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Middlesex Daily Voice serves Edison, New Brunswick, North / South / East Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Sayreville & Woodbridge

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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. Jersey Shore Man, 29, Found Dead

    Jersey Shore Man, 29, Found Dead

    The body of the 29-year-old man from the Jersey Shore who went missing last Wednesday has been found.Michael Coppola, 29, of Union Beach, was last seen on Aug. 5 after leaving his home without his cellphone, authorities said.Family and friends confirmed via Facebook that Coppola was found dead on Monday afternoon. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office reported that he was found in his ...

  2. Homeless Man, 38, Murdered In South Jersey Cemetery

    Homeless Man, 38, Murdered In South Jersey Cemetery

    A homeless man was found slain in a cemetery in Egg Harbor Township, authorities said.A passerby found the body of Fausto Garcia, 38, about 3 p.m. on Thursday at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.An autopsy found the cause of death was blunt force cuts to the head and a deep incised wound to the neck, Tyner said.“With so much going on in our world ...

  3. Authorities: Neptune Township Man, 29, Arrested; Second Shooter At Large

    Authorities: Neptune Township Man, 29, Arrested; Second Shooter At Large

    A 29-year-old man from Neptune Township has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Asbury Park, authorities said.Ryan Taylor was charged with attempted murder, armed burglary and various weapons charges in the May shooting of Tykee Mitchell, 26, of Asbury Park, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said.A second suspect remains a fugitive. Asbury Park ...

  4. NJ Attorney General ID's Pennsylvania Man, 30, Fatally Shot By Multiple Police In South Jersey

    NJ Attorney General ID's Pennsylvania Man, 30, Fatally Shot By Multiple Police In South Jersey

    Authorities have released the name of the Pennsylvania man shot by police in Atlantic County last week.Amir Johnson, 30, of Wilkes Barre, PA, died as a result of police gunfire on Thursday, State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.Grewal's office is investigating the fatal police-involved shooting involving multiple officers from the Ventnor and Atlantic City police departments, he ...

  5. Police ID Howell 'Pop-Up' Party Host Who Violated NJ COVID-19 Crowd Limits

    Police ID Howell 'Pop-Up' Party Host Who Violated NJ COVID-19 Crowd Limits

    Authorities released the name of the "pop-up" party host who charged up to $40 admission to attend a gala that violated Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order limiting the size of gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.Ronald W. Chatman asked guests to pay  $30 to $40 apiece to join his illegal bash billed as the "Real Big Drip 5" on Wilson Drive in the Ramtown section of township, ...

  6. Driver Killed In U-Haul Truck Crash ID'd As Spotswood Woman, 53

    Driver Killed In U-Haul Truck Crash ID'd As Spotswood Woman, 53

    Marlboro police released the name of the driver who died on Monday after her car toppled a telephone pole and collided with a parked U-Haul truck.Donna Piegaro, 53, of Spotswood was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which closed Route 9 southbound for more than nine hours from Old Bridge to Manalapan Township, a Marlboro police spokesman said. The crash toppled a telephone ...

  7. Spotswood Driver, 53, Dies After Her Car Topples Telephone Pole, Collides With U-Haul Truck

    Spotswood Driver, 53, Dies After Her Car Topples Telephone Pole, Collides With U-Haul Truck

    UPDATED: An unidentified driver was killed on Monday afternoon when her car toppled a telephone pole and collided with a parked U-Haul truck, authorities said.Route 9 was closed in both directions in Marlboro and Manalapan townships after the fatal one-car crash at 1 p.m. toppled wires onto four other vehicles, a Marlboro police spokesman said. No one else was hurt, he said.The ...

  8. Mercer County Water Search Launched For Kayaker, Paddle Boarder

    Mercer County Water Search Launched For Kayaker, Paddle Boarder

    First responders were searching for two people in Mercer County after an empty kayak and paddle board were found near Washington Crossing State Park on Monday afternoon.The search began "south of the rapids" shortly before 3 p.m. near the 1300 block of River Road in Hopewell Township, according to initial reports.This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  9. Middlesex Man, 40, Arrested After Fiery Rollover DWI Crash Hurts 2 Adults, 2 Children

    Middlesex Man, 40, Arrested After Fiery Rollover DWI Crash Hurts 2 Adults, 2 Children

    A 40-year-old driver from South Brunswick has been arrested following a serious DWI rollover crash that sent four people to the hospital, authorities said.A 19-year-old Burlington County man suffered serious burns after his Blazer was rear-ended, rolled over and burst into flames on Saturday night, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and North Brunswick Police Department ...

  10. Fatal Crash Closes Route 9 In Marlboro, Telephone Pole Traps Driver, Drops Wires Onto 4 Cars

    Fatal Crash Closes Route 9 In Marlboro, Telephone Pole Traps Driver, Drops Wires Onto 4 Cars

    UPDATED: Route 9 was closed in both directions in Marlboro Township on Monday afternoon after a fatal crash toppled a telephone poll, authorities said.The driver of a Ford Edge -- which struck a telephone pole then crashed into a U-Haul truck that was parked in the U-Haul parking lot at 415 Route 9 South -- was pronounced dead at the scene, Marlboro police said. ALSO SEE: ...

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