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

Elementary School Principal Stole $700 From Main Office In South Jersey: Police Elementary School Principal Stole $700 From Main Office In South Jersey: Police
Elementary School Principal Stole $700 From Main Office In South Jersey: Police A 46-year-old school principal from Burlington County has been charged with theft, authorities said. Colleen Schroeder, 46, of Hainesport, is accused of taking more than $700 in cash found missing from the main office at the Helen L. Beeler Elementary School in late February, Evesham police said on Monday, March 4. The Evesham Township School District superintendent issued a statement saying that Schroeder was already on an unrelated leave and will remain on leave pending the outcome of the case. The money that was stolen belonged to the Evesham Township School District, pol…
MURDER-SUICIDE: Man Kills GF Then Himself In NJ Residence, Police Say MURDER-SUICIDE: Man Kills GF Then Himself In NJ Residence, Police Say
Murder-suicide: Man Kills GF Then Himself In NJ Residence, Police Say Police are investigating the murder-suicide of a Camden County couple, they said. Alexander Morales, 44, is believed to have shot his 39-year-old girlfriend Katherine Andujar in the head before turning the gun on himself in Lindenwold, according to Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay alongside Lindenwold Police Chief Michael McCarthy, Jr. Police performing a welfare check on the 400 block of East Gibbsboro Road found Andujar having suffered a gunshot wound to her head and Morales, a gunshot wound to his chest, McCarthy and MacAulay said. No further details were released.
Teen Driver Killed Walking Into Live Power Line After South Jersey Crash Teen Driver Killed Walking Into Live Power Line After South Jersey Crash
Teen Driver Killed Walking Into Live Power Line After South Jersey Crash A 17-year-old driver survived crashing into a utility pole but was electrocuted to death when he walked into a downed power line in South Jersey, authorities said. New Jersey State Police troopers responded to the crash on East Point Road in Maurice River, Cumberland County, at about 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, according to Trooper Troy McNair, a NJSP spokesman The Millville teenager was driving a Ford northbound on East Point Road when he lost control and struck a utility pole, overturning, McNair said. His name was not released because of his age. The pole and electrical wires were top…
South Jersey Man Accused Of Beating Mom Dead Arrested In Pennsylvania: Prosecutor South Jersey Man Accused Of Beating Mom Dead Arrested In Pennsylvania: Prosecutor
South Jersey Man Accused Of Beating Mom Dead Arrested In Pennsylvania: Prosecutor A man accused of beating his mother to death in Camden County has been arrested in Pennsylvania, authorities said. James Doran, 30, of Blackwood, NJ, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford, PA, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Doran is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Lillian Doran, 65, of Blackwood on Saturday, March 2, said Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay alongside Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins. On Saturday, at about 10:20 a.m., Gloucester Township police received a 911…
WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Wins $1.2M At Wawa WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Wins $1.2M At Wawa
Winner: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Wins $1.2M At Wawa A lucky Jersey Cash 5 player won $1,160,018 at a Wawa, state Lottery officials said. The winning numbers from the Friday, March 1, drawing were: 13, 19, 20, 24 and 27 and the XTRA number was: 03.  The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold.  The winning ticket was sold at Wawa #8357, 1200 State Highway 33, Hamilton in Mercer County.
Man Stabbed Woman With Scissors, Shot By Police In Old Bridge: Prosecutor Man Stabbed Woman With Scissors, Shot By Police In Old Bridge: Prosecutor
Man Stabbed Woman With Scissors, Shot By Police In Old Bridge: Prosecutor A 42-year-old Central Jersey man has been arrested for stabbing a woman with scissors at a hotel, authorities said. Old Bridge police shot the suspect after the stabbing incident at the Hampton Inn at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, authorities said. Christopher Serrano, 42, of Manalapan, is accused of stabbing a 55-year-old woman at the hotel at 300 Spring Valley Road, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. Serrano is currently at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital being treated for his injuries, Ciccone said on Monday, March 4. The female victim was taken t…
Police Shoot Stabbing Suspect At Hampton Inn In Old Bridge: Prosecutor Police Shoot Stabbing Suspect At Hampton Inn In Old Bridge: Prosecutor
Police Shoot Stabbing Suspect At Hampton Inn In Old Bridge: Prosecutor Police shot a stabbing suspect at the Hampton Inn in Old Bridge, authorities said. ALSO SEE: Man charged in stabbing with scissors. The shooting took place at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, March, 3 at 300 Spring Valley Road, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. Initial investigation revealed that members of the Old Bridge Police Department were called on a report of a disturbance, Ciccone said. Police found a man stabbing a woman, Ciccone said. "In response, officers shot at and struck the individual," she said. He name had not been released.  He…
UPDATE: Man With Autism Missing In Central Jersey Is Found: Police UPDATE: Man With Autism Missing In Central Jersey Is Found: Police
Update: Man With Autism Missing In Central Jersey Is Found: Police A 27-year-old Middlesex County man with autism who had been missing tor two days was found with friends in New York City, authorities said. Aaron Bronfenbrener left his home near Buckelew Avenue in Monroe Township around 7 a.m. Saturday, March 2, police said. "He was found about two hours ago and is home and fine, said Monroe Police Lt. Sergeis Jangols shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday March 4. His mother called police when she discovered he was gone, Jangols said. 
Camden Dad Bernaldo 'Bmac' Torres Dies Suddenly, 45 Camden Dad Bernaldo 'Bmac' Torres Dies Suddenly, 45
Camden Dad Bernaldo 'Bmac' Torres Dies Suddenly, 45 Bernaldo Torres of Camden died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 23, according to an obituary published by Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home and a GoFundMe campaign. He was 45. Better known as Bernie to his family and Bmac to his close friends, he was born in Philadelphia, his obituary said. "If anyone was ever looking for Bernaldo, he could always be found writing lyrics for his music," his obituary said. "This was his favorite pastime."  Bernaldo is survived by his wife, Brenda Feliciano; their four children, Siani, Nymira, Bernaldo Jr. and Timothy; his mother, Elizabeth; father, Juan…
Road Rage Incident, Fight With Weapons Leads to Arrest Of 4 Suspects In South Jersey: Police Road Rage Incident, Fight With Weapons Leads to Arrest Of 4 Suspects In South Jersey: Police
Road Rage Incident, Fight With Weapons Leads to Arrest Of 4 Suspects In South Jersey: Police Four Camden County men were arrested after a road rage incident prompted a fight in the street with weapons, authorities said. On Thursday, Feb. 29, shortly after 2 p.m., a detective with the Gloucester Township Police Department was traveling on Blackwood Clementon Road by Emerson Drive when he observed a Voorhees Police Officer (K9) stopped in the roadway with his emergency vehicle lights activated giving orders to four men to get on the ground.  The detective stopped to assist the Voorhees officer who said all four men were engaged in a physical confrontation in …
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