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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: Heroin, Fentanyl, Cocaine Stored In Jersey Shore Apartment

    Prosecutor: Heroin, Fentanyl, Cocaine Stored In Jersey Shore Apartment

    A 20-year-old man from Lakewood has been arrested for using an apartment in Toms River to deal cocaine, fentanyl and heroin, authorities said.Rizjoun Smullen was taken into custody on Wednesday on drug distribution charges, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.An joint investigation with Toms River police found an apartment in the Hampton Gardens ...

  2. Atlantic City Pedestrian Struck, Killed

    Atlantic City Pedestrian Struck, Killed

    A 66-year-old woman from Atlantic City was struck and killed by a vehicle as she crossed the road, authorities said.Atlantic City patrol officers responded to Tennessee and Atlantic Avenues at 4:12 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian, according to Lt. Kevin Fair, a police department spokesman.Officers arrived to find Jill Collette suffering ...

  3. Prosecutor: South Jersey Police Officer Illegally Pepper-Sprayed Suspects

    Prosecutor: South Jersey Police Officer Illegally Pepper-Sprayed Suspects

    A Camden County police officer has been forced to quit his public job after illegally using pepper spray on two suspects, authorities said.The former Woodlynne police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge stemming from a June use-of-force incident, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.Ryan Dubiel, 32, of Wenonah in Gloucester County, admitted to one count ...

  4. Prosecutor: 95-Year-Old Man Punched Dead By Camden Teenager

    Prosecutor: 95-Year-Old Man Punched Dead By Camden Teenager

    A 95-year-old man from Camden County was punched to death in his apartment building by a teenager, authorities said.The 14-year-old Collingswood youth is now facing upgraded criminal charges after the elderly man he assaulted died one week after the incident, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey.Police were called to the ...

  5. WINNER: Cash4Life Player In Pennsylvania Takes Home $52K Annually

    WINNER: Cash4Life Player In Pennsylvania Takes Home $52K Annually

    One Pennsylvania Lottery CASH4LIFE ticket matched the five white balls drawn for Wednesday's drawing.That means the lucky player wins the $1,000 a week for life prize ($52,000 annually) Or, the winner can "cash out" once for $1 million, minus taxes.The five winning ball numbers were: 05, 12, 13, 14 and 26. The green Cash Ball was: 04.In addition, 12,446 Pennsylvania players won $79,073 ...

  6. WINNERS: Lucky Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Players Split $1.75M In Essex, Ocean Counties

    WINNERS: Lucky Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Players Split $1.75M In Essex, Ocean Counties

    There were two lucky winners in the latest Jersey Cash 5 drawing, according to state Lottery officials, sold in Essex and Ocean counties.A pair of tickets matched all five numbers drawn splitting the $1,748,230 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Thursday. Each winning ticket is worth $874,115. The winning numbers were: 06, 08, 13, 15, and 33 and the XTRA number was: 04. The retailers ...

  7. Prosecutor: Edison Shooter, 29, Slammed With 48 Years In Prison

    Prosecutor: Edison Shooter, 29, Slammed With 48 Years In Prison

    A 29-year-old man from Middlesex County is looking at spending his next 48 years in state prison, authorities said.Christopher “C-Dub” Thompson of Edison was sentenced on Thursday for fatally shooting a 23-year-old man from New Brunswick in October 2018, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone.Thompson was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Buck for ...

  8. Ex-Monmouth Drug Court Officer Gets 10 Years State Prison For Sexually Assaulting Probationer

    Ex-Monmouth Drug Court Officer Gets 10 Years State Prison For Sexually Assaulting Probationer

    A former longtime Monmouth County probation officer has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison  for sexually assaulting a woman he supervised from Drug Court, authorities said.Henry C. Cirignano, 48, of Wall Township also was accused of making false representations to the court about the woman who was on probation, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher ...

  9. Authorities ID Couple Killed In Gloucester County Crash

    Authorities ID Couple Killed In Gloucester County Crash

    Authorities have identified the couple killed in a single-car crash in Gloucester County.The vehicle crashed into a tree on Caulfield Avenue in Deptford on Tuesday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle, Charyle Martell-Trombetta, 50, of Deptford and a passenger, Joseph Menta, 50, of Williamstown, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's ...

  10. 18 'H-Block' Gang Members Busted, $228K In Drugs Seized In Mercer County

    18 'H-Block' Gang Members Busted, $228K In Drugs Seized In Mercer County

    An investigation involving more than a dozen law enforcement agencies in South Jersey and Pennsylvania has resulted in the arrest of 18 gang members and seizure of large quantities of heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana, authorities said.Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said on Thursday that the multi-jurisdictional investigation of narcotics distribution and violent ...

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