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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. CT's U.S. Attorney Durham Gains National Attention Amid Trump-Russia Probe

    CT's U.S. Attorney Durham Gains National Attention Amid Trump-Russia Probe

    Senate Democrats blasted U.S. Attorney General William Barr after he broke with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) top watchdog on Monday, Dec. 9 over whether there was enough information to open an investigation into Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The latest twists pulled Connecticut's Republican U.S. Attorney and New York's senior U.S. senator into the federal fray.DOJ ...

  2. County Legislators Propose 52 Percent Pay Raises For Themselves: Here's Rundown Of Voting

    County Legislators Propose 52 Percent Pay Raises For Themselves: Here's Rundown Of Voting

    Have you ever received a 52 percent pay raise—from $49,200 to $75,000—in one year? That adds up to a quarter-million more dollars over a decade.That's what 10 Westchester County legislators think they should be paid each year starting next month The county Board of Legislators approved the raise this week—just three weeks after Election Day. it will be one of their final orders of ...

  3. Westchester DA Faces Competition From Nationally Known TV Commentator, Democratic Primary Foe

    Westchester DA Faces Competition From Nationally Known TV Commentator, Democratic Primary Foe

    Westchester District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino faces a primary election this spring from another, nationally known Democrat.MSNBC commentator and TV legal analyst Mimi Rocah announced her DA campaign via Twitter as well as on national television on Wednesday, Dec. 4.The 49-year-old Scarsdale resident joins a string of well-known women who sought—or won—Westchester's top prosecutor ...

  4. Westchester Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Defends Lt. Col. Vindman's Impeachment Testimony

    Westchester Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Defends Lt. Col. Vindman's Impeachment Testimony

    During House impeachment testimony on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from Cold Spring representing northern Westchester and parts of Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties, attempted to refute what the he called a smear campaign against Alexander Vindman, the decorated U.S. Army veteran and National Security Council expert on Ukraine and Eurasia.Maloney told Vindman: ...

  5. Congressman Jim Himes Blasts President Trump For Alleged 'Witness Intimidation And Tampering'

    Congressman Jim Himes Blasts President Trump For Alleged 'Witness Intimidation And Tampering'

    Fairfield County Congressman Jim Himes came to the defense of two new witnesses in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.During the third day of public testimony,  the Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee took Trump to task for sending a Tweet that he said maligned Tuesday's first witness, Jennifer Williams. Himes, who represents Connecticut's 4th ...

  6. Westchester Congresswoman Lowey Introduces Resolution To Avert Federal Government Shutdown

    Westchester Congresswoman Lowey Introduces Resolution To Avert Federal Government Shutdown

    U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey of Westchester, as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced a "continuing resolution" in Congress on Monday, Nov. 18 to extend federal government funding through Dec. 20 and keep the government open after the current stopgap funding law expires this week.“With a government shutdown deadline just days away, this continuing resolution is necessary ...

  7. Obama Pentagon Expert On Russia From Chappaqua Joins Race For Westchester Congressional Seat

    Obama Pentagon Expert On Russia From Chappaqua Joins Race For Westchester Congressional Seat

    A former assistant defense secretary from the Obama Administration -- who has been openly critical of President Donald Trump’s Russian connections -- officially joined the race for the New York congressional seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison.Evelyn Farkas, a national security analyst and author, announced her campaign on Monday, Nov. 18 here on Twitter and on ...

  8. Westchester Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Takes Leading Role In House Impeachment Inquiry

    Westchester Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Takes Leading Role In House Impeachment Inquiry

    Maybe you were at work and unable to tune into, watch or listen to Wednesday's opening day of public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.  Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, whose 18th Congressional District includes northern Westchester County and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was there.As part of the House impeachment inquiry, Maloney ...

  9. Fairfield County Congressman Jim Himes Likens Trump To 'Mob Boss' In House Impeachment Hearings

    Fairfield County Congressman Jim Himes Likens Trump To 'Mob Boss' In House Impeachment Hearings

    Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes took a lead role during the seven-hour House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing on Friday, Nov. 15 while questioning the third public witness, former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Himes, whose 4th Congressional District includes Fairfield County, said: "I'm angry, and I've been angry since I learned about your summary (sic) and ...

  10. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Yorktown HS Grad, Slams Trump For 'Witness Intimidation'

    Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Yorktown HS Grad, Slams Trump For 'Witness Intimidation'

    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Yorktown High School graduate who now represents parts of New York City, didn't hold back on Friday, swatting back at President Donald Trump on Twitter after the Republican tweeted about former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and her 33 years of public service as a federal diplomatic officer overseas.""Trump himself is clearly not ...

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