Jon Craig

Reporter

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

Innocent! Millville Daycare Worker Accused Of Abusing 4-Year-Old At Nap Time Found Not Guilty Innocent! Millville Daycare Worker Accused Of Abusing 4-Year-Old At Nap Time Found Not Guilty
Innocent! Millville Daycare Worker Accused Of Abusing 4-Year-Old At Nap Time Found Not Guilty A Cumberland County jury has found a daycare worker not guilty in an abuse and neglect case, authorities said. Claudia J. Smith-Heard, 51, of Millville, was accused of aggressive behavior to get a 4-year-old boy to take a nap on his first day of child care at Golden Gate center on Nov. 1, 2021, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Vineland police. A jury found Smith-Heard not guilty on all counts on Wednesday, Feb. 21 after a trial, according to Crystal Harris, criminal division manager. Smith-Heard had been charged on a summons with simple assault and child endangerment, a…
Crash Blocks Route 42 In Runnemede Crash Blocks Route 42 In Runnemede
Crash Blocks Route 42 In Runnemede A crash partially blocked Route 42 in Camden County, authorities said. The crash occurred at about 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 south of Exit 14 (Creek Road) in Runnemede, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Based on a preliminary investigation by New Jersey State troopers, a Honda minivan and Kia passenger vehicle were traveling northbound on Route 42 In the area of milepost 13.4. A collision occurred between the Honda and Kia, according to Det. Jeffrey Lebron, a State Police spokesman. There were no injuries reported, Lebron said.  Four left lanes of five la…
Westville's John F. Shover, Longtime Printer Loved His Cat 'Boots' Westville's John F. Shover, Longtime Printer Loved His Cat 'Boots'
Westville's John F. Shover, Longtime Printer Loved His Cat 'Boots' John F. Shover, of Westville, died on Thursday, Feb. 22, according to an obituary published by Farnelli Funeral Home. He was 57 years old. John worked for Evergreen Printing in Bellmawr for 30 years, according to his obituary. He enjoyed fishing, drinking his Budweiser, and watching sports, especially the Cowboys, his obit said. "John also had a love for his cat Boots," his obit said. He is survived by his siblings, Alma Fromal, Jeanne Paollili (Michael), Shirley Ball (the late Thomas), Mark Shover and JoAnn Becker. Click here to read John F. Shover's complete obituary. 
Multiple Weapons, Ammo Stolen From Urban Tactical Firearms Shop In Evesham: Police Multiple Weapons, Ammo Stolen From Urban Tactical Firearms Shop In Evesham: Police
Multiple Weapons, Ammo Stolen From Urban Tactical Firearms Shop In Evesham: Police Multiple firearms and ammunition were stolen from a gun outlet in South Jersey, authorities said. On Monday, Feb. 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Evesham police responded to Urban Tactical Firearms at 65 E. Route 70 for an activated burglar alarm.  Police found that the business had been burglarized and that four suspects had fled.  Further investigation found that multiple firearms, along with various types of ammunition, were stolen, police said.  Video surveillance was reviewed and showed four suspects, dressed in black with face coverings, …
Truck Flips On Route 55 In Deptford (DEVELOPING) Truck Flips On Route 55 In Deptford (DEVELOPING)
Truck Flips On Route 55 In Deptford (Developing) A truck overturned on Route 55 in Gloucester County, authorities said. There were injuries, according to 511nj.org. The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 southbound south of Exit 56 (Route 47) in Deptford Township, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. One right lane was closed, 511nj.org reported. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
Teacher Accused Of Molesting Girl In South Jersey Dies Weeks Before Trial Teacher Accused Of Molesting Girl In South Jersey Dies Weeks Before Trial
Teacher Accused Of Molesting Girl In South Jersey Dies Weeks Before Trial A South Jersey teacher accused of molesting a 12-year-old student in 2020 has died just weeks before his trial, according to an obituary published by Farnelli Funeral Home. Paul A. VanHouten Jr., 57, of Williamstown, died on Thursday, Feb. 22. A cause of death was not mentioned in the obit. The story was first reported by NJ Advance Media. His attorney, Robert N. Agre, was in court and unavailable for comment when Daily Voice reached out Monday, Feb. 26. A trial for VanHouten was set to begin on March 4 on charges of second-degree sexual assault, child endangerment and official miscon…
Mediterranean-Fresh Restaurant Opens In South Jersey Mediterranean-Fresh Restaurant Opens In South Jersey
Mediterranean-Fresh Restaurant Opens In South Jersey Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, the nation’s leading fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, is set to open its newest location in Delran on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The new Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh features stuffed pitas, laffas, traditional gyros, bowls, plates and salads that are packed with unique earth-grown flavors, like olive oil, paprika and hummus, making each dish simple, clean and good for you. The new location at 1361 B Fairview Blvd is owned by Aditya Sirpal. After making a career switch away from the IT world in 2013, Sirpal became a serial entrepreneur in the Delran community, havi…
Middle Schooler Spurs Viral Video With Game-Winning Basket In South Jersey Middle Schooler Spurs Viral Video With Game-Winning Basket In South Jersey
Middle Schooler Spurs Viral Video With Game-Winning Basket In South Jersey A middle school student from Haddonfield hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to win a game against Washington Township. A video of the shot by seventh-grader Sara Guveiyian went viral on ESPN's top 10 for the day. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Daily Voice NJ (@dailyvoicenewjersey) NBC10 says the teams were tied at 37 in the final four of the ICBL Girls Basketball League on Sunday, Feb. 25 when Sara stole the ball. She then launches the shot from half-court, and sinks it. The Bulldawgs are headed to the championships, and…
Man, 44, Shot Dead On Camden City Street: Prosecutor Man, 44, Shot Dead On Camden City Street: Prosecutor
Man, 44, Shot Dead On Camden City Street: Prosecutor A 44-year-old man was shot dead on a Camden City street early Saturday, Feb. 24.  At 2:36 a.m., the Camden County Police Department received a ShotSpotter activation for gunfire in the 3000 block of South Congress Road in Camden City, according to the county Prosecutor's Office.  The Camden County Police Department also received 911 calls for a person shot in the area of the 3100 block of South Congress Road. Officers responded and located a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Cooper University Hospital, and he was&…
WINNER: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $50K In South Jersey WINNER: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $50K In South Jersey
Winner: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $50K In South Jersey There was a lucky $50,000 Powerball lottery player on Saturday, Feb. 24. The winning Powerball numbers were 3, 8, 40, 53, 58 and the Powerball was 3. The Powerplay was 3x. The winning ticket was sold at Sicklerville News, 521 Williamstown Road in Sicklerville.
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