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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. Authorities: South Toms River Man, 33, Arrested With Child Porn, Drugs, Metal Knuckles

    Authorities: South Toms River Man, 33, Arrested With Child Porn, Drugs, Metal Knuckles

    An internet tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a South Toms River man on child pornography charges -- and more, authorities said.Kevin Carrieri, 33, also was charged with trying to traffic a child for sex, possessing an illegal weapon and drug possession and dealing charges after Ocean County law enforcement officials searched his ...

  2. Massive Forest Fire In Ocean County Doused By Tropical Storm Fay

    Massive Forest Fire In Ocean County Doused By Tropical Storm Fay

    A bright side to a massive storm dropping a month's worth of rainfall in a day: A destructive forest fire in the northern Pine Barrens is being capped by three to five inches of rain.Tropical Storm Fay is expected to extinguish a forest fire that has destroyed about 200 acres in a remote area the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area just northwest of the Cassville section of Jackson ...

  3. Ocean County Town Sets Overnight Curfew On Teenagers

    Ocean County Town Sets Overnight Curfew On Teenagers

    Toms River police began an overnight curfew on Thursday after a month of rising complaints about troublesome teenagers  in the North Beach section of town.Anyone 17 and under is prohibited to be on a public street, walkway, alley, park, or any public area or unimproved private property in the North Beach area between 9 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent or legal ...

  4. 'Sex Slave' Priest Accused Of Drinking Boyfriend's Urine Found Dead In Jersey Shore Home

    'Sex Slave' Priest Accused Of Drinking Boyfriend's Urine Found Dead In Jersey Shore Home

    The body of a former Bronx priest with a penchant for rough and kinky sex was found dead in his Ocean County home on Thursday, authorities said.Peter Miqueli, 58, attracted headlines in a 2015 lawsuit accusing him of paying $1,000-an-hour to mingle with a muscle-bound boyfriend whom he called "master" and drinking his urine during rough sex sessions, according to multiple news ...

  5. Authorities: Burlington Gym Teacher Had Sex With Ex-Student

    Authorities: Burlington Gym Teacher Had Sex With Ex-Student

    A 43-year-old teacher has been arrested for having sex with a former student from a regional high school in Burlington County, authorities said.Gary Jiampetti, a health/physical education teacher from Camden County, was taken into custody on Thursday morning and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student while she was enrolled at Rancocas Valley Regional High ...

  6. Teen Boy Who Drowned In Raritan Bay Was Reportedly On Autism Spectrum

    Teen Boy Who Drowned In Raritan Bay Was Reportedly On Autism Spectrum

    The Perth Amboy community is rallying for the family of a 17-year-old boy who drowned in the Raritan Bay Thursday.A GoFundMe intended to help fund a funeral service for Johnny Vasquez had raised $740 as of Friday afternoon.Vasquez -- who family members said was on the autism spectrum and suffered from epilepsy -- was unconscious when his body was recovered by NYPD divers around 5 ...

  7. Jersey Shore Driver, 27, Gets 8-Year Prison Sentence For Fatal Hit-Run Crash

    Jersey Shore Driver, 27, Gets 8-Year Prison Sentence For Fatal Hit-Run Crash

    A 27-year-old man from Central Jersey was sentenced to up to eight years in state prison on Thursday for a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian last year in New Brunswick, authorities said.Daquan White of North Brunswick was arrested and charged in the April 20, 2019, vehicular death of Anthony Cruz-Medina, 22, of New Brunswick, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone ...

  8. Bug Off! Flying Pests Sting South Jersey Graduation

    Bug Off! Flying Pests Sting South Jersey Graduation

    First, it was the coronavirus outbreak that delayed graduation ceremonies at a South Jersey school and just about everywhere else statewide.Then, a second natural disaster tangled with one school's graduation plans: A swarm of insects, Burlington County officials said.There was an 11th-hour surprise: A sudden swarm of unidentified bugs threatened Lumberton Middle School's class of 130 ...

  9. Pedestrian Killed By Amtrak Train In New Brunswick

    Pedestrian Killed By Amtrak Train In New Brunswick

    A pedestrian was fatally struck by an Amtrak train Wednesday night in Middlesex County, authorities said.The victim's name and age have not been released. It is not clear why they were on the tracks.Amtrak Train No. 134 was headed to New York City from Washington when it struck the person about 6:25 p.m. in New Brunswick, Jason C. Abrams, an Amtrak spokesman, said.The 68 passengers and ...

  10. More Than $10K Of Cocaine Seized In Major Trenton Bust

    More Than $10K Of Cocaine Seized In Major Trenton Bust

    The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force seized more than $10,000 worth of cocaine this week, leading to the arrest of a 27-year-old Trenton man, authorities said.Acting on a tip that Juan Polanco-Abreu would be distributing cocaine near Hudson and Tyler streets in Trenton shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, authorities surveilled the area and found the suspect, Mercer County ...

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