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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. Repeat Jersey Shore Offender Admits Child Porn Possession: Feds

    Repeat Jersey Shore Offender Admits Child Porn Possession: Feds

    A 34-year-old repeat offender from the Jersey Shore has admitted to possessing thousands of images and videos depicting child sexual abuse, authorities said.Andrew Ramey, 34, of Brick, pleaded guilty on Tuesday by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to a possession of child pornography charge, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. ...

  2. Holy Crap! K-9 Puts Icing On Sliding Philadelphia Flyers' Team

    Holy Crap! K-9 Puts Icing On Sliding Philadelphia Flyers' Team

    This was no Hat Trick. At center ice, a police K-9 shocked fans by checking in and dropping a poop on the Philadelphia Flyers' logo Sunday, TMZ reported while posting a Twitter video from a fan.Earlier in the messy day, the hockey team fired its head coach, Alain Vigneault after he went 147-74-54 in two-plus seasons. The team was in the midst of an eight-game ...

  3. Jersey Shore Township Holds 80th Annual Toy, Food, Kids' Clothing Drive

    Jersey Shore Township Holds 80th Annual Toy, Food, Kids' Clothing Drive

    There's still plenty of time to donate to Jackson Township's 80th annual Toy Drive. Also popular in recent years is the "Fill a Truck" event to collect toys. In addition to toys, police, firefighters and local businesses are collecting children's clothing and canned food.Come out on Saturday Dec. 11 at ShopRite on North County Line Road  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with your ...

  4. NJ Mom Wanted To 'Fulfill The Last Of Her Sins' When Stabbing 5-Month-Old Baby Dead: Report

    NJ Mom Wanted To 'Fulfill The Last Of Her Sins' When Stabbing 5-Month-Old Baby Dead: Report

    A South Jersey mother accused of killing her 5-month-old child said she fatally stabbed her daughter to “fulfill the last of her sins, murder,” NJ Advance Media says citing court papers.Kristhie I. Alcazar, 26, was charged with murder and a weapons offense, Daily Voice previously reported. She allegedly stabbed the girl in their Penns Grove apartment on Friday, the Salem County ...

  5. YMCA In Central Jersey Evacuated Due To Carbon Monoxide Leak: Developing

    YMCA In Central Jersey Evacuated Due To Carbon Monoxide Leak: Developing

    A YMCA in Central Jersey was evacuated due to a hazardous materials incident, according to a developing and unconfirmed report.The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at 166 Maple Ave. (Route 35) in Red Bank, according to initial reports.An unconfirmed report said the emergency was due to a carbon monoxide leak in the basement of the building.Red Bank police and the Fire Marshal ...

  6. Authorities ID Man Killed By Train In Asbury Park As Barnegat Resident, 34

    Authorities ID Man Killed By Train In Asbury Park As Barnegat Resident, 34

    Authorities have identified a man struck and killed by a train in Asbury Park.James Kessock, 34, Barnegat, was hit about 9:55 p.m. Sunday, according to Jim Smith, a New Jersey Transit spokesmanKessock was struck along the North Jersey Coast Line tracks near First Avenue around 9:55 p.m., Smith said.North Jersey Coast Line rail service was suspended in both directions between Long Branch ...

  7. Home Depot Shoplifter In Bulletproof Vest Waved Knife, Carried Loaded Shotgun: South Jersey PD

    Home Depot Shoplifter In Bulletproof Vest Waved Knife, Carried Loaded Shotgun: South Jersey PD

    A 37-year-old South Jersey man wearing a bulletproof vest was arrested after he allegedly waved a knife at a Home Depot employee, authorities said.Mark C. Payne was suspected of shoplifting and had brandished a knife at a loss prevention worker at 7:02 p.m. Sunday, according to Westampton Township police. The incident occurred at the Home Depot store at 2703 Burlington-Mt. Holly Road in ...

  8. One Killed, 2 Others Critical After NJ Driver Runs Red Light: Jersey Shore PD

    One Killed, 2 Others Critical After NJ Driver Runs Red Light: Jersey Shore PD

    A 29-year-old woman from the Jersey Shore was killed and two others were critically hurt after a motorist ran through a red light, authorities said.Crystal Calpin, 29, of Toms River was driving west on Route 37 at Oak Ridge Parkway when she collided with another car at 8:56 a.m. Monday, Toms River police said.Calpin drove through a red light at a high rate of speed and struck a ...

  9. EMS Crews Called On 'Medical Episode': Developing

    EMS Crews Called On 'Medical Episode': Developing

    EMS crews were called on a report of a "medical episode" in Central Jersey, authorities said.The incident occurred about 8:15 a.m. at Pine Creek Village in Hazlet, Hazlet police said. An initial report said that CPR was in progress.Hazlet police said the incident did not involve a pedestrian struck as initially alerted. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  10. Services Set For Woodbridge High School Teacher, Matawan Football Coach, 45, Who Died Suddenly

    Services Set For Woodbridge High School Teacher, Matawan Football Coach, 45, Who Died Suddenly

    Visiting hours and a funeral service are set for Monday for a beloved teacher and assistant football coach who died suddenly Wednesday at Woodbridge High School.Longtime business teacher Jeffrey Grimm, 45, was found by other staff who called 9-1-1 from the high school. Grimm, of Union, also served as offensive line football coach for Matawan Regional High School. A visitation ...

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