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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. Serious NJ Turnpike Crash Investigated In Woodbridge: NJSP

    Serious NJ Turnpike Crash Investigated In Woodbridge: NJSP

    New Jersey state troopers are investigating a motor vehicle crash with serious injuries on the NJ Turnpike in Woodbridge.The crash occurred at 12:41 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 near Interchange 11 for the Garden State Parkway, State Police said.This is an active investigation and there are no additional details available at this time, said Sgt. Philip Curry, a police spokesman.

  2. Police Motorcycle Crashes On Jersey Shore

    Police Motorcycle Crashes On Jersey Shore

    A police motorcycle crashed on the Jersey Shore, authorities said.The crash occurred after 2 p.m. on Route 9 at Cox Cro Road in Lakewood, initial reports said.The crash involved a Toms River police motorcycle, a department spokeswoman confirmed. A medical helicopter had taken the officer to Jersey Shore Medical Center, an unconfirmed report said No other details were ...

  3. Atlantic County Man Arrested In Shooting: Police

    Atlantic County Man Arrested In Shooting: Police

    A 23-year-old man from Atlantic County has been arrested in connection with a shooting last month, authorities said.An investigation conducted by detectives of the Violent Crimes Unit identified Jerome Ford as the suspect involved in the shooting, Atlantic City police said.Ford was arrested on Wednesday, June 29, in Sicklerville, Camden County, they said.On May 13, at 9:31 a.m., police ...

  4. Pedestrian Struck On Jersey Shore (DEVELOPING)

    Pedestrian Struck On Jersey Shore (DEVELOPING)

    A pedestrian was struck on the Jersey Shore, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The crash occurred after noon on Thursday, June 30 on Route 36 at Leonardville Road in Atlantic Highlands, initial reports said.The victim passed out, an unconfirmed report said. EMS crews were en route.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  5. Unregistered Home Contractor Charged With $150K In 'Improvement' Thefts On Jersey Shore

    Unregistered Home Contractor Charged With $150K In 'Improvement' Thefts On Jersey Shore

    A 35-year-old Ocean County man was charged with theft by deception for home contracting, authorities said.On Thursday, June 23, Toms River Police Detective Robert O’Neill arrested and charged Robert Cohan, of Lakehurst, with theft as well as multiple counts of unregistered home improvement contracting, police said.Beginning in February, and continuing through May, Cohan ...

  6. Dozens Of Geese Gassed To 'Control' Growing Population In Jersey Shore Town

    Dozens Of Geese Gassed To 'Control' Growing Population In Jersey Shore Town

    Nearly 50 Canada geese were hauled off in a truck and killed by a wildlife management company on the Jersey Shore to control the population, according to reports and wildlife officials.The USDA-approved method for killing the geese is using carbon dioxide and gassing them in crates, a wildlife advocate tells Daily Voice. Goose Control Technology told News12 New Jersey they rounded ...

  7. Pair Arrested, Gun Recovered In Atlantic City Drug Bust

    Pair Arrested, Gun Recovered In Atlantic City Drug Bust

    Two men were arrested and a handgun was recovered in an Atlantic City drug bust, authorities said.On Tuesday, June 28, members of the Atlantic City Police Department’s Special Investigations Section conducted a surveillance operation in the 2600 block of Pacific Avenue.At approximately 2:10 p.m., detectives allegedly observed an illegal narcotics transaction between David Nesbitt and ...

  8. Driver Charged In Fatal Central Jersey Crash, Victim ID'd

    Driver Charged In Fatal Central Jersey Crash, Victim ID'd

    A 27-year-old man from Mercer County has been arrested in connection with a fatal crash in Central Jersey, authorities said.Egrevel Vasquez-Garcia of Hightstown was charged in the crash that occurred on Tuesday, June 28 on Route 130 in North Brunswick, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Joseph Battaglia of the North Brunswick Police ...

  9. Trenton Psych Hospital Patient Wanders Off: Police

    Trenton Psych Hospital Patient Wanders Off: Police

    Police are on the lookout for a Trenton Psychiatric Hospital patient who wandered off the grounds.Ewing police said they were notified by New Jersey Human Services Police about the missing person.Joseph Michalski, 55, left in an unknown direction from his residential unit at the hospital, police said.Michalski is described as being 5'10" tall and weighing approximately 175 ...

  10. Two Men Sentenced In Asbury Park Daytime Shooting

    Two Men Sentenced In Asbury Park Daytime Shooting

    Two men have been sentenced to a total of over 60 years in New Jersey state prison in connection with the 2019 midday shooting of two men inside their vehicle, authorities said.Gary Brooks Jr., 30, and Jonathan Marvine, 28, both of Neptune Township, were sentenced on Monday, June 20, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.Both defendants were ...

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