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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. HazMat 'Haze' Triggers Evacuation Of NJ State Police Building In South Jersey, Spokesman Says

    HazMat 'Haze' Triggers Evacuation Of NJ State Police Building In South Jersey, Spokesman Says

    A hazardous materials incident at New Jersey State Police offices in Mercer County was not as serious as it initially sounded, a NJSP spokesman said.A pool pump overloaded, causing a haze in the ground-floor gymnasium at 1040 River Road, the spokesman said.The haze set off a smoke alarm which prompted a brief evacuation of the building at 1040 River Road in Ewing, according to Sgt. ...

  2. Separate Overnight Shootings Leave 1 Dead, 4 Wounded In New Brunswick, Authorities Say

    Separate Overnight Shootings Leave 1 Dead, 4 Wounded In New Brunswick, Authorities Say

    Middlesex County authorities are investigating two shootings that left one person dead and four people wounded overnight,  they said.The shootings occurred about three hours apart but appear to be related, authorities said Friday afternoon.A gunman allegedly fired at a vehicle at 2:08 a.m. Friday on Easton Avenue in New Brunswick, hitting two people, police said.Both victims were ...

  3. Separate Overnight Shootings Leave 1 Dead, 4 Wounded In Central Jersey, Authorities Say

    Separate Overnight Shootings Leave 1 Dead, 4 Wounded In Central Jersey, Authorities Say

    Middlesex County authorities are investigating two shootings that left one person dead and four people wounded overnight, they said.The shootings occurred about three hours apart but appear to be related, authorities said Friday afternoon.A gunman allegedly fired at a vehicle at 2:08 a.m. Friday on Easton Avenue in New Brunswick, hitting two people, police said.Both victims were taken ...

  4. Rabid Fox Bit Jersey Shore Child, Maybe 2 Other Neighbors,  Health Officials Say

    Rabid Fox Bit Jersey Shore Child, Maybe 2 Other Neighbors, Health Officials Say

    The fox that bit a 4-year-old girl last weekend in Ocean County tested positive for rabies, Health Department officials said.At least two other people also were bitten by a fox recently in Jackson Township, according to the officials and news reports. It was unclear whether the same fox was  involved. Details about those attacks had not been released. The young girl was ...

  5. UPDATE: 1 Dead, 1Hurt After Gunman Shoots Vehicle Near Rutgers University, NJ Authorities Say

    UPDATE: 1 Dead, 1Hurt After Gunman Shoots Vehicle Near Rutgers University, NJ Authorities Say

    Authorities in Central Jersey are investigating a fatal shooting near the Rutgers University campus,  they said.A gunman allegedly fired at a vehicle overnight on Easton Avenue in New Brunswick, hitting two people, police said.Both victims were taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, where one later died from bullet wounds, reports said.The other shooting victim suffered ...

  6. At Least 3 Hospitalized After Jersey Shore Rush-Hour Crash

    At Least 3 Hospitalized After Jersey Shore Rush-Hour Crash

    Firefighters, police and EMS crews in Ocean County responded to a serious rush-hour crash, authorities said. Several people suffered multiple injuries in the collision shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday, reports said.The crash occurred on the 1600 block of  County Road 539 in Stafford Township. according to initial reports.An unconfirmed report said that one victim, who was not ...

  7. HEROES: Off-Duty NJ Trooper, Passing Bicyclist Rescue Stranded Kayakers

    HEROES: Off-Duty NJ Trooper, Passing Bicyclist Rescue Stranded Kayakers

    A pair of kayakers who fell overboard into a Monmouth County creek were saved by a New Jersey State trooper and Good Samaritan, authorities said. State Police Sgt. First Class Erin Smith was driving over the Glimmer Glass Bridge on Sunday when she noticed an overturned kayak, NJSP said on Facebook.Smith also spotted two orange life vests floating in Glimmer Glass Creek and two ...

  8. Search Crews Find No Evidence Of LBI Plane Crash

    Search Crews Find No Evidence Of LBI Plane Crash

    A water search and rescue was canceled about 90 minutes after a small plane was reported crashed off the Jersey Shore, authorities said.The aircraft's suspected crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, about a mile offshore from Long Beach Island, reports said.An unconfirmed report, about an hour after the sighting, said air and water rescue reams had not located an aircraft.Among the ...

  9. Authorities ID Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Camden County Police Car, AG Says

    Authorities ID Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Camden County Police Car, AG Says

    The 66-year-old pedestrian struck and fatally injured by a police car in South Jersey last week has been identified, authorities said.Zandra Baez of Camden was pronounced dead shortly after the collision on June 9, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.Grewal previously said his office was investigating the crash, which is normal state protocol when a police officer is ...

  10. Jersey Shore Powerboat Racer Admits Faking Disappearance To Avoid Prosecution, US Attorney Says

    Jersey Shore Powerboat Racer Admits Faking Disappearance To Avoid Prosecution, US Attorney Says

    A professional powerboat racer from Atlantic County has admitted faking his offshore death to avoid bank fraud charges, authorities said.Andrew Biddle, 45, of Egg Harbor Township allegedly disappeared for more than six months in 2014 after staging a sailboat crash, according to a federal indictment. Biddle pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday,  Acting U.S. ...

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