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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. Howell PD: Freehold Pair Nabbed With Help From K9 Vito

    Howell PD: Freehold Pair Nabbed With Help From K9 Vito

    A teenage driver was captured with help from a Howell Police Department K9 after trying to flee on foot, authorities said.The 17-year-old boy was spotted driving erratically on Route 9 near Aldrich Road when police tried to stop him about 1:50 a.m. on Monday, Howell police said in a statement.The driver pulled onto the road's shoulder but suddenly accelerated entering the Freewood ...

  2. Authorities: East Brunswick Drowning Victims Did Not Know How To Swim In 7-Foot Deep End

    Authorities: East Brunswick Drowning Victims Did Not Know How To Swim In 7-Foot Deep End

    Authorities trying to tamp down rumors about the drowning of three family members in East Brunswick Monday have released new details about their accidental deaths.Neither Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel nor her 8-year-old daughter knew how to swim, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and East Brunswick Police Chief Frank LoSacco ...

  3. Motorcyclist Airlifted After Manchester Crash

    Motorcyclist Airlifted After Manchester Crash

    A motorcyclist was airlifted to an area hospital on Tuesday after a crash in Manchester, authorities said.The crash occurred about 10:20 a.m. on Lacey Road, Manchester Township police said. No other details were immediately available.This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

  4. Rutgers Football Scarlet Knights Test Positive For Coronavirus

    Rutgers Football Scarlet Knights Test Positive For Coronavirus

    At least two players on the Rutgers University football team have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said.Scarlet Knights players returned to campus for voluntary workouts in Piscataway earlier this month and were receiving health screenings including saliva tests and temperature checks, they said.The university confirmed that one athlete tested positive in a screening before ...

  5. Marlboro Crash Leaves Thousands Without Power

    Marlboro Crash Leaves Thousands Without Power

    About 2,000 Marlboro residents were without power on Tuesday after a serious car crash, authorities said.First responders were called to Texas and Greenwood roads about 8:15 a.m to rescue a trapped driver, Marlboro police said. There were no immediate details on the driver's injuries.Live wires dangled on top of the vehicle, which left thousands of neighborhood homes without electricity ...

  6. South Jersey Man, 31, Charged With DWI, Racing

    South Jersey Man, 31, Charged With DWI, Racing

    A man from Egg Harbor City was arrested on multiple charges Monday after racing on the shoulder of Route 30 and crashing, authorities said.Vishal H. Patel, 31, was charged with DWI, assault by auto, racing, reckless driving and other motor vehicle violations after a collision on White Horse Pike (Route 30) near the Travelodge Hotel, Absecon police said in a statement. Two vehicles ...

  7. Monroe Woman, 81, Dies Of Injuries From 3-Car Crash

    Monroe Woman, 81, Dies Of Injuries From 3-Car Crash

    An 81-year-old Monroe Township woman died Sunday from injuries she sustained in a three-car crash on Route 1 in South Brunswick, authorities said.Theresa Dowling succumbed to her injuries Sunday at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, South Brunswick police said.Dowling was driving a 2017 Lexus westbound on Henderson Road at 10:47 a.m. Friday when she failed to stop for a red ...

  8. Pedestrian Pinned Under Car In Atlantic City

    Pedestrian Pinned Under Car In Atlantic City

    A pedestrian was rescued from under a car after she was struck by a suspected drunken driver in Atlantic City, authorities said.The woman, who police did not identify, was hospitalized with serious injuries late Sunday, Atlantic City police said.Police officers and firefighters responded to Gardners Basin in the 800 block of New Hampshire Avenue at 10:52 p.m., where they found the ...

  9. Jackson Man, 23, Arrested In Fatal Stabbing

    Jackson Man, 23, Arrested In Fatal Stabbing

    A 23-year-old Jackson Township man has been arrested in connection with a burglary and murder, authorities said. Jshawn Cutler was charged with murder, burglary and weapons charges, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Jackson Police Chief Matthew Kunz said in a statement late Friday.Earlier Friday, Jackson police officers responded to an overnight 911 call from a house ...

  10. UPDATE: Protestor Arrested After Climbing Famous 'Skyscraper' Ride In Seaside Heights

    UPDATE: Protestor Arrested After Climbing Famous 'Skyscraper' Ride In Seaside Heights

    UPDATED: A man climbed to the top of the 17-story Skyscraper tower ride at Casino Pier to protest what he called unfair charges brought against him by local police, according to several news reports.After he reached the top of the popular ride in Seaside Heights, he raised an American flag. He will come down after he secured an attorney to help with the charges, the man told News12 New ...

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