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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. Young Teen Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In South Jersey, Authorities say

    Young Teen Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In South Jersey, Authorities say

    Police, firefighters and EMS crews in South Jersey were called on a report of a young pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in Burlington County, authorities said.The crash occurred about 2 p.m. near Wynwood Drive and Winding Lane in Cinnaminson, according to initial reports.A medevac chopper was called to airlift the teenage victim to an area hospital, reports said. An unconfirmed ...

  2. Jersey Shore Company Faces $13.7K OSHA Fine After Employed Couple's COVID Death, Agency Says

    Jersey Shore Company Faces $13.7K OSHA Fine After Employed Couple's COVID Death, Agency Says

    The US Department of Labor says it may fine a Central Jersey company up to $13,653 for coronavirus violations in its workplace.On Tuesday, the labor department's Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited a pharmaceutical and, biotech manufacturer from Eatontown. The company failed to protect dozens of employees from COVID-19 at its  Monmouth County facility, ...

  3. South Jersey Stranger Arrested For Touching 4 Young Utah Girls At Burlington Hotel, Police Say

    South Jersey Stranger Arrested For Touching 4 Young Utah Girls At Burlington Hotel, Police Say

    Four sleeping teenagers were sexually assaulted by a 54-year-old stranger at a South Jersey hotel, authorities said.The high school graduates, ages 17 and 18, from Utah, were asleep during a two-week religious history retreat, Westampton Township police said.The youths were traveling from Washington,, D.C., to NYC this week with an overnight stay in Burlington County, police said on ...

  4. World's Fifth Ocean? It's Official, National Geographic Experts Say

    World's Fifth Ocean? It's Official, National Geographic Experts Say

    Remember when most Earth Science teachers didn't believe in Continental Shift circa 1972?Well, this week, the National Geographic Society, which has produced maps for 106 years, recognized a fifth ocean in the world, the Southern Ocean.Until now, the Southern Ocean was unofficially recognized by many scientists. It officially joined the world's other four oceans -- the Atlantic, ...

  5. Ocean State Job Lot Opens 6th NJ Store At Vacant Toys 'R Us Lot

    Ocean State Job Lot Opens 6th NJ Store At Vacant Toys 'R Us Lot

    Ocean State Job Lot, a chain of discount stores, bought the former Toys ‘R Us location in Monmouth County, officials said.Job Lot plans to open its sixth New Jersey store on property across from Freehold Raceway Mall in the fall, OSJL officials said Thursday.The retailer, headquartered in Rhode Island,  operates 146 discount stores across the Northeast including NJ, Pennsylvania, ...

  6. World's 5th Ocean? It's Official, National Geographic Experts Say

    World's 5th Ocean? It's Official, National Geographic Experts Say

    Remember when most Earth Science teachers didn't believe in Continental Shift circa 1972?Well, this week, the National Geographic Society, which has produced maps for 106 years, recognized a fifth ocean in the world, the Southern Ocean.Until now, Southern Ocean was unofficially recognized by many scientists. It officially joined the world's other four oceans -- the Atlantic, ...

  7. Six Flags' Jersey Devil Coaster: 'World's Tallest, Fastest, Longest' Finally Rolls

    Six Flags' Jersey Devil Coaster: 'World's Tallest, Fastest, Longest' Finally Rolls

    Six Flags Great Adventure's Jersey Devil Coaster starts rolling and coasting for park visitors, for the first time, this Sunday, park officials said.But strap yourself in tight. The brand spanking new ride spans 10 football fields -- or 1,000 yards -- overlooking the Jersey Shore in Jackson.The risky ride reaches speeds of up to 58 mph, mounts a 130-foot hill and plummets 87-degrees on ...

  8. First Responders Called To Serious Bicycle Crash In Central Jersey

    First Responders Called To Serious Bicycle Crash In Central Jersey

    Police, firefighters and EMS responded to a serious bicycle crash in Central Jersey, authorities said.The crash occurred before 8 a.m. Thursday near School Road West and Wyncrest Road in Marlboro, according to initial reports. The unidentified victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, reports said.More details were not immediately ...

  9. Police Car Strikes, Kills South Jersey Pedestrian, Authorities Confirm

    Police Car Strikes, Kills South Jersey Pedestrian, Authorities Confirm

    An unidentified pedestrian died after being struck by a marked police vehicle in South Jersey, authorities said.The woman was crossing the road about midnight when she was hit, a Camden County spokesman said.She later died of her injuries. Her name had not been released pending notification of family.The crash occurred along Route 168 northbound near Ferry and Mount Ephraim Avenues in ...

  10. Jersey Shore Man, 40, Arrested For Sharing Child Pornography On Google Meets, Prosecutor Says

    Jersey Shore Man, 40, Arrested For Sharing Child Pornography On Google Meets, Prosecutor Says

    A 40-year-old man from Ocean County has been arrested on child pornography charges, authorities said. Richard Knight of New Eqypt was charged Wednesday with possessing and distributing sexual explicit materials involving minors, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.An investigation began in December 2020 after numerous referrals from the New Jersey ...

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