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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. 'Gut Wrenching': East Brunswick Neighbors Raise Money For Grieving Dad After Drowning

    'Gut Wrenching': East Brunswick Neighbors Raise Money For Grieving Dad After Drowning

    East Brunswick neighbors are rallying for a local dad mourning the loss of his wife, daughter and father, who drowned in their backyard pool earlier this week.More than $28,700 had been raised as of Friday afternoon for Akash Patel on a GoFundMe, organized by Sarah Grabowski.Funds from the page will go toward funeral services for Akash's wife Nisha Patel, 33, father Bharat ...

  2. Bronx Foursome Foiled By Central Jersey Woman, 77, In 'Grandparent Scam'

    Bronx Foursome Foiled By Central Jersey Woman, 77, In 'Grandparent Scam'

    Three men and a woman from the Bronx were arrested after calling a 77-year-old woman from Monmouth County to say her grandson needed bail money, authorities said.After the caller told the elderly woman that people would come pick up the money at her house -- and that she shouldn’t tell anyone -- the unidentified senior citizen called her grandson to confirm he had not been arrested, ...

  3. Woodbridge Teenager Charged With Assault, Eluding After Serious Crash

    Woodbridge Teenager Charged With Assault, Eluding After Serious Crash

    A teenager from Middlesex County has been arrested in connection with a serious two-car crash that sent two people to the hospital on Wednesday, authorities said.Gregory Kazdan, 18, of the Fords section of Woodbridge was charged with eluding police and aggravated assault, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Old Bridge Police Chief William ...

  4. Monmouth Prosecutor: South Jersey Man Stole $178K In Payroll Checks

    Monmouth Prosecutor: South Jersey Man Stole $178K In Payroll Checks

    A Burlington County man is accused of stealing $178,058 from his employer by cashing payroll checks for seasonal employees who were not actually working during the pay periods, authorities said.Edwin Montanez, 62, of Willingboro, was charged with theft of moveable property during a six-year time frame, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a ...

  5. Seaside Heights Police, Ocean Sheriff's Chase Fugitive Who Left Revolver In Stolen Newark Car

    Seaside Heights Police, Ocean Sheriff's Chase Fugitive Who Left Revolver In Stolen Newark Car

    A suspect in a stolen car, chased by police in Seaside Heights early Wednesday, remains at large, authorities said.The brief pursuit exceeding 50 mph resulted in a crash into a second vehicle and a building on Central Avenue near Sumner and Franklin, a law enforcement source confirmed.The Ocean County Sheriff's Department responded with a K-9 unit, but the source said the driver of the ...

  6. Lakewood EMS, Police Respond To Pit Bull Attack

    Lakewood EMS, Police Respond To Pit Bull Attack

    Lakewood-area EMS and police responded to a report of a pit bull biting a person, authorities said.One victim was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City with a serious bite to the shoulder, according to initial unconfirmed reports.The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Ronald Road in Lakewood.This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

  7. Authorities: East Brunswick Drowning Victims Did Not Know How To Swim In 7-Foot Deep End

    Authorities: East Brunswick Drowning Victims Did Not Know How To Swim In 7-Foot Deep End

    Authorities trying to tamp down rumors about the drowning of three family members in East Brunswick Monday have released new details about their accidental deaths.Neither Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel nor her 8-year-old daughter knew how to swim, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and East Brunswick Police Chief Frank ...

  8. Middlesex EMS, Firefighters Respond To Route 9 Crash

    Middlesex EMS, Firefighters Respond To Route 9 Crash

    Firefighters, EMS and police were responding to a crash with at least one person trapped in the vehicle in Old Bridge Township, authorities said.Shortly before 4 p.m., first responders were called to Route 9 at Perrine Road for a motor vehicle crash, according to initial reports.No other details were availableThis is a developing news story.CHECK BACK WITH DAILY VOICE FOR UPDATES.

  9. NJ Cracks Down On Crowded Jersey Shore Bars As COVID-19 Cases Rise Among Youngest Patrons

    NJ Cracks Down On Crowded Jersey Shore Bars As COVID-19 Cases Rise Among Youngest Patrons

    Concern remains for loosening COVID-19 restrictions too fast as New Jersey continues to "open up" bars, restaurants and other businesses.Gov. Phil Murphy and Col. Patrick Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, have voiced worries about the widespread lack of social distancing at Jersey Shore boardwalks and its bars and clubs.ABC-TV Eyewitness News and other media ...

  10. State Police ID East Brunswick Driver, 86, Killed In Central Jersey Crash

    State Police ID East Brunswick Driver, 86, Killed In Central Jersey Crash

    UPDATED: State police released the name of the driver killed in a one-car crash on Tuesday in Millstone Township.Raymond Sasson, 86, of East Brunswick was killed when his car went off the road about 3:18 p.m., said Sgt. Lawrence Peele, a state police spokesman.Sasson was driving a Buick Century on Carrs Tavern Road when he ran off the roadway and into several ...

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