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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. UPDATED: Jersey Shore Motorcyclist's Leg Severed In Toms River Collision

    UPDATED: Jersey Shore Motorcyclist's Leg Severed In Toms River Collision

    A motorcyclist from Ocean County was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center after a serious collision on Route 70 in Toms River, authorities said.The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the state route's intersection with Whitesville Road, according to Jillian Messina, a spokeswoman for the Toms River Police Department .John Troncone, 25 of Jackson, was riding east on ...

  2. Asbury Park Man, 20, Indicted In Double-Stabbing Near High School, Monmouth Prosecutor Says

    Asbury Park Man, 20, Indicted In Double-Stabbing Near High School, Monmouth Prosecutor Says

    A 20-year-old man from Asbury Park has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stabbing two teenagers near Asbury Park High School, authorities said. Jadon Carter was formally charged on Wednesday with attempted murder,  aggravated assault and possessing a deadly weapon. according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.Carter's charges stem from a ...

  3. Toms River Trio Indicted In Fatal Shooting, Ocean County Prosecutor Says

    Toms River Trio Indicted In Fatal Shooting, Ocean County Prosecutor Says

    Three men from the Jersey Shore have been indicted by an Ocean County grand jury on murder charges, authorities said.They are accused of shooting a vehicle occupied by three people near Toms River Apartments on Main Street last fall, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.Shadrach Correa, 19, Daivon Sullivan, 19, and Leyron Jones, 24, all of Toms River also were charged ...

  4. Lakewood Woman, Brick Man Arrested For Drug-Dealing, Jersey Shore Prosecutor Says

    Lakewood Woman, Brick Man Arrested For Drug-Dealing, Jersey Shore Prosecutor Says

    Two Ocean County residents have been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine out of a home in Lakewood Township, authorities saidTaishaun Cosme, 26, of Brick Township and Janice Rivera, 33 of Lakewood both were charged with multiple drug charges including intent to distribute cocaine, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. A warranted search was made last week at a ...

  5. Atlantic City Officers Arrest 2 Teenagers, Recover 3 Handguns In Separate Incidents, Police Say

    Atlantic City Officers Arrest 2 Teenagers, Recover 3 Handguns In Separate Incidents, Police Say

    Atlantic City police recovered three handguns in two days in separate incidents, authorities said.The first involved a feud between teenage brothers.  The second involved a shooting with a defaced firearm, police said.On Monday, a juvenile was arrested and charged with weapons and drug offenses after a family dispute led police to his home, an Atlantic City police spokesman ...

  6. Spear-Carrying South Jersey Man, With Bear Repellent, Subdued By Taser, Police Say

    Spear-Carrying South Jersey Man, With Bear Repellent, Subdued By Taser, Police Say

    Police tasered a man who was carrying bear repellent while swinging a large spear at motorists, Camden County authorities said.Officers subdued the suspect, who allegedly was waving the metal pole and pepper spray, just before sunrise on Saturday, Gloucester Township police said.Police officers ultimately tasered the "man in crisis" when he refused to comply, according to a ...

  7. Off-Duty Trenton Firefighter Tries Saving Delaware River Drowning Victim, Reports Say

    Off-Duty Trenton Firefighter Tries Saving Delaware River Drowning Victim, Reports Say

    Despite a rescue attempt by an off-duty Trenton firefighter, a man drowned in the Delaware River, authorities said.The victim's name had not been released pending notification of family members. 9-1-1 calls reporting "a body in the water" near Thunder Road came in about 2 p.m.Lt. Peter Szpakowski, a Trenton police spokesman, told MidJersey.News that off-duty city firefighter Akyse ...

  8. Atlantic City Police Seek Public's Help Locating Driver Who Allegedly Struck Teenage Bicyclist

    Atlantic City Police Seek Public's Help Locating Driver Who Allegedly Struck Teenage Bicyclist

    Police in South Jersey seek the public's help finding an SUV that struck a boy on a bicycle before fleeing, authorities said. Atlantic City patrol officers responded to Richmond and Atlantic avenues on Monday evening on a report that a boy on a bicycle was hit by a vehicle. The 16-year-old escaped serious injuries but his bike was damaged, according to Lt. Kevin Fair. The ...

  9. Vehicle Slams Utility Pole On Jersey Shore, Driver Flees, Authorities Say

    Vehicle Slams Utility Pole On Jersey Shore, Driver Flees, Authorities Say

    A vehicle struck a utility pole, toppling live power lines during rush-hour in Ocean County, authorities said.Then he fled, initial reports said.The crash occurred about 5 p.m. on South Stump Tavern Road in Jackson Township, reports said.An initial unconfirmed report said that the driver fled his smashed-up vehicle before fleeing on foot.This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR ...

  10. Motorist Trapped After Central Jersey Crash

    Motorist Trapped After Central Jersey Crash

    Firefighters freed a motorist from a smashed-up vehicle during rush-hour in Middlesex County, authorities said.The serious crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m.at Woodbridge Avenue and Gurley Road in Edison, reports said.One person was being treated by EMS paramedics after being extricated from the car by area firefighters, according to an initial report.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

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