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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. Report: Woodbridge Police Dispatcher Resigns After Racist Facebook Remark

    Report: Woodbridge Police Dispatcher Resigns After Racist Facebook Remark

    A dispatcher with the Woodbridge Township Police Department resigned after he was suspended for posting a racist comment on Facebook, according to media reports.Marc Repace was immediately suspended once the department confirmed the incident had occurred, NJ.com reports. Repace submitted his resignation Monday after his Facebook remarks came to light, the article says.The dispatcher ...

  2. 'Your Mother Sent Me:' Man In Van Lures Jackson Boy, 11

    'Your Mother Sent Me:' Man In Van Lures Jackson Boy, 11

    Police seek the public's help in locating a suspect in a luring incident, authorities said.An 11-year-old boy said that he was approached by a man in a gray mini-van about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jackson police said in a statement.The child was walking along Woodlane Road near Wisconsin Driver when the driver stopped, rolled down his window and said the boy's mother had sent him to pick the ...

  3. Huge Number Of NJ Protests Peaceful, Powerful, Only Trenton, Atlantic City Get Riotous

    Huge Number Of NJ Protests Peaceful, Powerful, Only Trenton, Atlantic City Get Riotous

    Nearly all of the protests in New Jersey this weekend over the death of George Floyd were peaceful -- with authorities joining the demonstrators to help underscore their message, although were damaging enough to steal the spotlight.What had been a peaceful protest that included police officers kneeling in solidarity in Trenton later erupted into more than 1,000 rioters rampaging through ...

  4. Authorities: Pemberton Man Gets 20 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault On 'Courageous' Girl

    Authorities: Pemberton Man Gets 20 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault On 'Courageous' Girl

    A 41-year-old man from Pemberton was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a young girl last year, authorities said.Erick Gentner, of the Browns Mills section of the township, must serve all 20 years before becoming eligible for parole, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a statement.Upon his release from prison, Gentner is required to have parole ...

  5. 10 Charged In NJ Mortgage Fraud Scheme That Swindled Low Income Buyers Out Of Thousands

    10 Charged In NJ Mortgage Fraud Scheme That Swindled Low Income Buyers Out Of Thousands

    Ten people including two at large have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme that included racketeering, theft, tampering with records and money laundering across Essex County, authorities said.Between 2016 and 2019, the individuals recruited unsuspecting buyers for investment properties in Newark, East Orange, and Irvington, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II ...

  6. Clothes Dryer Fire Spreads In Manchester Mobile Home Park

    Clothes Dryer Fire Spreads In Manchester Mobile Home Park

    Manchester area firefighters, police and EMS crews were called to Pine Acres Manor mobile home park late Friday morning, authorities said.The original emergency call at about 11 a.m. was for a clothes dryer on fire at 1881 Route 37 West, according to an alert by Manchester police. The fire quickly spread to a structure and vehicle, according to initial, unconfirmed reports. The ...

  7. Don't Toss That Envelope From Omaha -- It Has Your Federal Stimulus Prepaid Debit Card

    Don't Toss That Envelope From Omaha -- It Has Your Federal Stimulus Prepaid Debit Card

    If a plain white envelope from Omaha, Nebraska arrives in the mail, don’t throw it away. It may be your federal stimulus payment.Last week, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department began mailing Economic Impact Payments as prepaid debit cards. In addition to a P.O. Box in Omaha, the return address says the letter is from "Money Network Cardholder Services."Nearly 4 million Americans ...

  8. Firefighters Respond To Barnegat Blaze

    Firefighters Respond To Barnegat Blaze

    Firefighters, police and EMS responded to a structure fire in Barnegat Township late Thursday, authorities said.First responders were called to the two-alarm blaze on the 100 block of Barnegat Boulevard at about 5:20 p.m.This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

  9. Tuesday Morning Retailer Struck By Coronavirus Closing 7 NJ Stores

    Tuesday Morning Retailer Struck By Coronavirus Closing 7 NJ Stores

    Home goods retailer Tuesday Morning is the latest national outlet to seek bankruptcy protection, company officials said.Tuesday Morning's closing is a result of the "immense strain of the COVID-19 pandemic," the Dallas-based retail chain said in a statement. At least seven Tuesday Morning stores in New Jersey will close as a result of the bankruptcy. The discount home retailer has ...

  10. Prosecutor: Beachwood Man Caught With Hundreds Of Child Porn Images Surrenders

    Prosecutor: Beachwood Man Caught With Hundreds Of Child Porn Images Surrenders

    A Beachwood man turned himself into police after he was found with 300 child porn images, authorities said.Robert Naumann, 37, was charged with possession of child pornography, First Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Michael T. Nolan, Jr. said in a statement on Thursday.Naumann turned himself into law enforcement.on Tuesday "following an investigation into alleged acts of sexual ...

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