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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. Wanted Man Caught By South Brunswick Police

    Wanted Man Caught By South Brunswick Police

    A man wanted in several Central Jersey communities was caught on Thursday, March 23, authorities said. Adam Zakaria, 25, of South Brunswick was arrested at about 4 p.m. thanks to tips from the public, police said.Police had circulated Zakaria's photo on Wednesday.He was arrested along Route 27 near Finnegans Lane, police said.He was wanted by the Middlesex County Prosecutors ...

  2. Man Sentenced To 63 Years In Fatal Gas Station Shooting

    Man Sentenced To 63 Years In Fatal Gas Station Shooting

    A Camden man was sentenced to 63 years in New Jersey State Prison in connection with a fatal shooting at a Camden gas station in 2020, authorities said.Cornell Tarte, 35, was previously found guilty at trial of murder in the shooting death of 45-year-old Michael Milton of Woodlynne. Tarte also was found guilty on weapons offenses, according to Camden County ...

  3. Car Flips, Burns Closing Route 70 In Toms River

    Car Flips, Burns Closing Route 70 In Toms River

    A car overturned and burst into flames prompting the closure of Route 70 in both directions in Toms River, authorities said.The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 near Massachusetts Avenue (Route 637), according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.The Lakewood Scoop, which reported serious injuries, posted a video of the fiery crash here. 

  4. 3 Arrested, 3 Handguns Seized In Atlantic City Drug Sweep

    3 Arrested, 3 Handguns Seized In Atlantic City Drug Sweep

    An investigation conducted by detectives in Atlantic City resulted in the arrest of three people and the recovery of guns and drugs, authorities said.A residential search warrant concluded an investigation into the possession of weapons and drugs inside a residence in the 1300 block of Magellan Avenue, Atlantic City police said.Dequay Belt, 20; Keisha Belt, 39, and Damarice Bennett, 36, ...

  5. Bandana-Wearing Masturbator Spotted On Homeowner's Somerset County Lawn

    Bandana-Wearing Masturbator Spotted On Homeowner's Somerset County Lawn

    A Somerset County resident complained of a man in a bandana masturbating on his front lawn, authorities said.Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald and other officials said similar indecent exposure crimes were reported last year in Hillsborough Township.The latest incident occurred on Meadowbrook Drive during the evening hours of Wednesday, March 22, McDonald said.At approximately ...

  6. South Jersey Man Admits Assault, Possessing Sawed-Off Shotgun

    South Jersey Man Admits Assault, Possessing Sawed-Off Shotgun

    A 36-year-old man has admitted to assault during a domestic dispute and to illegally owning a sawed-off shotgun, authorities said.On Thursday, March 23, Joseph Ferante, of Hamilton Township, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and unlawful possession of the weapon, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Ferante was arrested on Sept. 9, 2021, when police ...

  7. Cherry Hill Mom Was Walking Dog, Son Was In Shower When Fire Broke Out, Loved Ones Say

    Cherry Hill Mom Was Walking Dog, Son Was In Shower When Fire Broke Out, Loved Ones Say

    A family from Cherry Hill lost their home in a fire last weekend, but the community is rallying to help them.Nearly $10,000 has been raised for Anya Rozenblit and her family, who lost everything when the fire destroyed their home. A GoFundMe campaign has been organized by Anya's friend, Lyann Figueroa.Figueroa wrote: "On the afternoon of Saturday, March 18, she was out walking ...

  8. Police Look For Gunman In East Brunswick Apartment Shooting

    Police Look For Gunman In East Brunswick Apartment Shooting

    A 36-year-old man is wanted by police in Central Jersey in connection with a random shooting in an apartment parking lot, authorities said.The incident took place at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. No one was hurt.The gunman was identified as Kyle Johnson of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, East Brunswick police said.Johnson reportedly fled in a blueish-green Dodge ...

  9. Student Struck By Car In Lakewood

    Student Struck By Car In Lakewood

    An 18-year-old student was struck by a car after exiting a school bus late Wednesday, March 22 in Lakewood, authorities said.The incident occurred at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Courtney Road, Lakewood police said.The school bus was traveling south on Madison Avenue prior to the driver activating its flashing red lights, police said.After coming to a stop at the northwest ...

  10. Authorities ID Woman, 73, Killed In Manchester House Fire

    Authorities ID Woman, 73, Killed In Manchester House Fire

    Authorities have identified the woman killed in a house fire in Machester earlier this week.Katarina Seboova, 73, was identified as the victim of the Sunday, March 19 fire on Huron Street, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. BillhimerThe Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office performed a post-mortem examination of Seboova. The examination concluded that Seboova’s ...

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