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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. Egg Harbor Teenager Seriously Hurt Diving Into Shallow Pond

    Egg Harbor Teenager Seriously Hurt Diving Into Shallow Pond

    A teenager from Egg Harbor Township was seriously injured last weekend, after diving into shallow water in Hamilton Township, authorities said.First responders were called to the Gravelly Run Sand Wash at 7:44 p.m. on Saturday, Hamilton police said in a statement.The 19-year-old victim got injured in the water near Ocean Heights Avenue and Somers Point Mays Landing Road, police ...

  2. Firefighters, EMS Respond To 4-Car Wreck, Entrapment On Garden State Parkway In Central Jersey

    Firefighters, EMS Respond To 4-Car Wreck, Entrapment On Garden State Parkway In Central Jersey

    First responders from Woodbridge Township were called to a four-car, rush-hour wreck on the Garden State Parkway, authorities said.The Tuesday afternoon crash was at mile-marker 131, and at least one person was trapped in their vehicle, according to initial unconfirmed reports. Firefighters and police were called about 4 p.m.One victim was being transported to Robert Wood Johnson ...

  3. Brick Police Seize 250 Folds Of Heroin, Arrest Trio On Multiple Drug Charges

    Brick Police Seize 250 Folds Of Heroin, Arrest Trio On Multiple Drug Charges

    A pair of Ocean County police departments teamed up on a series of arrests involving heroin, crack, marijuana and other illegal drugs, authorities said.Over the past two weeks, detectives from the Brick Township Police Department Street Crimes Unit worked alongside detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force in a joint investigation.Detectives ...

  4. WINNER: $100K Lottery Ticket Sold In Atlantic City

    WINNER: $100K Lottery Ticket Sold In Atlantic City

    The winning lottery ticket for Monday’s $100,000 Jersey Cash 5 drawing was sold at Central Pier $.99 Cents Outlet in Atlantic City.The lucky jackpot winner matched all five numbers drawn after making the lucky purchase at the store at 1408 Boardwalk, New Jersey Lottery officials said in a statement.Monday’s winning numbers were: 21, 24, 25, 27, and 45. The XTRA number was: 04.The ...

  5. NOAA: Endangered Whale Struck By 2 Vessels Off Jersey Shore

    NOAA: Endangered Whale Struck By 2 Vessels Off Jersey Shore

    The right whale calf found floating off the Jersey Shore last week had evidence of at least two separate vessel collisions, federal authorities said.The carcass of the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species, was spotted on Thursday by an aerial survey team from the Center for Coastal studies off the coast of Elberon (part of Long Branch), the National Oceanic ...

  6. NYC Man Convicted In Killing Of Apparent Toms River Drug Dealer

    NYC Man Convicted In Killing Of Apparent Toms River Drug Dealer

    UPDATED: A New York City man was found guilty after a jury trial on Monday in the 2018 killing of a drug dealer from Ocean County, authorities said.Anthony Barksdale, 26, also known as Shakar Barksdale and previously from Seaside Heights, was convicted in the fatal shooting of Steven E. Stallworth, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said in a statement.Stallworth, 30, of ...

  7. WINNER: $626K Lottery Ticket Sold On Jersey Shore

    WINNER: $626K Lottery Ticket Sold On Jersey Shore

    The winning lottery ticket for Sunday’s $625,590 Jersey Cash 5 drawing was sold at Bay Avenue Farm store in Ocean County.The jackpot winner matched all five numbers drawn after making the lucky purchase at 93 East Bay Ave. in Manahawkin, New Jersey Lottery officials said in a statement.Sunday’s winning numbers were: 01, 06, 17, 19, and 43. The XTRA number was: 04. The Bay Avenue ...

  8. Deer, Bicyclist Collide In Central Jersey

    Deer, Bicyclist Collide In Central Jersey

    Firefighters, police and EMS crews were called to 234 Millstone Road on a report of a bicyclist colliding with a deer, authorities said.The bicyclist was reported semi-conscious after the crash about 10:30 a.m. in Millstone Township, according to initial, unconfirmed reports.This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES,

  9. Motorcyclist Killed, 2 Others Hurt In South Jersey Crashes

    Motorcyclist Killed, 2 Others Hurt In South Jersey Crashes

    One motorcyclist was killed and two others were injured in separate crashes early Sunday morning in Burlington County, authorities said.Alexander Halsey, 45, of Forked River was heading north on Route 206 with a group of motorcyclists near the Comfort Inn Hotel in Bordentown when he lost control of his 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle just before 12:30 p.m., Bordentown police said.Halsey ...

  10. First Responders Called To Crash Closing Route 1 In Mercer County

    First Responders Called To Crash Closing Route 1 In Mercer County

    EMS, firefighters and police were responding to a crash which trapped at least two people late Friday afternoon, authorities said.First responders were called to Route 1 at Franklin Corner Road in Lawrenceville about 4:30 p.m. Route 1 was closed in both directions.At least two people had to be extricated from a vehicle, according to initial, unconfirmed reports.This is a developing news ...

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