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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 Flips Down In Ditch Off Garden State Parkway (DEVELOPING)

    Car Flips Down In Ditch Off Garden State Parkway (DEVELOPING)

    A car overturned and landed in a ditch off the Garden State Parkway, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The crash occurred before 5 p.m. on the parkway southbound near milepost 33 in Egg Harbor Township, initial reports said.The driver appeared to escape serious injury, an unconfirmed report said..CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  2. Teenager Accused Of Driving 100 MPH Before Fatal Crash: Police

    Teenager Accused Of Driving 100 MPH Before Fatal Crash: Police

    A 19-year-old driver from Gloucester County has been charged with death by auto in connection with a fatal crash, authorities said.Police say an investigation found that the driver was traveling more than 100 mph just before the crash.On Monday June 27, Monroe Township Police charged Tyler Proffitt of Turnersville, in connection with the crash that occurred on Feb. 25 on North  ...

  3. South Jersey Man Sought Sex With 15-Year-Old Boy: Police

    South Jersey Man Sought Sex With 15-Year-Old Boy: Police

    A 55-year-old man from Atlantic County has been arrested for luring/enticing after seeking to have sex with a boy, authorities said.Joseph M. Manzoni, of Ventnor City, was charged on June 22 after a monthlong investigation, according to Ventnor City Police.  On May 22, at 10:25 p.m., Ventnor police received a report from a subject who arrived at a pre-arranged location to meet ...

  4. Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Wins $100K At South Jersey ShopRite

    Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Wins $100K At South Jersey ShopRite

    One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $100,000 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Sunday, June 26, drawing.The winning numbers were: 02, 06, 28, 30 and 39 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 Shoprite #507, 1200 Chewslanding Rd., Laurel Springs in Camden ...

  5. NJ Powerball Lottery Player Wins $150K

    NJ Powerball Lottery Player Wins $150K

    One New Jersey Lottery ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball in the Saturday, June 25, drawing winning the $50,000 third-tier prize. That ticket was purchased with the Power Play option, multiplying the prize to $150,000. The ticket was sold at Shoprite #585, 14-22 Prospect Ave., East Brunswick in Middlesex County.The winning numbers for the Saturday, ...

  6. WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $726K

    WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $726K

    One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $726,337 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Saturday, June 25, drawing, state Lottery officials said.There also was a $100,000 winner in Camden County.The winning numbers were: 04, 13, 20, 33 and 44 and the XTRA number was: 02. The retailers will each receive a bonus check for $2,000 for selling the winning tickets. The ...

  7. Newest Wawa Opening In South Jersey

    Newest Wawa Opening In South Jersey

    A new Wawa store is opening this week in South Jersey.The store opens on Thursday, June 30 at 600 White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City.To mark the occasion, Wawa will host a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. with local officials, charity partners, customers and store associates.Thursday’s grand opening will honor local first responders from the Egg Harbor ...

  8. Wildfire In South Jersey Consumes 315 Acres, Fully Contained

    Wildfire In South Jersey Consumes 315 Acres, Fully Contained

    A wildfire in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Burlington and Ocean counties consumed at least 315 acres, but firefighters now have the blaze 100% contained, authorities said on Monday, June 27In addition, seven structures previously considered threatened by the forest fire in Manchester and Woodland townships are no longer in danger, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said on ...

  9. South Jersey Man Shot By Police Charged WIth Weapons Offenses: Prosecutor

    South Jersey Man Shot By Police Charged WIth Weapons Offenses: Prosecutor

    A South Jersey man who was shot by police last month has been charged with several weapons offenses, authorities said.Jalial Whitted, 37 of Absecon was charged in connection with a May 24 standoff with police in the 700 block of New Road in Absecon, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.Review of video surveillance showed Whitted displayed a gun inside the store, causing ...

  10. Wanted Fugitive Barricaded Himself Inside Atlantic City Home: Police

    Wanted Fugitive Barricaded Himself Inside Atlantic City Home: Police

    A wanted fugitive was arrested with the help of SWAT and the Bonb Squad after barricading himself inside a residence, authorities said.At approximately 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, detectives Darrin Lorady and Eric Evans of the Special Investigations Section were conducting an investigation at a residence in the 300 block of north Tennessee Avenue. While conducting their ...

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