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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. Firefighters Battle Blaze On Jersey Shore

    Firefighters Battle Blaze On Jersey Shore

    First responders were called to a house fire in Ocean County, authorities said.Heavy fire was reported on the second floor of a three-story home at 459 Tamiami Drive in Lavallette about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, initial reports said.An unconfirmed report said that the home owner was rescued from the second floor. This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  2. Gloucester County Woman, 86, Killed In Crash

    Gloucester County Woman, 86, Killed In Crash

    An 86-year-old woman from Gloucester County was killed in a collision on Monday, authorities said.Maria Calabria of Sewell was a front-seat passenger in a two-car crash in Washington Township, who later died at the hospital. A car was traveling south on Delsea Drive in Washington Township near the intersection of Parke Place Boulevard when it collided with a car trying to make a ...

  3. Shooting, Slashing Investigated In Central Jersey

    Shooting, Slashing Investigated In Central Jersey

    Authorities in Monmouth County are investigating a shooting, and an unrelated stabbing, that sent victims to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. An unidentified person was shot about 1:30 p.m. at a Walmart parking lot on Route 66 in Neptune and then found a mile away near Rutgers Terrace.The victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune with a gunshot ...

  4. Jersey Shore Man Gets 8 Years State Prison For Armed Robbery At Lakewood Pharmacy

    Jersey Shore Man Gets 8 Years State Prison For Armed Robbery At Lakewood Pharmacy

    A Jersey Shore man was sentenced to eight years in state prison for stealing $130 during an armed robbery of a Lakewood pharmacy, authorities said.Elioenai Aguinaga, 32, of Lakewood, was sentenced on Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski, Aguinaga pleaded guilty to the robbery charge on Jan. 27, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. ...

  5. Burlington County Pair Arrested With Loaded Handguns, Hollow-Point Ammo, Heroin

    Burlington County Pair Arrested With Loaded Handguns, Hollow-Point Ammo, Heroin

    Two men from Burlington County have been arrested on numerous weapons and drug charges, authorities said.Kavon Carter, 23, of White Pine Court, and Sylas Young, 19, of Cornell Avenue were found in Sunbury Village with loaded handguns, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief David King.They also were charged with multiple drug offenses, ...

  6. Married Couple Used Jersey Shore Spa To Promote Prostitution, Launder Money, Authorities Say

    Married Couple Used Jersey Shore Spa To Promote Prostitution, Launder Money, Authorities Say

    A married couple from Toms River has been arrested for promoting prostitution and money laundering at a Jersey Shore spa, authorities said.Wayne Lefkowitz, 56, and Guihua Cui, 51, each were charged after a year-long investigation, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.Lefkowitz and Cui owned a business known as Spa 1800, on Lakewood Road in Toms River.Although the ...

  7. NYC Foursome Arrested In $10,000 Heist From Jersey Shore Beauty Shop

    NYC Foursome Arrested In $10,000 Heist From Jersey Shore Beauty Shop

    Four suspects from New York City have been arrested in connection with an attempted theft of nearly $10,000 in merchandise from a Jersey Shore beauty shop, authorities said.Toms River police say the foursome may be responsible for similar heists in the tri-state area. Toms River police responded to a call about a theft-in-progress at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday at Ulta Beauty shop and ...

  8. Jersey Shore Man Gets 2 Years Probation For Driving Over 5 Geese

    Jersey Shore Man Gets 2 Years Probation For Driving Over 5 Geese

    A 22-year-old man from Ocean County, who admitted intentionally driving over five geese, was sentenced to probation for animal cruelty, authorities said.In addition to 10 days of community service, Quintin Alec-Manning of Brick Township was sentenced to two years probation for the crime, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.The prosecutor's office had sought a ...

  9. Report: Convicted Ohio Killer Extradited To NJ Prison In 30-Year-Old Mercer County Murder Case

    Report: Convicted Ohio Killer Extradited To NJ Prison In 30-Year-Old Mercer County Murder Case

    Convicted killer John David Smith III has served 20 years in an Ohio prison for murdering his first wife.Now, Smith faces murder charges in South Jersey for killing his second wife, Fran Gladden-Smith, 30 years ago in West Windsor, according to news reports.Smith, who turned 70 on April 2, was extradited to Mercer County Correction Center to face new murder charges on Tuesday night, ...

  10. SEEN ANYTHING? 3 Atlantic City Teenagers Shot In Separate Incidents

    SEEN ANYTHING? 3 Atlantic City Teenagers Shot In Separate Incidents

    Atlantic City police seek the public's help with any tips about two weekend shootings.Three teenagers were wounded in the shootings that took place on Friday night and early Sunday, police said.On April 30 at 9:39 p.m., Atlantic City patrol officers were called to the 1500 block of Sewell Avenue for a ShotSpotter alert. They found a shooting victim, 17, of Atlantic City. On Sunday at ...

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