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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. At Least 3 Hospitalized After Jersey Shore Rush-Hour Crash

    At Least 3 Hospitalized After Jersey Shore Rush-Hour Crash

    Firefighters, police and EMS crews in Ocean County responded to a serious rush-hour crash, authorities said. Several people suffered multiple injuries in the collision shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday, reports said.The crash occurred on the 1600 block of  County Road 539 in Stafford Township. according to initial reports.An unconfirmed report said that one victim, who was not ...

  2. HEROES: Off-Duty NJ Trooper, Good Samaritan Rescue Stranded Kayakers

    HEROES: Off-Duty NJ Trooper, Good Samaritan Rescue Stranded Kayakers

    A pair of kayakers who fell overboard into a Monmouth County creek were saved by a New Jersey State trooper and Good Samaritan, authorities said. State Police Sgt. First Class Erin Smith was driving over the Glimmer Glass Bridge on Sunday when she noticed an overturned kayak, NJSP said on Facebook.Smith also spotted two orange life vests floating in Glimmer Glass Creek and two ...

  3. Search Crews Find No Evidence Of LBI Plane Crash

    Search Crews Find No Evidence Of LBI Plane Crash

    A water search and rescue was canceled about 90 minutes after a small plane was reported crashed off the Jersey Shore, authorities said.The aircraft's suspected crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, about a mile offshore from Long Beach Island, reports said.An unconfirmed report, about an hour after the sighting, said air and water rescue reams had not located an aircraft.Among the ...

  4. Authorities ID Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Camden County Police Car, AG Says

    Authorities ID Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Camden County Police Car, AG Says

    The 66-year-old pedestrian struck and fatally injured by a police car in South Jersey last week has been identified, authorities said.Zandra Baez of Camden was pronounced dead shortly after the collision on June 9, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.Grewal previously said his office was investigating the crash, which is normal state protocol when a police officer is ...

  5. Jersey Shore Powerboat Racer Admits Faking Disappearance To Avoid Prosecution, US Attorney Says

    Jersey Shore Powerboat Racer Admits Faking Disappearance To Avoid Prosecution, US Attorney Says

    A professional powerboat racer from Atlantic County has admitted faking his offshore death to avoid bank fraud charges, authorities said.Andrew Biddle, 45, of Egg Harbor Township allegedly disappeared for more than six months in 2014 after staging a sailboat crash, according to a federal indictment. Biddle pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday,  Acting U.S. ...

  6. NJ Motorcyclist Struck By Truck, Killed During Police Pursuit, AG Says

    NJ Motorcyclist Struck By Truck, Killed During Police Pursuit, AG Says

    A fatal motorcycle crash during a Central Jersey police pursuit is under investigation by the state Attorney General's Office.The motorcycle rider, identified as Odean Cummings of Woodbridge, was struck by a truck after Woodbridge police tried to make a traffic stop, authorities said.The motorcyclist  was pronounced dead at the scene of the Route 1 crash, according to state ...

  7. UPDATED: Jersey Shore Motorcyclist's Leg Severed In Toms River Collision

    UPDATED: Jersey Shore Motorcyclist's Leg Severed In Toms River Collision

    A motorcyclist from Ocean County was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center after a serious collision on Route 70 in Toms River, authorities said.The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the state route's intersection with Whitesville Road, according to Jillian Messina, a spokeswoman for the Toms River Police Department .John Troncone, 25 of Jackson, was riding east on ...

  8. Asbury Park Man, 20, Indicted In Double-Stabbing Near High School, Monmouth Prosecutor Says

    Asbury Park Man, 20, Indicted In Double-Stabbing Near High School, Monmouth Prosecutor Says

    A 20-year-old man from Asbury Park has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stabbing two teenagers near Asbury Park High School, authorities said. Jadon Carter was formally charged on Wednesday with attempted murder,  aggravated assault and possessing a deadly weapon. according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.Carter's charges stem from a ...

  9. Toms River Trio Indicted In Fatal Shooting, Ocean County Prosecutor Says

    Toms River Trio Indicted In Fatal Shooting, Ocean County Prosecutor Says

    Three men from the Jersey Shore have been indicted by an Ocean County grand jury on murder charges, authorities said.They are accused of shooting a vehicle occupied by three people near Toms River Apartments on Main Street last fall, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.Shadrach Correa, 19, Daivon Sullivan, 19, and Leyron Jones, 24, all of Toms River also were charged ...

  10. Lakewood Woman, Brick Man Arrested For Drug-Dealing, Jersey Shore Prosecutor Says

    Lakewood Woman, Brick Man Arrested For Drug-Dealing, Jersey Shore Prosecutor Says

    Two Ocean County residents have been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine out of a home in Lakewood Township, authorities saidTaishaun Cosme, 26, of Brick Township and Janice Rivera, 33 of Lakewood both were charged with multiple drug charges including intent to distribute cocaine, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. A warranted search was made last week at a ...

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