover.
The Salvation Army says they are well-behind their fundraising goal for the holiday season.
Most of the nation knows him as Marty, the tree cutter.