Jon Delano is the Money & Politics Editor for KDKA-TV (CBS) in Pittsburgh, columnist for the Pittsburgh Business Times, and a contributing writer to Pittsburgh Magazine. As Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Politics, his graduate school courses at the Heinz College include such topics as money and politics, legislative policy making, public policy implementation, media and public policy, and campaign management.
After 14 years on Capitol Hill in Washington and about the same number of years on local television, Jon Delano has developed a solid reputation as the guy in Pennsylvania to turn to for even-handed on-air analysis of political and governmental events and for a quick quip or sound bite on what exactly it all means to the average citizen. A political analyst for KDKA-TV (CBS) since 1994, Jon became the station's first Money & Politics Editor in September 2001. In addition to daily reporting on government, politics, and economic issues, he also hosts a Sunday morning public affairs program called “The Sunday Business Page".
As one of Pennsylvania's respected commentators, Jon is recognized for his ability to analyze complex issues and make them understandable to any audience. Having worked in both government and the private business world, practiced law, reported on radio and television, written extensively, and taught at the graduate school level, Jon's combined experiences allow him to speak with some authority about governmental, political, and economic issues.
In March 2011, Jon became the first Pennsylvania television reporter to interview President Obama in the White House. In 2008, Jon was also the first Pennsylvania television reporter to interview Barack Obama on the campaign trail and over the year had six TV interviews with him. He has also interviewed Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. Jon covered the Inauguration in Washington, D.C. At the final G-20 summit press conference in Pittsburgh in September 2009, Jon was the only local reporter called on by the President to ask a question.
A trial lawyer by training, Jon worked behind the scenes as chief of staff to former Congressman Doug Walgren from 1977 to 1991, serving as president of the U.S. House Chiefs of Staff Association in the mid-1980s. He began his media career in 1991, first working for WTAE Radio and then KDKA-TV in 1994.
In 2011, Jon won an Edward R. Murrow Award for the best 'hard news story' in Pennsylvania, New York & New Jersey. In 2007, he won the Small Business Journalist Champion of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2003, Jon was presented the “Good Government Award” from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh for his work in helping the public understand governmental issues. He has won two Golden Quill awards, two Robert L. Vann awards from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, a Matrix honorable mention from the Women in Communications, and the Clarity Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association for being a lawyer who can write in plain English.
Jon is recognized statewide as a frequent guest on Pennsylvania Cable Network’s (PCN) “Journalists Roundtable,” and is heard often on KDKA Radio, the nation’s first station to broadcast election returns in the 1920 presidential race. He appears frequently on talk shows on KDKA Radio, and he has subbed for various talk show hosts on that station.
A graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh (Year V), Jon is a frequent lecturer to subsequent classes. Jon’s law colleagues have elected him three times to the Board of Governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association (1999, 2002, and 2007). He has served on many non-profit boards, and he is also active in his church as a lay Eucharistic minister.
Jon moderates and facilitates seminars, candidate debates, and programs and speaks on governmental and political issues to many civic, business, and labor groups. His reputation as an even-handed, non-partisan political analyst has led to his selection as a moderator and panelist for many candidate debates, including statewide debates between Dan Onorato, Tom Corbett and others (PA Governor, 2010), Ed Rendell and Lynn Swann (PA Governor, 2006), Ed Rendell, Mike Fisher, and Bob Casey (PA Governor, 2002), Bob Casey and Rick Santorum (U.S. Senate, 2006), and Rick Santorum and Ron Klink (U.S. Senate, 2000) and many local debates and forums for Mayor of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Executive, Congress, and the PA General Assembly.
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., Haverford College