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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. Parachutist Crashes In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    Parachutist Crashes In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    A parachute accident occurred in South Jersey, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The jumper's crash was reported at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20 off  Glassboro Cross Keys Road in Monroe, initial reports said.An unconfirmed report said that the parachuter suffered a compound fracture of the femur.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  2. Motorist Hits Trees In Deadly South Jersey Crash: State Police

    Motorist Hits Trees In Deadly South Jersey Crash: State Police

    A driver from South Jersey was killed when he lost control of his car and struck some trees, authorities said.The Tesla Model S caught fire after crossing the center line and driving off the roadway to the left in the single-car crash, according to a New Jersey State Police spokeswoman.Daniel Sincavage, 41, of Rio Grande, was driving northbound on Route 47 at milepost 27.7 in ...

  3. Armed Suspect In Standoff With Police In Middletown

    Armed Suspect In Standoff With Police In Middletown

    An armed suspect reportedly was in a standoff with police on the Jersey Shore, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The standoff was reported at about 1 p.m. on Friday, May 20.Middletown police said the incident turned out to be a suicide.

  4. Tractor-Trailer Flips On NJ Turnpike, Exit Closed: NJSP

    Tractor-Trailer Flips On NJ Turnpike, Exit Closed: NJSP

    A tractor-trailer rolled over on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick, authorities said.The crash occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20 at the Interchange 9 exit from the outer roadway to the toll plaza, a New Jersey State Police spokesman said.One non-life-threatening injury was reported and the victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, he said.The exit from the ...

  5. Gunman Who Killed NJ Mom, Assaulted Man Nabbed By US Marshals: Prosecutor

    Gunman Who Killed NJ Mom, Assaulted Man Nabbed By US Marshals: Prosecutor

    US Marshals have arrested a 36-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman in Camden.Marquis Fletcher reportedly turned himself into Marshals on Friday, May 20, according to Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez.At 11:06 a.m. Thursday, May 19, Camden County police responded to 235 Eutaw St. in Camden where they ...

  6. Police ID Burglary Suspect Who Broke Into Deli, Dry Cleaners, Public Storage

    Police ID Burglary Suspect Who Broke Into Deli, Dry Cleaners, Public Storage

    Arrest warrants have been issued for a 35-year-old man suspected of breaking into commercial establishments on the Jersey Shore, authorities said.During the month of January this year, Brick Township police investigated three commercial burglaries. On Jan. 10, the suspect broke into Jovo’s Deli on Route 88, causing just under $700 worth of damage and stealing an undisclosed amount ...

  7. Bird Flu Kills Backyard Flock In NJ

    Bird Flu Kills Backyard Flock In NJ

    The first case of bird flu killed a backyard flock on the Jersey Shore, NJ Advance Media said. At least 10 ducks have died and an undisclosed number of chickens got sick as a result of the avian influenza outbreak in Monmouth County, the outlet said. While the national outbreak has driven up the price of eggs and chicken, properly cooked foul is harmless to humans even when ...

  8. Fatal Crash Reported In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    Fatal Crash Reported In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    A fatal crash occurred in South Jersey, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The crash was reported at 10:42 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 on the 4200 block of Route 47.in Maurice River, initial reports said.No other details were immediately available.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  9. SEEN HER? Puppy Stolen From Jersey Shore Pet Shop

    SEEN HER? Puppy Stolen From Jersey Shore Pet Shop

    Middletown police released a photo of a puppy that was stolen from a local pet shop.On Thursday, May 19, at 1:15 p.m., Middletown Township police responded to The Pet Shop, at 1284 Route 35, for a report of a puppy being stolen from the store. The owner reported that a young black male came into the store and asked if the store had any cockapoo or Goldendoodle ...

  10. Wall Collapses, Victim Trapped On Jersey Shore (DEVELOPING)

    Wall Collapses, Victim Trapped On Jersey Shore (DEVELOPING)

    A wall collapsed on a building under construction, and at least one person was trapped, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The wall collapsed at about 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20 at 106 E. Riviera Ave. in Ocean Gate,, initial reports said.A medical helicopter was requested for at least one victim who was extricated in a stokes basket, reports said.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

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