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Jon Craig

Content Producer jcraig@dailyvoice.com

Pleasantville native Jon Craig is special editor for the Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess Daily Voice sites. He is also the primary reporter for Daily Voice Plus Politics in Westchester and Fairfield.

Jon graduated from Cornell University and received his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Across a 35-year career, he's worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Chicago, New York, Ohio & Washington, D.C and as managing editor for weekly newspapers in Rye, White Plains and Harrison.

Jon also writes periodically for the Cornell Chronicle.

Career Highlights:

  • -- Covered Metro-North train wreck that killed a motorist and five commuters, 2015
  • -- Researched state investigative project for PublicIntegrity.org, 2011-12
  • -- National MADD award for database analysis of repeat drunk drivers in Ohio, 2008.
  • -- Henry F. Guggenheim Fellow, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2010.
  • -- Sentenced to jail for protecting confidential sources (won on appeal), 1999.
  • -- Broke 30th anniversary story about Kent State shootings — using FBI records, resurrecting theory a student informant triggered fatal National Guard volley, May 2000.
  • -- Covered Ground Zero after Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.
  • -- Uncovered voting problems before & during presidential recount in Ohio, 2004.
  • -- Witnessed botched Death Row execution of Romell Broom in 2009, one of more than a dozen I covered; Wrote about three inmates whose death sentences were commuted to life without parole.
  • -- Won IRE, SDX and multiple national & state awards for series led by Erik Kriss investigating New York General Assembly. 1994.
  • -- Guest lecturer at universities in NY & Ohio. Taught Syracuse high school journalism class.
  • -- Co-authored IRE-award winning series on illegal restraints/beatings at juvenile detention centers. Gov. Mario Cuomo had NY inspector general confirm what Hart Seely and I found at Division for Youth & fired top directors, 1993.
  • -- Survived Air Force Kool School training at North Pole, 1996.
  • -- Covered Persian Gulf wars, including 2002 bomb missions from Turkey, and stateside Army/Air Guard training. 1991.
  • -- Supervised overnight coverage of Pan Am Flight 103 after Libyan bomb killed 35 Syracuse University students over Lockerbie, Scotland, 1988.
  • -- Covered aftermath of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s fatal plane crash from Cape Cod, 1999.
  • -- Greeted Kurt Vonnegut Jr. as Cornell Sun sports editor during daily's 100th anniversary dinner in May 1980. 

Jon Craig's Contributions

  1. Jackson Man Pleads Guilty, Says Friend’s Mom Organized Long Branch Murders

    Jackson Man Pleads Guilty, Says Friend’s Mom Organized Long Branch Murders

    A former Long Branch woman enlisted her son and his friend to murder her daughter more than 25 years ago and, months later, enticed them with the promise of insurance money to kill her husband, a Jackson man told a judge, according to a published report.Jose Carrero, 48, of Jackson, pleaded guilty before state Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor to two counts of conspiracy ...

  2. Philly Man Faces Life In Prison, Convicted Of 130K Robbery Of AT&T Store In Ocean Township

    Philly Man Faces Life In Prison, Convicted Of 130K Robbery Of AT&T Store In Ocean Township

    A Philadelphia man has been convicted of robbing an AT&T store in Ocean Township at gunpoint, authorities said.Anthony Clark, 42, was found guilty of his crimes Thursday by a jury in state Superior Court in Freehold, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said Friday. After a five-week trial, Clark was convicted on charges of first-degree armed robbery, ...

  3. Brick Police Arrest Pair On Multiple Drug Charges

    Brick Police Arrest Pair On Multiple Drug Charges

    Two people were arrested on multiple drug charges on Tuesday in Brick, police said.About 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Brick police observed a driver commit several motor vehicle offenses near Cedar Bridge Avenue and Route 70.K-9 officer Scott Smith and his K-9 partner Echo conducted a sniff search of the vehicle during which the police dog provided a positive indication for the ...

  4. Lakewood Man Charged With Lewdness Outside Adult Entertainment Bookstore

    Lakewood Man Charged With Lewdness Outside Adult Entertainment Bookstore

    A 42-year-old Lakewood man was arrested outside an adult entertainment bookstore on drug and lewdness charges, police said.Omar Aragon Mendoza was arrested about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday outside of the Pleasure Zone adult bookstore located at 235 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick police said.Mendoza reportedly was observed by police in the parking lot exit his vehicle with his ...

  5. Howell Police Arrest Pair Of Suspected Valentine's Day Bandits

    Howell Police Arrest Pair Of Suspected Valentine's Day Bandits

    A Howell Township couple who, police say, spent their Valentine's Day evening ransacking cars in the Toscana neighborhood has been arrested.One of the alleged partners in crime turned herself in Tuesday. Police said they tracked down the male suspect on Friday.On the night of Feb. 14 and early morning of Feb. 15, several vehicles were entered and valuables were stolen off of Fort ...

  6. Galloway Woman, 56, killed, Little Egg Harbor Driver Hurt In Head-On Collision

    Galloway Woman, 56, killed, Little Egg Harbor Driver Hurt In Head-On Collision

    A 56-year-old woman was killed and three others were injured in a head-on accident in Galloway, police said.Laila Marak of Galloway was attempting to turn left from southbound Route 9 into the Leeds Point Shoppes when her car collided with a northbound SUV, Galloway police said.Marak was brought to AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City where she was pronounced dead.The ...

  7. Ocean Township Burglary Suspect Arrested In Deal

    Ocean Township Burglary Suspect Arrested In Deal

    An Ocean Township man was charged with attempted burglary after police said he was seen trying to break into an Oakhurst home through the rear door then fleeing on a bicycle.A caller alerted police to the attempted break-in about 1:40 p.m. Thursday, providing what authorities said was a detailed description of the suspect, police said.The suspect was last seen riding a bicycle down ...

  8. Driver In Sports Car Stolen From Spring Lake Driveway Lead Police In Parkway Pursuit

    Driver In Sports Car Stolen From Spring Lake Driveway Lead Police In Parkway Pursuit

    Police chased a white sports car that was reported stolen early Friday in Monmouth County.A car reported stolen out in Spring Lake was spotted about 2 a.m.The suspects were attempting to enter unlocked cars parked in Holmdel driveways, police said.A stolen white sports car was spotted by police on Cross Run Road near Huntley Road. When Holmdel police attempted to stop the car, its ...

  9. Arrest Made For White Supremacist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti;  Second Suspect Sought In Jackson

    Arrest Made For White Supremacist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti; Second Suspect Sought In Jackson

    An Ocean County woman was arrested and a second person is being sought in connection with the spray-painting of a swastika and other anti-Semitic graffiti on a business in Jackson, police said.Virginia Mailloux, 40, of Jackson, was arrested at her home on Thursday and charged with criminal mischief, trespassing and bias intimidation, Jackson police said.Mailloux is accused of painting ...

  10. Everything Must Go: LBI Department Store Hand's Shutters After 70 Years

    Everything Must Go: LBI Department Store Hand's Shutters After 70 Years

    After nearly 70 years in business, a highly popular Jersey Shore department and convenience store plans to close this spring.Hand’s, on Long Beach Island, is set to close for good in early April. However, an official closing date for the store at 1310 Long Beach Blvd., in Beach Haven has not been set.The owner of Hand’s is reportedly retiring and sold the property, according to ...

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