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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. Westchester Congressman Not As Well-Known At Home As On House Floor

    Westchester Congressman Not As Well-Known At Home As On House Floor

    U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has been drawing plenty of primetime national attention while holding congressional hearings and giving speeches about foreign policy and impeachment on the floor of the House of Representatives.Yet all of that anti-President Trump publicity has not translated into higher public opinion numbers back home in Westchester and the Bronx, according to a new poll from ...

  2. World-Class Athlete 'At Home' Training In Westchester

    World-Class Athlete 'At Home' Training In Westchester

    Hungary's top hurdler has been training at a Westchester track, with hopes of eventually qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Why Westchester? Because Valdó Szűcs' fiancée lives in Pleasantville; Szűcs takes advantage of PHS' rubberized, all-weather track whenever he's in the United States.His fiancée, Amber Lazzaro of Pleasantville steps in as one of Szűcs' managers ...

  3. VIDEO: Democratic Field Widens For Westchester Rep. Nita Lowey's Vacated Congressional Seat

    VIDEO: Democratic Field Widens For Westchester Rep. Nita Lowey's Vacated Congressional Seat

    The list of Democrats seeking U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat continues to grow.State Sen. David Carlucci announced his interest in running on Monday, Oct. 21. Carlucci represents part of Westchester and Rockland counties that comprise the 38th Senate District. His announcement can be watched by clicking here or on the photo above. Carlucci,, 38, became the third Democrat ...

  4. Overdue? Public Library Collects Nearly $400,000 In State Grants

    Overdue? Public Library Collects Nearly $400,000 In State Grants

    Hundreds of thousands of dollars can buy much more than a collection of Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl children's books. Kidding aside, Mount Pleasant Public Library is the recipient of nearly $400,000 in state grants for renovations to its popular children's room and energy-efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning throughout the library in Pleasantville. At a press ...

  5. Voters In Two Towns Asked To Convert Key Elective Offices To Appointed Jobs

    Voters In Two Towns Asked To Convert Key Elective Offices To Appointed Jobs

    As part of the fall election, Ossining Town Board will ask voters whether they support the conversion of the elected offices of Tax Receiver, Town Clerk, and Highway Superintendent to appointed offices.The town of Mount Pleasant recently added a referendum to its fall ballot to eliminate the elected office of Highway Superintendent. Ossining's three ballot issues are the ...

  6. CT Congressmen Rip Trump's Turkey Ceasefire

    CT Congressmen Rip Trump's Turkey Ceasefire

    President Trump declared Thursday's ceasefire at the Turkish-Syrian border was "an incredible outcome."But the Republican's assessment was immediately shot down by congressional Democrats from Connecticut.U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted: "The President got rolled, & so did our national integrity. It is yet another betrayal to our Kurdish partners & a boon to our ...

  7. VIDEO: 'We Want Nothing To Do With This Disastrous Policy,' Westchester Congressman Engel Says

    VIDEO: 'We Want Nothing To Do With This Disastrous Policy,' Westchester Congressman Engel Says

    By an overwhelming 354 to 60 bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Oct. 16 delivered a condemnation of President Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria. The resolution, introduced by New York Congressman Eliot Engel, said Trump's "disastrous policy" has thrown the region into bloody chaos and unraveled Middle East diplomacy."What ...

  8. Chelsea Clinton Rules Out Congressional Run For Nita Lowey Seat -- For Now

    Chelsea Clinton Rules Out Congressional Run For Nita Lowey Seat -- For Now

    Chelsea Clinton will not run for the congressional district in most of Westchester and all of Rockland being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, she told The View on Wednesday, Oct. 16.“I’m not considering running for Congresswoman Lowey’s seat,” she said. “I understand why people are asking and some people have been asking me some version of this question literally ...

  9. Governor Hosts Presidential Fundraiser For Joe Biden

    Governor Hosts Presidential Fundraiser For Joe Biden

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and his wife are organizing a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at their home in Greenwich.The event for the former vice president is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20 and the suggested contribution is $2,800, the maximum donation allowed for the presidential primary cycle.Biden is considered a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential ...

  10. Buchwald Bid For Lowey's Congressional Seat Sets Up State Assembly Race

    Buchwald Bid For Lowey's Congressional Seat Sets Up State Assembly Race

    State Assemblyman David Buchwald became the second Democrat to announce his candidacy for the 17th Congressional District this week, a seat that will open up after next year's retirement of U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey.Buchwald's run for Congress sets up an open race for his 93rd Assembly District seat next year.Buchwald, 40, is in his fourth two-year term representing the 93rd District, which ...

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