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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. HERO: NJ State Police Officer Saves Unconscious Man At Garden State Parkway Service Area

    HERO: NJ State Police Officer Saves Unconscious Man At Garden State Parkway Service Area

    A New Jersey State Trooper performed life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a 44-year-old man who collapsed and stopped breathing at a service area on the Garden State Parkway in Central Jersey, authorities said.At about 5 p.m. on Friday, Trooper John Taggart, of Troop “D” Holmdel Station, was dispatched to a 9-1-1 call for a man who reportedly suffered a medical ...

  2. Prosecutor: Armed Jersey Shore Man Robbed Lakewood Pharmacy

    Prosecutor: Armed Jersey Shore Man Robbed Lakewood Pharmacy

    A 32-year-old man from Ocean County has admitted to robbing a pharmacy, authorities said.Elioenai Aguinaga of Lakewood pleaded guilty to the armed robbery last March, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer At the time of his sentencing on March 24 before Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski, the State will be seeking a state prison term of eight ...

  3. Fatal Fire Reported In Central Jersey

    Fatal Fire Reported In Central Jersey

    First responders in Mercer County were called to a report of a fatal fire, authorities said.The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon at 113 Beacon Ave. in Ewing Township, according to initial reports. An unconfirmed report said a victim of the fire was pronounced dead at an area hospital. This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  4. HEROES: Good Samaritans Rescue Woman Trapped In Overturned SUV

    HEROES: Good Samaritans Rescue Woman Trapped In Overturned SUV

    Numerous motorists rushed to an overturned SUV to rescue an injured South Jersey driver on Wednesday, authorities said.A 2000 Nissan X-terra drivne by Marleny Taborda, 64, Egg Harbor Township, was traveling east on the Black Horse Pike through a red light at the intersection of Tilton Road when her SUV collided with a 2020 Ram Pro-master van driven by Edwin Watts, 75, years of Somers ...

  5. Prosecutor: Ocean County Man Admits Role In Fatal Alcohol-Related Crash

    Prosecutor: Ocean County Man Admits Role In Fatal Alcohol-Related Crash

    A 24-year-old man from Ocean County has admitted to causing the death of a passenger in his car while driving drunk, authorities said.Jeydon Lowe of Barnegat pleaded guilty on Wednesday to vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.When Lowe is sentenced before Superior Court Judge Linda G. Baxter on March ...

  6. NJ District Closes Aging Schools, 150 Employees Face Layoffs

    NJ District Closes Aging Schools, 150 Employees Face Layoffs

    Four of Camden’s oldest school buildings will close permanently at the end of the school year as part of the district’s reorganization plan, officials said. City of Camden officials have said they can no longer afford to teach less than 6,350 students at 19 different schools, in a district that used to educate nearly double that.Cramer School, Harry C. Sharp Elementary School, ...

  7. Atlantic City PD: Teen Armed Robber Returned To Purse-Snatching Scene

    Atlantic City PD: Teen Armed Robber Returned To Purse-Snatching Scene

    Atlantic City police caught an armed robbery suspect after he returned to the scene of a purse snatching, authorities said.A juvenile male was arrested after returning to the area where an armed robbery was committed, according to Lt. Kevin Fair, a police department spokesman.At 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, patrol officers responded to Sovereign and Atlantic Avenues for a report of a ...

  8. ICE ALERT: Numerous Crashes On Garden State Parkway

    ICE ALERT: Numerous Crashes On Garden State Parkway

    New Jersey State Police were responding to numerous reports of crashes due to ice on the Garden State Parkway, authorities said.Crashes due to poor weather were being reported between mile-marker 112 and mile-marker 100 in Tinton Falls, according to initial reports on Tuesday afternoon.South and northbound inner and outer lanes are all affected due to icing in Monmouth County, reports ...

  9. SEEN HIM? Middlesex Man Suspected Of Torching Vehicle

    SEEN HIM? Middlesex Man Suspected Of Torching Vehicle

    Authorities in Central Jersey are looking for a man and sedan involved in torching another vehicle.Photos of the arson suspect were released on Tuesday by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Woodbridge Police Director Robert Hubner On Nov. 26 at 1:48 A.M., Woodbridge police were called to South Harrison Avenue about a vehicle on fire, they said.A masked ...

  10. Prosecutor: South Jersey Pair Caused Fatal Fentanyl-Heroin Overdose

    Prosecutor: South Jersey Pair Caused Fatal Fentanyl-Heroin Overdose

    Two men from South Jersey have been indicted in connection with a fatal overdose in 2018 of an Atlantic County man, authorities said.An Atlantic County Grand Jury returned an indictment last week charging Emery Chapman, 39, of Pleasantville and Brian Whitted, 56, of Galloway Township with first-degree strict liability for a drug related death, conspiracy, possession with intent to ...

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