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Jonathan W. Delano

Money & Politics Editor, KDKA-TV Columnist, Pittsburgh Business Times Adjunct Professor of Public Policy & Politics, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College

Think of a well-recognized, award-winning analyst in Pennsylvania who combines years of “inside experience” on Capitol Hill with the perspective of the private sector and life outside the Washington Beltway, and one name leads the list: Jon Delano.

After 14 years on Capitol Hill in Washington and over 20 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 April 2016, Jon was the first Pittsburgh television reporter to interview both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Primary, and he also interviewed Vice President Biden in the White House in May 2016.

Jon reported from both the 2016 Republican & Democratic presidential conventions this July. At the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Jon was the only TV reporter from Pennsylvania given an exclusive one-on-one interview with Vice Presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. And following the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, Jon had an exclusive one-on-one interview with both Secretary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine.

In March 2011, Jon became the first Pennsylvania television reporter to interview President Obama in the White House, and he was invited back in March 2012 for a second interview. That interview, which featured comments from the President on Afghanistan, became the lead story on CBS Evening News.

In the last presidential campaign, Jon had a sit-down television interview in July 2012 with Gov. Mitt Romney, after interviewing him twice in the 2008 campaign, and in August 2012, Jon became the first Pennsylvania television reporter to interview the GOP vice presidential candidate, Cong. (now House Speaker) Paul Ryan. That interview made national news broadcasts when Ryan discussed his views on abortion and rape. During the 2012 campaign, Jon also interviewed Mrs. Obama, Mrs. Romney, and Dr. Jill Biden.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Jon was the first Pennsylvania television reporter to interview Barack Obama and has now had eight TV interviews with him. 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.

He also interviewed Hillary Clinton six times in the 2008 Democratic primary and interviewed Republican nominee John McCain twice, and vice presidential nominees Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.

A trial lawyer by training, Jon worked behind the scenes as chief of staff to former Congressman Doug Walgren, serving as president of the U.S. House Chiefs of Staff Association in the mid-1980s. His firsthand Washington experience led to his appointment in 1995 as an adjunct professor of politics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz School of Public Policy & Management. His graduate school courses include such topics as money and politics, legislative policy making, public policy implementation, media and public policy, and campaign management. Jon also writes a monthly column for the Pittsburgh Business Times.

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 local area 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.

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 and in a variety of Diocesan and Parish positions.

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 for governor and U.S. Senate and many local debates and forums for Mayor of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Executive, Congress, and the PA General Assembly.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Jon and his wife Jane and their two college-age children live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, two blocks from where he grew up.

Courses Taught

  • 90-778 - Media And Public Policy
  • 90-726 - Money & Politics

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