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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. Prosecutor: Central Jersey Woman Admits Videotaping Sex Assault On Drugged Toddler

    Prosecutor: Central Jersey Woman Admits Videotaping Sex Assault On Drugged Toddler

    A woman from Monmouth County pleaded guilty on Friday to charges she planned and participated in the sexual assault of a sleeping toddler in 2017, authorities said.Olga Diaz, 34, of Long Branch, pleaded guilty before Monmouth County Presiding Criminal Judge David F. Bauman to two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of ...

  2. Report: Former South Jersey Police Chief Arrested For Strangling Woman

    Report: Former South Jersey Police Chief Arrested For Strangling Woman

    A retired police chief from Gloucester County has been arrested on charges including aggravated assault for allegedly strangling a woman and threatening to kill her in an alleged domestic violence incident, according to media reports. Franklin S. Brown Jr., 53, of Glassboro retired from the police force in 2019 and most recently worked as administrator of the city of Woodbury, a ...

  3. OOPS: Trenton's Top Engineer Bares Belly For Snack Break On Zoom

    OOPS: Trenton's Top Engineer Bares Belly For Snack Break On Zoom

    Photos of a Trenton city employee flashing his naked belly while eating snacks in bed during a live-streamed public meeting on Zoom are going viral on social media.Hoggarth Stephen, Trenton's top engineer, was propped up on pillows when he lifted his shirt and placed his cellphone on his abdomen, then reached for a snack, according to video of the incident published in a report by NJ ...

  4. UPDATE: State Police ID Dump Truck Passenger Killed In I-295 Tractor-Trailer Collision

    UPDATE: State Police ID Dump Truck Passenger Killed In I-295 Tractor-Trailer Collision

    UPDATED: State police have identified the passenger of a dump truck who was killed in a collision with a multi-vehicle crash in South Jersey on Tuesday.Gary W. Shute, 75, of Pedricktown in Salem County was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a state police spokesman. The crash occurred at 2:51 p.m. on Tuesday on I-295 southbound in Deptford Township, Gloucester, ...

  5. State Police Investigate Fatal Crash In Camden County

    State Police Investigate Fatal Crash In Camden County

    An unidentified motorist was killed in a  crash along Route 42 in Camden County, authorities said.The vehicle was southbound near Exit 7B in Gloucester Township about 3 p.m. on Thursday when it veered off the road, struck several trees and overturned, trapping the driver, state police said.The driver was pronounced dead at the scene near milepost 7.4.  The driver had not.been ...

  6. Trenton Police Called To Multiple Shooting

    Trenton Police Called To Multiple Shooting

    An unidentified man was shot multiple times on Thursday evening in Trenton, authorities said.Gunfire rang out at 6:54 p.m. on Laclede Avenue.EMS crews rushed the man to a local medical center, where he was listed in serious  condition, police said.The victim was hit in his back while he was in front of 21 Laclede Ave., according to Detective Captain Peter Weremijenko. He is ...

  7. South Jersey Man Gets 12 Years State Prison For Sex Attack On Woman In Alley

    South Jersey Man Gets 12 Years State Prison For Sex Attack On Woman In Alley

    A 29-year-old man from South Jersey has been sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey state prison for sexually assaulting a woman in a Burlington City alley, authorities said. John T. Lewis of Browns Mills, who pleaded guilty in February to first-degree aggravated sexual assault, must serve 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole, according to Burlington County ...

  8. Body Identified In Suspicious Mercer County Death

    Body Identified In Suspicious Mercer County Death

    UPDATED: Authorities have identified the man found dead on a sidewalk on Wednesday in Mercer County.The victim has been identified as James McQuillar, 86, of Trenton, according to The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.An iInvestigation into his cause of death is ongoing.At about 8 a.m., Ewing police responded to the parking lot of Capitol Plaza, 1500 N. Olden Ave., on a report ...

  9. Police: Toms River Man Head-Butted, Spit Blood At Officers After Flooding Jail Cell

    Police: Toms River Man Head-Butted, Spit Blood At Officers After Flooding Jail Cell

    A 28-year-old man from Toms River facing multiple charges after assaulting police officers at Jackson Township police headquarters and an area hospital, authorities said. The mayhem began on Wednesday when Ralph Lezin is accused of repeatedly calling and then puncturing the tires of an ex-girlfriends tires at Pineview Apartments on West County Line Road, police ...

  10. Car Slams Into Tree Off I-195 On Jersey Shore

    Car Slams Into Tree Off I-195 On Jersey Shore

    State police, firefighters and EMS crews were called to a serious crash on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The crash occurred at 1:21 p.m. on Interstate-195 eastbound at mile-marker 22.2 in Jackson Township, according to a state trooper.. The vehicle went off the interstate and struck a tree, Trooper Alejandro Goez said. Two serious injuries were reported, Goez ...

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