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

Pair Beat Man Then Set His Belongings On Fire At Rutgers, Campus Police Say Pair Beat Man Then Set His Belongings On Fire At Rutgers, Campus Police Say
Pair Beat Man Then Set His Belongings On Fire At Rutgers, Campus Police Say A man was beaten and his belongings were set on fire near the Rutgers University campus, authorities said. Two New Brunswick men were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the 2:30 p.m. Sunday attack, according to the Rutgers University Police Department. The attack reportedly followed a verbal dispute at a New Brunswick business earlier Sunday. The attackers allegedly followed the man near the Center for Vector Biology at 180 Jones Ave. at the edge of the Rutgers University campus and hit him with a blunt object, police said. The victim was not affiliated with Rutgers, they said. As the vict…
Passenger Critically Hurt In Route 1 West Windsor Crash Passenger Critically Hurt In Route 1 West Windsor Crash
Passenger Critically Hurt In Route 1 West Windsor Crash A 39-year-old woman from Pennington was critically injured in a crash on Route 1 in West Windsor, authorities said. On Wednesday, Feb. 28 at about 2:20 p.m., West Windsor police responded to a single-car crash on Route 1 South just south of Carnegie Center Blvd. The vehicle that crashed was reported to have struck a pole and was in the roadway, West Windsor police said. A preliminary investigation found that the Honda was traveling south when it veered off of the roadway and struck a telephone pole, police said. After hitting the pole, the Honda spun back onto the highway where it cam…
Megabus Passenger Files Suit After Double Fatal NJ Turnpike Crash Megabus Passenger Files Suit After Double Fatal NJ Turnpike Crash
Megabus Passenger Files Suit After Double Fatal NJ Turnpike Crash Yet another lawsuit has been filed in the double-fatal Megabus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge in 2022, according to court records. A passenger on the Megabus that crashed killing two passengers and injuring 17 others, has filed a lawsuit against the bus company and its driver, Eric Naughton of Westville. Kimberly Clay, of Manhattan, claims she suffered incapacitating injuries after Naughton was allegedly speeding.  According to her lawsuit, filed on Jan. 24 in Superior Court of Middlesex County, Clay says Naughton "operated the subject bus in a reckless, willful a…
Newly Minted Millionaire: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $2M In South Jersey Newly Minted Millionaire: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $2M In South Jersey
Newly Minted Millionaire: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $2M In South Jersey There is a new millionaire in South Jersey. One lucky Powerball lottery ticket matched five of the five white balls for the Wednesday, Feb. 28, drawing. The ticket won a $1 million second-tier prize. The ticket was purchased with the Power Play option, multiplying the win to $2 million, state Lottery officials said. The winning ticket was sold at Smoker’s Outlet, 123 W. Clements Bridge, Runnemede in Camden County. The winning numbers for the Wednesday, Feb. 28, drawing were: 16, 26, 29, 38 and 50. The Red Power Ball number was 06. The Power Play was 2X.  The Powerball jackpot rolls …
Trenton Man, 45, Shot Dead On Porch: Prosecutor Trenton Man, 45, Shot Dead On Porch: Prosecutor
Trenton Man, 45, Shot Dead On Porch: Prosecutor A 45-year-old man from Trenton was found fatally wounded on a porch, authorities said. No arrests had been made, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. Shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 28, Trenton police responded to a shooting in progress at 428 Ardmore Ave.  Police found an unresponsive male victim on the porch suffering from a gunshot wound, Onofri said. The victim has been identified as Shawn Moore. He was pronounced dead at that location a short time later, Onofri said. The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is a…
WILD RIDE: Driver Drags Police Officer, Strikes Pedestrian At Wawa In South Jersey WILD RIDE: Driver Drags Police Officer, Strikes Pedestrian At Wawa In South Jersey
Wild Ride: Driver Drags Police Officer, Strikes Pedestrian At Wawa In South Jersey A 40-year-old Cumberland County took police on a wild pursuit that included dragging a police officer with his car and striking a pedestrian at a Wawa, authorities said. The driver, Jacob D. Griffiths, 40, of Bridgeton, ultimately was charged with multiple counts of eluding, aggravated assault, obstruction and hindering apprehension, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office. The pursuit started on Bluebird Lane in Millville at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 when an officer was investigating a report of a robbery in Vineland. Griffiths sped off with a woman in the car, the pr…
Driver, 29, Killed In Head-On Route 77 Crash In Upper Deerfield Driver, 29, Killed In Head-On Route 77 Crash In Upper Deerfield
Driver, 29, Killed In Head-On Route 77 Crash In Upper Deerfield A 29-year-old man from Cumberland County was killed in a head-on crash along Route 77, authorities said. Troopers responded to the crash at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 southbound in Upper Deerfield Township, according to Troy McNair, a New Jersey State Police spokesman. Dakota Kott, of Upper Deerfield Township, was killed in the crash, Trooper McNair said. Kott was driving a 2017 Nissan passenger car south on Route 77 and a 2016 Nissan passenger car was traveling northbound near milepost 5, McNair said. Kott crossed over into the northbound lanes and collided with the 2016 Nissan head-on…
Firefighter Battling Rare Blood Disease Sees Support In Williamstown Firefighter Battling Rare Blood Disease Sees Support In Williamstown
Firefighter Battling Rare Blood Disease Sees Support In Williamstown A South Jersey community is rallying to support a longtime firefighter diagnosed with a rare blood disease. Greg Emick, a 25-year firefighter and past captain with the Williamstown Fire Company No. 1, was recently diagnosed with Rosai-Dorfman Disease (RDD), according to a GoFundMe campaign. Emick was moved upon learning that a campaign had been established for him. "When you've been in emergency services for over 25 years, sometimes you take for granted the impact you've had on people's lives," he tells Daily Voice.  "The roles have reversed where the provider has become the patient.…
7-11 Robbed By Armed Suspect On Route 9 In Central Jersey 7-11 Robbed By Armed Suspect On Route 9 In Central Jersey
7-11 Robbed By Armed Suspect On Route 9 In Central Jersey A man with a handgun robbed a 7-11 store along Route 9 in Old Bridge, authorities said. The robbery occurred at about 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to Old Bridge police spokesman Captain Michael J. Snee. Upon their arrival at the store located at 1189 Route 9, police found the robbery victim was an employee, Snee said. During the robbery, the suspect showed a handgun, Snee said. Snee did not say what or how much was stolen. This investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Phil Belgio of the Old Bridge Police Department at…
Cumberland County Man Killed In Route 77 Salem County Crash Cumberland County Man Killed In Route 77 Salem County Crash
Cumberland County Man Killed In Route 77 Salem County Crash A 29-year-old driver from Millville was killed and his passenger from Bridgeton was seriously hurt in a crash in Salem County, authorities said. Troopers responded to the single-car crash at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 on Route 77 in Upper Pittsgrove Township, according to New Jersey State Police spokesman Troy McNair. Based on a preliminary investigation, a Chevy passenger vehicle was traveling southbound In the area of milepost 10.1, Trooper McNair said. The driver lost directional control, ran off the roadway to the right and subsequently struck a utility pole, McNair said. As a re…
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