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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. Ex-Convict Accused Of Killing Trenton Girlfriend In Fight Over Cellphone

    Ex-Convict Accused Of Killing Trenton Girlfriend In Fight Over Cellphone

    A Mercer County man fatally stabbed his 32-year-old girlfriend the day after his release from a Pennsylvania jail, authorities said.They were fighting over his lost cellphone, according to NJ Advance Media, citing court papers.Irvin Hayes, 33, was arrested by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force on murder and weapons charges in the Aug. 25 death of Shamira Williams, 32, of ...

  2. South Jersey Realtor, Ex-NFL Player Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Town Officials

    South Jersey Realtor, Ex-NFL Player Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Town Officials

    A black real estate developer in Burlington County has filed a lawsuit alleging former township officials discriminated against him and often called him by racist and other derogatory terms.Kevin Johnson, a former NFL player, filed the federal legal action last week against Bordentown Township, according to NJ Advance Media.Defendants include ex-Police Chief Frank Nucera, who also ...

  3. Possible Drowning Reported Along Jersey Shore

    Possible Drowning Reported Along Jersey Shore

    First responders were called to a report of possible drowning along the Jersey shore, authorities said.The water emergency was called about 4 p.m. off 100th Street in Long Beach, according to initial reports. An unconfirmed report said the elderly swimmer had been pulled from the water and that EMTs were trying to revive her.New Jersey authorities have been warning about rough seas ...

  4. Asbury Park Teen Faces 10-Year Prison Sentence In Shooting Near Brick High School

    Asbury Park Teen Faces 10-Year Prison Sentence In Shooting Near Brick High School

    An Asbury Park teenager faces up to 10 years in state prison for his role in a shooting outside an Ocean County high school, authorities said.Alonzo Legrande, who is now 18, pleaded guilty on Thursday to aggravated assault and weapons charges, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.Legrande originally was charged as an adult on Sept. 10 with four counts of attempted murder ...

  5. Drug Dealer Charged In Fatal Fentanyl Overdose, Burlington Prosecutor Says

    Drug Dealer Charged In Fatal Fentanyl Overdose, Burlington Prosecutor Says

    A 35-year-old woman from Burlington County has been arrested in connection with a drug customer's fatal overdoes on fentanyl, authorities said. Dolores Cespedes was charged with strict liability for drug-induced death and several drug dealing and possession charges, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and New Jersey State Police Commander Pat ...

  6. Prosecutor: Mercer County Police Officer Tampered With Records, Suspended

    Prosecutor: Mercer County Police Officer Tampered With Records, Suspended

    A Mercer County police officer has been suspended on charges he falsified records in an investigation, authorities said.The Lawrence Township police officer was charged with disorderly persons offenses as a result of an internal affairs investigation, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said.Authorities discovered falsified records during a criminal investigation ...

  7. Central Jersey Motorist Sought By Pennsylvania Police In Fatal Hit-Run Crash

    Central Jersey Motorist Sought By Pennsylvania Police In Fatal Hit-Run Crash

    Police in Pennsylvania are seeking the public's help in locating a Mercer County woman in connection with a hit-and-run crash.A 34-year-old man, believed to be riding a bicycle, was found dead at the scene of the crash at 1:11 a.m. Thursday in Bucks County, Pa., Falls Township police said. The fatal collision occurred on Route 1 northbound near the the Fairless Hills exit, police ...

  8. NJ Casinos, Racetracks Score Nationwide Sports Betting Record

    NJ Casinos, Racetracks Score Nationwide Sports Betting Record

    New Jersey sports gamblers bet a nationwide record $668 million last month, officials said.That smashed the previous one-month record of $614 million bet in Nevada in November 2019, according to the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.The Garden State's previous one-month record for sports betting was $562 million set in November 2019.August was the first full month of professional ...

  9. Condominium Fire Leaves 12 Families Homeless In Burlington County

    Condominium Fire Leaves 12 Families Homeless In Burlington County

    A fire ripped through a condominium complex in Burlington County early Thursday, leaving dozens of people without housing, authorities said.The fire caused  extensive damage to 12 units at the Valley Glen condos in Maple Shade, according to reports.All.but one resident escaped the fire safely. That person was treated for smoke inhalation, officials said.The Red Cross was helping to ...

  10. UPDATE: South Jersey Police Investigate Fatal Electric Scooter Crash

    UPDATE: South Jersey Police Investigate Fatal Electric Scooter Crash

    UPDATED: Authorities were investigating a crash in which a man riding an electric scooter in Burlington County was killed early Thursday.A man in his 30s was struck on Indel Avenue at Woodlane Road in Westampton about 6 a.m., according to initial reports.The victim's name had not been released.The man, who was reportedly thrown 100 feet from the impact, was pronounced dead at the ...

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