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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

  1. WINNERS: Five NJ Powerball Players Take Home $50K

    WINNERS: Five NJ Powerball Players Take Home $50K

    There were five New Jersey Powerball players who took home $50,000 apiece in the Saturday, Feb. 4 drawing, state Lottery officials said.Five tickets matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball.Those tickets were sold at the following locations:Bergen County: 7-Eleven #38078, 111 Union Ave., East Rutherford;Bergen County: Wawa #8335, 7 Jewels St., Garfield;Hudson County: ...

  2. Why Drones Are Putting Robots On Power Lines Across South Jersey

    Why Drones Are Putting Robots On Power Lines Across South Jersey

    Have you wondered what those tiny UFOs are doing along South Jersey power lines?"Bird mitigation." In other words, setting up a system for scaring off birds that would otherwise be killed striking into or landing on the lines.The drones place tiny robotic devices on the lines.In the past, utility workers used to dangerously dangle from helicopters to accomplish the same tasks, according ...

  3. $1M Powerball Ticket Sold At NJ Deli

    $1M Powerball Ticket Sold At NJ Deli

    One New Jersey Powerball Lottery ticket matched five of the five white balls drawn on Saturday, Feb. 4, winning the $1 million second-tier prize. The winning ticket was sold at Milltown Convenience Deli & Grill, 152 South Main St., Milltown in Middlesex CountyThe winning numbers for the Saturday, Feb. 4, drawing were: 02, 08, 15, 19 and 58. The Red Power Ball number was 10. The ...

  4. Bank Robber Convicted On Beer Bottle Fingerprint In Pemberton

    Bank Robber Convicted On Beer Bottle Fingerprint In Pemberton

    A fingerprint on a Corona Light beer bottle helped convict a man of robbery in South Jersey, authorities said.Cortney Bell, 38, of Browns Mills was convicted by a jury on Tuesday, Jan. 31,  according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw.The investigation began the morning of July 23, 2019, after officers from the Pemberton Borough Police Department and troopers ...

  5. Fast-Play Lottery Ticket Worth $24K Sold At NJ Wawa

    Fast-Play Lottery Ticket Worth $24K Sold At NJ Wawa

    A Fast-Play lottery ticket worth $23,613 was sold on Friday, Feb. 3, New Jersey officials said.The winning ticket was sold at Wawa #924, 2802 South Delsea Dr., Vineland in Cumberland County.

  6. HS 'Active Shooter' Lockdown In South Jersey Results In Arrest Of Philadelphia Woman

    HS 'Active Shooter' Lockdown In South Jersey Results In Arrest Of Philadelphia Woman

    A 29-year-old woman from Philadelphia has been arrested in connection with a false "active shooter" report last week.On Jan. 23, Cape May County Dispatch received a phone call reporting an active shooter at the Lower Cape May Regional High School. The school was locked down.An immediate multi-agency response was initiated. Active Shooter protocols were swiftly activated by the school, ...

  7. Fatal Shooting Investigated In Asbury Park

    Fatal Shooting Investigated In Asbury Park

    A shooting that took place in Asbury Park yesterday is under investigation, authorities said.At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, Asbury Park police responded to Ridge and Springwood Avenues on a report of shots being fired. Police found the victim, an adult male, who had sustained a gunshot wound. He was transported to Jersey Shore ...

  8. NJ Home Where Horror Movie Was Filmed Sells For $1.46M

    NJ Home Where Horror Movie Was Filmed Sells For $1.46M

    A famous mansion that appeared in the 1979 movie "Amityville Horror" was sold for $1.46 million last month. The purchase of the 3,866-square-foot waterfront property at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River was brokered by Brenda Connolly, owner of The Connolly Agency."The outdoor setting is magnificent," Connolly told Daily Voice. "They love the home. We got a good deal on a beautiful ...

  9. Bergen Woman Charged With Insurance Fraud: Passaic Prosecutor

    Bergen Woman Charged With Insurance Fraud: Passaic Prosecutor

    A 27-year-old Bergen County woman has been charged with insurance fraud, authorities said.Brianna Ribaudo, of East Rutherford, was arrested on Friday, Feb. 3, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.On Oct. 9, 2019, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office got a tip that Ribaudo gave false information in an attempt to get insurance coverage for multiple motor vehicles, ...

  10. Suspect Arrested With Handgun After Fight In Winslow Township

    Suspect Arrested With Handgun After Fight In Winslow Township

    A fight led to the arrest of a 25-year-old South Jersey man on weapons charges, authorities said.On Thursday, Feb. 2, at approximately 10:15 a.m., the Winslow Township Police Department's Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Unit were dispatched to Dunham Loop in the Berlin section of Winslow Township for reports of an altercation with shots fired. A preliminary investigation led ...

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