Jon Craig

Reporter

jon.craig@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

Adam Raduszewski, Of Pennsville, Dies At 43 Adam Raduszewski, Of Pennsville, Dies At 43
Adam Raduszewski, Of Pennsville, Dies At 43 Adam G. Raduszewski, Jr., of Pennsville, died on June 17, according to an obituary published by Laughrey Funeral Home. He was 43 years old. Adam was currently employed at Trek Bicycle Corp., his obituary said. The Pennsville Memorial High School graduate earned a bachelor's degree in construction engineering from National University  "Adam had a silly, goofy personality, often cracking jokes and being sarcastic," his obit said. He would take his children bowling, play arcade games and had many nights of playing video games with his boys, the obit said. "He was highly intelligent an…
Bicyclist, 14, Dies Days After Route 38 Crash, State Police Say Bicyclist, 14, Dies Days After Route 38 Crash, State Police Say
Bicyclist, 14, Dies Days After Route 38 Crash, State Police Say A 14-year-old bicyclist hospitalized after being struck by an SUV in Burlington County a week ago died two days later, authorities said. The teenager was hit on the westbound side of Route 38 at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14 as he tried to cross the highway near milepost 19.1 in Southampton, New Jersey State Police said. Emergency workers brought the 14-year-old to an area hospital where he died on Sunday, June 16, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Lebron, a State Police spokesman. The driver, 44, from the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township, has not been charged, Lebron said. Police …
Driver, 83, Killed In 2-Car Crash In South Jersey: Police Driver, 83, Killed In 2-Car Crash In South Jersey: Police
Driver, 83, Killed In 2-Car Crash In South Jersey: Police An 83-year-old woman was killed in a two-car crash in Burlington Township, authorities said Rose Zampino, of Burlington Township, was driving a Mitsubishi sedan north on Route 541 near Kelly Drive at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, when a southbound Volvo SUV struck her vehicle, Burlington Township police said. Zampino died of her injuries at an area hospital, police said. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Officer Sean Celia at 609-386-2019 or email him at scelia113@burltwppd
Dump Truck Fails To Yield, Kills 43-Year-Old Woman, Injures 4 Children In NJ Crash: State PD Dump Truck Fails To Yield, Kills 43-Year-Old Woman, Injures 4 Children In NJ Crash: State PD
Dump Truck Fails To Yield, Kills 43-Year-Old Woman, Injures 4 Children In NJ Crash: State PD A 43-year-old woman was killed and four children were injured in a crash involving a dump truck Thursday, June 20 in Cumberland County, police said. A Chrysler SUV operated by Brandy Woolson, of Millville, was heading west on Highland Street in Commercial Township when a Mack dump truck heading north on Steep Run Road failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the SUV just before 9 a.m., New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Lebron said. Woolson died as a result of the crash. A 16-year-old girl suffered moderate injuries, while two 4-year-old boys and a 2-year-old girl suffered minor injuries,…
SEEN HIM? Ewing Man, 60, Goes Missing SEEN HIM? Ewing Man, 60, Goes Missing
Seen HIM? Ewing Man, 60, Goes Missing A 60-year-old man from Ewing went missing on Thursday, June 20, authorities said. Stanley Matthews, age 60, was last seen at 6:30 a.m., leaving his residence on West Upper Ferry Road for his morning walk, Ewing police said. Stanley has not been seen since and his cell phone is off or inoperable.  Stanley was last seen wearing a blue jacket and black sweatpants and is approximately 5' 10" tall. If anyone has seen Stanley or has any information, please call Ewing police at 609-882-1313.
Townhouse Fire Displaces Family In South Brunswick: Police Townhouse Fire Displaces Family In South Brunswick: Police
Townhouse Fire Displaces Family In South Brunswick: Police Residents of a townhouse in South Brunswick were displaced by a fire, authorities said. South Brunswick police and all three South Brunswick Fire Companies were dispatched to Cotoneaster Court in the South Ridge Hills complex for a reported structure fire at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, First arriving police officers reported a working fire with residents in the process of evacuating the four-unit townhome building.  Firefighters quickly confined the fire to the living room of the one residence, placing the fire under control in less than 15 minutes from arrival. Firefighters rema…
NJ Restaurant Owner Preyed On Job Applicant, Sexually Assaulted Others, Authorities Say NJ Restaurant Owner Preyed On Job Applicant, Sexually Assaulted Others, Authorities Say
NJ Restaurant Owner Preyed On Job Applicant, Sexually Assaulted Others, Authorities Say The owner of three restaurants in Trenton has been arrested for multiple sexual assaults including a job applicant, authorities said. Gerald Araya, 44, of Ewing, was arrested in Trenton on Wednesday, June 19, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri, Lawrence Township Police Chief Christopher Longo and Trenton Police Director Steve Wilson.  He is charged with five counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, one count of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of first-degree kidnapping, two counts o…
Hit-Run Vehicle Struck Pedestrian In Gloucester Township: Police Hit-Run Vehicle Struck Pedestrian In Gloucester Township: Police
Hit-Run Vehicle Struck Pedestrian In Gloucester Township: Police Gloucester Township police seek the public's help locating a hit-and-run driver who struck a pedestrian, authorities said. The crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20 on Erial Road by Blackwood Clementon Road, police said. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and is currently receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. The driver involved in the incident fled the scene immediately after the crash.  The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling on southeast on Erial Road towards Davistown Road.  The suspect vehicle is believed to be as a dark-colo…
WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $973K At Wawa WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $973K At Wawa
Winner: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $973K At Wawa One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $972,775 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Wednesday, June 19, drawing.  The winning numbers were: 06, 14, 21, 25 and 44 and the XTRA number was: 02.  The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold.  The winning ticket was sold at Wawa #391, 400 N Route 73, West Berlin in Camden County.
New Jersey's Most Decorated Battleship Returns To Camden New Jersey's Most Decorated Battleship Returns To Camden
New Jersey's Most Decorated Battleship Returns To Camden The most decorated battleship in U.S. history is returning to Camden. The USS New Jersey is scheduled to return to its dock in Camden on Thursday, June 20 after three months of extensive dry-dock maintenance at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The historic 900-foot-long battleship serves as a floating museum.  It's expected to dock on the Camden Waterfront at about 1:30 p.m. after a layover at Paulsboro Marine Terminal. Public viewing areas include the Camden waterfront, Red Bank Battlefield in National Park and Riverwinds complex in West Deptford. “For the past three months, the 82-year…
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