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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. Lakewood Rescuers Free Construction Worker Who Fell 15 Feet

    Lakewood Rescuers Free Construction Worker Who Fell 15 Feet

    Rescuers freed a worker who fell 15 feet at a Lakewood construction site Friday morning, authorities said.Rescuers who responded to the 8 a.m. call at the site off Attaya Road used a Stokes basket to secure and left the worker out, Lakewood Fire Chief Mike D'Elia Jr. said.A chopper flew the worker to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment of what Lakewood EMS Chief Crystal Van de ...

  2. UPDATE: More Jersey Shore Beaches, Boardwalks Close Amid Coronavirus Fears

    UPDATE: More Jersey Shore Beaches, Boardwalks Close Amid Coronavirus Fears

    UPDATE: Asbury Park, Island Heights, Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean City, Sea Girt and Spring Lake are closing down their boardwalks to stop the spread of coronavirus. Island Heights, Lavellette and Ocean Heights closed their beaches, joining Seaside Heights. The boardwalk in Seaside Heights remains open -- for now.New Jersey issued an executive order Tuesday giving towns the option ...

  3. Officials: Two Princeton Seniors Latest NJ Nursing Home Residents Killed By Coronavirus

    Officials: Two Princeton Seniors Latest NJ Nursing Home Residents Killed By Coronavirus

    Two Princeton nursing home residents died of complications from coronavirus, increasing the number who've been killed in New Jersey, authorities said Friday.Four more patients at Atrium Post Acute Care of Princeton also tested positive for the virus, the long-term facility said in a statement.Atrium officials said they banned visitors and said they're working with state health officials ...

  4. SEEN HER? North Brunswick Police Pursue Mall Thief

    SEEN HER? North Brunswick Police Pursue Mall Thief

    North Brunswick police sought the public's help pursuing a purse snatcher who they said went on a shopping spree with stolen credit cards.Store camera images show a Volvo XC that police in a Facebook post said the suspect might be driving.The thief charged up more than $1,000 on the stolen cards at the Cherry Hill Mall and Neshimany Mall in Bensalem, PA on Feb. 25, they said."If THIS IS ...

  5. COVID-19: Lakewood Police Crash Another Wedding

    COVID-19: Lakewood Police Crash Another Wedding

    Lakewood police cited yet another Jersey Shore wedding host for holding a large gathering during the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said.Officers responding to another call Thursday saw 40 or so people gathered on Wayne Street, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said Friday.They issued a summons to local resident William Katzenstein, 39, for "violating any rule or regulation ...

  6. Mom Cites 'Incredible' Support For COVID-19 Patient, 25, Ex-College Lacrosse All-American

    Mom Cites 'Incredible' Support For COVID-19 Patient, 25, Ex-College Lacrosse All-American

    A 25-year-old tristate area novel coronavirus (COVID-19) victim whose mother's quest to get him an experimental drug went viral was airlifted to an intensive care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she told Daily Voice on Wednesday. March 25.Genny Allard of Ridgewood, New Jersey is hoping doctors will treat her son, former college lacrosse standout Jack Allard ...

  7. Lakewood PD: Liquor Store Customer Denied Cigarettes Coughs, Claims He Has Coronavirus

    Lakewood PD: Liquor Store Customer Denied Cigarettes Coughs, Claims He Has Coronavirus

    Police arrested a Lakewood man who they said deliberately coughed inside a liquor store and claimed he had coronavirus after the clerk refused to sell him cigarettes.Officers responding to an emergency call from the Pine Cone Liquor Store on Second Street caught up to Juan Gomez Sanchez, 25, and asked whether he needed medical help, police said. They charged him with disorderly ...

  8. VIDEO: Pickup Plunges Into Monmouth Reservoir

    VIDEO: Pickup Plunges Into Monmouth Reservoir

    A pickup truck had to be pulled from a Monmouth County reservoir on Thursday.Two occupants from Toms River escaped without injury after the truck fell into the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell Township during a boat launch, police said.The Squankum Fire Dive Team secured straps so Certified Auto could tow it out.For some reason, the driver put the pickup into reverse after the boat was in ...

  9. Howell PD: Drug Dealer's False Report Led To Unwarranted Traffic Stop

    Howell PD: Drug Dealer's False Report Led To Unwarranted Traffic Stop

    A suspected drug dealer was out for revenge when he made an unfounded call that caused Howell police to stop an innocent family, authorities said. Frederick T. Esposito, 32, surrendered to face charges of causing a false alarm and making false reports to law enforcement, Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick posted on Facebook Wednesday.The charges stem from a Feb. 8 report that ...

  10. Spread, Testing Results Push NJ Coronavirus Cases To 6,876, With 19 New Deaths Reported

    Spread, Testing Results Push NJ Coronavirus Cases To 6,876, With 19 New Deaths Reported

    The total number of coronavirus cases reported in New Jersey surged by 2,492 on Thursday -- the highest total for a single day since the first case was reported earlier this month.Another 19 deaths were reported, bringing the state total to 81, Gov. Phil Murphy said.With the number of total positive COVID-19 cases reported in New Jersey shooting to 6,876, "the need for ...

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