Cannon is a former trial lawyer in the downtown Pittsburgh law
firm of Robb, Leonard and Mulvihill. Mr. Cannon served as an associate
in the law firm before being elevated to partner in 1990. In the
fall of 1996, he took a leave of absence from his practice to
explore, and eventually secure, a career in sports publishing
and broadcasting. He serves as president and publisher of Pittsburgh
Sports Report, Inc., which is responsible for the publication
of Pittsburgh’s only sports newspaper, the Pittsburgh Sports
Report and KidSPORTS Magazine, A Parents’ Guide
For The Young Athlete As detailed below, Mr. Cannon has directly
performed and overseen numerous multi-media activities within
the company, including print, radio and television.
legal career (1984-1996), Mr. Cannon was primarily responsible
for the handling and management of extensive civil litigation
matters in state and federal courts through Pennsylvania, including
the following areas:
and personal litigation
o Business torts, contract disputes, injunctive
and declaratory actions and general liability insurance matters
o Products liability litigation
o Complex business, commercial and insurance matters,
including liability claims, insurance coverage, director and officer
insurance analysis and related litigation
o Personal injury, premises liability and motor
with the above, Mr. Cannon had extensive trial and courtroom experience,
including jury and non-jury trials, motion and brief preparation
and presentation, and state and federal court appeals. His extensive
civil discovery experience included conducting hundreds of depositions
(litigants, witnesses, experts and medical; video and non-video),
oversight and direction of investigation, and pre-trial matters
before the court, including arbitration, mediation and conciliation
clients included major/mid-major Pittsburgh-based and regional
companies, numerous national insurance/indemnity companies and
individuals. A significant aspect of Mr. Cannon’s practice
was client development and management; accordingly, substantial
commitment was made to client affairs and presentation of legal
issues to that client base. A highlight of Mr. Cannon’s
career included successful representation of the Major League
Baseball Players’ Alumni Association.
He was certified
to appear in all Pennsylvania state courts, including the Supreme
Court of Pennsylvania, and federal courts (United States District
Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; United States Court of
Appeals, Third Circuit). His affiliations included the Allegheny
County (PA), Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations .
Mr. Cannon and his brother,
Henry, co-founded the Pittsburgh Sports Report, an award-winning
monthly publication dedicated to Western Pennsylvania sports in
1996. The publication offers in-depth analysis, features and commentary
from notable Pittsburgh sports writers and national personalities.
The publication has been awarded Golden Quill Awards, nationally
judged competition rewarding excellence in journalism. Mr. Cannon
serves as publisher of the Report.
He managed expansion of
the company’s staff and office relocation in conjunction
with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern
Pennsylvania (RIDC), the region’s largest not-for-profit
economic development agency and developer of urban and suburban
office parks in the ten counties of southwestern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cannon has also served
as a columnist for the Beaver County Times, a leading Pittsburgh
suburban newspaper, during the professional football season. His
features offer insight, analysis and opinions as part of the newspaper’s
Pittsburgh Steelers’ in-season special coverage.
Mr. Cannon and his brother, Henry, began appearing on local and
regional radio as guests in 1997 and co-hosted regular sports
talk show programming as "The Cannon Brothers" at Pittsburgh's
ESPN Radio 1250 (and predecessors) between 1998 and January, 2004.
In January, 2004, Ellis began hosting the station's local sports
programming on "The Pittsburgh Sports Report with Ellis Cannon".
His weekend sports talk show was the market's #1 weekend talk
show and regularly rated at the top of the market’s most
desirable demographics. During that period, Mr. Cannon also co-hosted
national network programming for ESPN Radio and appeared on numerous
outlets regionally and around the country. He also served as the
weekday drive-time guest host and hosted golf, baseball and Pittsburgh
Steelers’ pre and post-game programming. He previously also
hosted Pittsburgh Panther and Pittsburgh Penguins related programming
at ESPN Radio 1250.
In January 2004, Mr. Cannon left ESPN Radio 1250 to become a
weekday sports talk show host on WPGB-FM (FM NewsTalk 104.7) in
Pittsburgh (Clearchannel Communications), the city’s first
and only FM newstalk station. He hosts “Ellis Cannon’s
Sportsline Pittsburgh” Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m.
– 8:00 p.m., discussing topical national and local issues
on the station’s exclusive weekday sports program, one of
only two local weekday programs on the station. The station’s
50,000 watt signal is one of the strongest in the Pittsburgh market
and enables wide regional listenership interaction through Pennsylvania,
Ohio and West Virginia.
In addition, Cannon served as the Sports Director and drive time
Sports Anchor for Fox Sports Radio 970 (970 AM), another Clearchannel
property, between January, 2004 into February, 2005. At that time,
Mr. Cannon’s responsibilities on WPGB-FM were expanded to
include production and airing of several drive time daily commentaries
heard during the Sean Hannity Show. Mr. Cannon’s evening
program is part of a daily on-air lineup including Rush Limbaugh,
Sean Hannity and Michael Savage.
Mr. Cannon’s weeknight program has been a significant contributing
factor to WPGB’s meteoric ratings and success since the
station’s onset. As of the fall, 2004, Mr. Cannon’s
Sportsline Pittsburgh broadcast became Pittsburgh’s #1 rated
evening sports radio program.
Mr. Cannon was also honored in 2004 as the recipient of an A.I.R.
Award for the “Best Evening Show on a Sports, Talk or Personality
Beginning with the 2004 NFL season, Mr. Cannon assumed on-air
game day responsibilities on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ radio
broadcasts as the studio host of pre-game, in-game and post-game
coverage for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Football Network,
including on the Steelers’ flagship station, WDVE-FM, and
dozens of regional affiliates through Pennsylvania, Ohio, West
Virginia and Maryland. The Pittsburgh Steelers Football Network
is annually one of the most highly rated, listened to and successful
game day broadcasts in the National Football League.
In addition, Mr. Cannon is a television personality, appearing
regularly on Pittsburgh's top-rated sports talk television show,
“The #1 Cochran Sports Showdown” (CBS television affiliate,
KDKA-TV) for several years. He has also served as a college and
pro football expert for the local ABC television affiliate (WTAE-TV)
over the past several years.
Mr. Cannon also serves has also served on numerous occasions
as a contributor and analyst on Fox News Channel and Court TV
for topical sports and law issues since 2004.
Mr. Cannon’s extensive community, non-profit and charity
work includes making appearances and serving as spokesperson/honorary
chairperson on behalf of the United Way of Allegheny County, Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation, Myasthenia Gravis Association, the Arthritis
Foundation, the Pittsburgh Mercy Foundation and others. He also
makes appearances and serves as a host and master of ceremony
for numerous corporate functions through the region and was a
feature speaker at the February 2003 annual Dapper Dan Banquet,
a long-time and prestigious event honoring local, regional and
national sports personalities and athletes.
Mr. Cannon has been married
since 1985 to his wife, Yvonne, and is the father of three sons.
He and his family live in Pittsburgh. He was born on March 28,
Mr. Cannon was an honors
graduate from the University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1981) and obtained
his legal degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law