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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. US Marshals Nab South Jersey Fugitive Wanted In Fatal Shooting

    US Marshals Nab South Jersey Fugitive Wanted In Fatal Shooting

    A 20-year-old fugitive from South Jersey wanted in connection with a fatal shooting has been arrested by U.S. Marshals in South Carolina, authorities said.Nicholas Wahl of Burlington City is accused of fatally shooting Dysheem Bruton, 27, and accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy last Friday, April 30, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and ...

  2. Central Jersey Dad Indicted For Smothering His 6-Week-Old Baby, Prosecutor Says

    Central Jersey Dad Indicted For Smothering His 6-Week-Old Baby, Prosecutor Says

    A Monmouth County grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old man in the smothering death of his baby girl, authorities said.Austin Meli, a 23-year-old resident of Wall Township, was indicted on Friday for murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of his 6-week-old daughter, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.Meli already is in state ...

  3. Unlicensed 'Happy Feet' Masseuse Touched Clients Inappropriately, Central Jersey Police Say

    Unlicensed 'Happy Feet' Masseuse Touched Clients Inappropriately, Central Jersey Police Say

    An unlicensed masseuse at a Central Jersey business has been arrested after not-so-happy clients allege that he touched them inappropriately, authorities said.An Qinghai, 55, of New York City, was charged on Tuesday with two counts of sexual assault, Wall Township police said on Facebook.Qinghai, who does not have a massage therapy license, worked at Happy Feet Reflexology at 1933 Route ...

  4. Jersey Shore Man Gets 15 Years State Prison For Secretly Stashing 1.5 Pounds Cocaine In His Car

    Jersey Shore Man Gets 15 Years State Prison For Secretly Stashing 1.5 Pounds Cocaine In His Car

    A 36-year-old man from Ocean County has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison for secretly stowing cocaine and assorted other drugs in his car, authorities said.Michael Trotman of Beachwood previously pleaded guilty to possession more than five ounces of cocaine with the intent to distribute, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.Trotman was sentenced ...

  5. US Marshals Capture Fugitive In Fatal Trenton Shooting In Bucks County, PA

    US Marshals Capture Fugitive In Fatal Trenton Shooting In Bucks County, PA

    Surveillance camera footage and police body cams helped identify a suspect in a recent fatal shooting in Trenton, authorities said.The 24-year-old fugitive was caught on Friday by U.S. Marshals in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri.Dion Duncan was charged with first-degree murder and weapons charges in connection with the death ...

  6. South Jersey Toddler Airlifted With Serious Head Injury After Falling Off Swing

    South Jersey Toddler Airlifted With Serious Head Injury After Falling Off Swing

    A 3-year-old child was being airlifted to a South Jersey hospital after falling from a swing, authorities said.The emergency occurred about 7 p.m. near 619 Campus Drive in Monroe Township, according to initial reports.An unconfirmed report said that the child had suffered a skull fracture.This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  7. South Jersey University's $1,000 Vaccine Incentive Takes Sting Out Of COVID-Era Tuition

    South Jersey University's $1,000 Vaccine Incentive Takes Sting Out Of COVID-Era Tuition

    If you'e a student at Rowan University, it's your lucky day.Not only can you get a COVID-19 shot, but the university in South Jersey is offering full-time students $500 for proof of the vaccination, and another $500 for every vaccinated student who lives on campus.Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand announced the new incentive on Thursday.“Rowan University is committed to ...

  8. Central Jersey Man, 22, Arrested In Walmart Parking Lot Shooting

    Central Jersey Man, 22, Arrested In Walmart Parking Lot Shooting

    A 22-year-old man from Monmouth County has been arrested in connection with a shooting in a Walmart parking lot, authorities said.Mark Ruffin, Jr., of Neptune Township, has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and weapons offenses, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.At 1:09 p.m. on Wednesday, Neptune Township police responded to ...

  9. Report: NJ Therapist Sued For Overcharging Central Jersey Schools Faces Criminal Trial

    Report: NJ Therapist Sued For Overcharging Central Jersey Schools Faces Criminal Trial

    A New Jersey occupational therapist who faces a criminal trial for theft from Edison Township Public Schools is now accused of overcharging another school district in Middlesex County.Rebecca Dean, 42, of Somerset County was sued on April 26 by the East Brunswick School District, which alleges they overpaid her Union County business $200,000 for services they never received, according ...

  10. Atlantic City Girl, 6, Tells Teacher That Her Mom 'Poured Spices On Her Genitals,' Police Say

    Atlantic City Girl, 6, Tells Teacher That Her Mom 'Poured Spices On Her Genitals,' Police Say

    A 41-year-old woman from Atlantic City has been arrested for punching and sexually assaulting her daughter, authorities said.The repeated abuse became public when the 6-year-old girl told a teacher about the alleged incidents in detail, Atlantic City police said. On Feb. 20, 2020, Detective John Sharkey of the Criminal Investigations Section received a referral from the Division of ...

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