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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. Car Crashes Into Church Leaving It 'Unsafe' On Jersey Shore: Toms River PD

    Car Crashes Into Church Leaving It 'Unsafe' On Jersey Shore: Toms River PD

    An 86-year-old motorist crashed her car into a church building leaving it unsafe, authorities said.The crash occurred at about 10:25 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 on Fischer Boulevard,, Toms River police said.Police and EMS units were dispatched to St. Justin’s Roman Catholic Church for a reported vehicle into the building. Frances Baranowski, of Brick, told police that she ...

  2. Jersey Shore Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Trafficking Charge: Prosecutor

    Jersey Shore Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Trafficking Charge: Prosecutor

    A 43-year-old man from the Jersey Shore has pleaded guilty to drug-dealing charges, authorities said.The case was part of a larger investigation called "Operation Checkmate," according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.James Hemenway, of Morganville, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine and with intent to distribute, Billhimere said.The Ocean ...

  3. 4-Year-Old Child Rescued From Backyard Pool In South Jersey Leaves Hospital: Report

    4-Year-Old Child Rescued From Backyard Pool In South Jersey Leaves Hospital: Report

    A 4-year-old child pulled from an outdoor swimming pool in South Jersey was expected to be released from a hospital on Thursday, Aug. 18, NJ Advance Media reported. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the child and a 2-year-old relative were found unresponsive in the pool at a home on Malus Court in Harrison Township, Gloucester County, and rushed to hospitals before the 2-year-old was pronounced ...

  4. Mysterious Death Of Fire Marshal K9 Prompts Questions In Gloucester County: Reports

    Mysterious Death Of Fire Marshal K9 Prompts Questions In Gloucester County: Reports

    The death of the Gloucester County fire marshal’s office K-9 “Ember” is under investigation by the county prosecutor's office, the outlet said.A county spokeswoman only told NJ Advance Media that Ember, a red fox Labrador, died but didn’t respond to additional questions about the dog’s death.Gloucester County Commissioner Christopher Konawel Jr. says he only found out the canine died in ...

  5. Jersey Shore Man Strangled Dad, Choked Aunt: Prosecutor

    Jersey Shore Man Strangled Dad, Choked Aunt: Prosecutor

    A Jersey Shore man has been arrested and criminally charged with breaking into his father’s home and attacking two relatives, killing one of them, authorities said.Ernest K. Kotey, 43, of Hazlet, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree burglary, and second-degree domestic violence strangulation in connection with the death of Nikoi Kotey, 77, and neck ...

  6. KNOW THEM? State Police Seek Help ID'ing South Jersey Burglary Suspects

    KNOW THEM? State Police Seek Help ID'ing South Jersey Burglary Suspects

    New Jersey State Police seek the public's help identifying multiple men wanted for allegedly burglarizing multiple commercial buildings in Upper Deerfield Township, Cumberland County and Pittsgrove Township in Salem County.Additional photos can be found by clicking here. Between May and June 2022 the suspects entered into commercial buildings and took multiple cartons of ...

  7. Atlantic City Hotel Search Leads To Handgun, Cocaine, $7,500 Cash

    Atlantic City Hotel Search Leads To Handgun, Cocaine, $7,500 Cash

    A search of a hotel room in Atlantic City led to an arrest and recovery of drugs and a handgun, authorities said.On Tuesday, Aug. 16, detectives of the Special Investigations Section, along with members of the Atlantic City Police Department’s SWAT Team, made a warranted search on the room in the firrt block of Convention Boulevard. Prior to the execution of the search warrant, ...

  8. Police Officers, Workers Hospitalized After Nitric Acid Leak At Trucking Firm: Report

    Police Officers, Workers Hospitalized After Nitric Acid Leak At Trucking Firm: Report

    Two police officers and at least two workers at a trucking firm in Middlesex County were hospitalized after a trailer thought to be filled with nitric acid leaked, NJ Advance Media reported.First responders including the county's hazardous materials team were called to Jimmy’s Trucking at 140 South Ave. in South Plainfield when the chemical spill was found at about 6:45 p.m. on ...

  9. 4 Indicted In Atlantic City Crackdown On Gang Violence

    4 Indicted In Atlantic City Crackdown On Gang Violence

    Four Atlantic City residents have been indicted on attempted murder and witness tampering charges in connection with a gang-related shooting that occurred on Friday, Aug. 12, authorities said.An investigation found that Armaad Brooks-Chappell, 20, Adresce Jones, 19, and a juvenile male co-conspirator, utilized a stolen vehicle and multiple firearms to coordinate a planned attack on a ...

  10. Leak That Stank Up Counties For A Week Has 'Fully Ceased,' South Jersey Officials Say

    Leak That Stank Up Counties For A Week Has 'Fully Ceased,' South Jersey Officials Say

    A chemical leak that stank up towns in several counties in South Jersey for a week has ceased, officials said.The TA Travel Center truck stop where the smell originated in a parked tanker truck has been reopened, according to the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management. (OEM)"The chemical reaction that took place in the vessel is believed to have fully ceased," the OEM said on ...

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