Johnna A. Pro is a 1982 graduate of Charleroi High School. Four years later, she earned a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Following graduation, she began writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. During an 18-year career with the paper, Johnna covered every major breaking story in Western Pennsylvania.
Her awarding-winning writing was recognized at the local, state and national levels. Along with her colleagues, she was the co-author of “All Nine Alive,” a book that told the story of the Quecreek Mine Disaster.
In addition to reporting, Johnna was an adjunct professor of journalism at Point Park University, where she taught all levels of journalism for more than a decade.
In 2005, she left the paper and teaching for a career in government service and politics. She served Governor Edward G. Rendell’s administration as Director of Communications to the former Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll. In 2007, she was named Press Secretary to Pennsylvania House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans. In that role, she served as the state house’s chief spokeswoman to the media on the state’s budget and related public policy matters.
Johnna returned to Pittsburgh in 2011 and resumed her media career, writing for magazines and on-line publications, and working as a talk radio show host at KDKA Radio and The Union Edge Radio. Over the years, she has appeared regularly as a political commentator on TV stations locally and statewide including WQED’s popular public affairs show “4802.”
Last year, Johnna accepted a position as Southwest Regional Director for the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development. In that role she leads a team of professionals dedicated to the prospect of rebuilding communities in nine counties in Western Pennsylvania.
In her spare time, Johnna is an accomplished actress with credits throughout theaters in the regions. She also is a member of the SAG-Aftra and most recently appeared in the movie “Love the Coopers.”