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Jon Craig

Reporter 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. Motorist Trapped, Airlifted In South Jersey Crash (DEVELOPING)

    Motorist Trapped, Airlifted In South Jersey Crash (DEVELOPING)

    A motorist was trapped and had to be airlifted, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 near South Delsea Drive in Vineland, initial reports said.The patient was freed and a medical helicopter was en route for the airlift.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  2. Pleasantville Woman Accused Of Causing Jersey Shore Man's Fatal Fentanyl/Heroin Overdose

    Pleasantville Woman Accused Of Causing Jersey Shore Man's Fatal Fentanyl/Heroin Overdose

    A 39-year-old woman from Pleasantville is accused of causing a South Toms River man's drug overdose death, authorities said.On June 21, Michele Baker was charged with strict liability drug-induced death, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. She was additionally charged with drug dealing and possession violations, he said.The 44-year-old victim died on April 19 of a ...

  3. Man, 24, Shot Dead In South Jersey: Prosecutor

    Man, 24, Shot Dead In South Jersey: Prosecutor

    A 24-year-old man was shot to death in Salem City, authorities said.Marquise Coleman, of Salem, was killed near Miller and Carpenter streets shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, according to  Salem County Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey.Coleman was taken to Salem Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Telsey said.Telsey, Salem City Chief of Police John Pelura and Salem ...

  4. New Eatery, R&B Lounge Opens In South Jersey After Pandemic Delay, Renovations

    New Eatery, R&B Lounge Opens In South Jersey After Pandemic Delay, Renovations

    Essie's Restaurant & Lounge in Clementon is officially open after a two-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic and renovations.The eatery features creole cuisine and live rhythm and blues and jazz.In 2017, husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Mike and Chèrie Gillespie purchased a South Jersey building with the vision of opening an upscale restaurant and live music lounge. Shortly ...

  5. Man Steals Central Jersey Police Car, Crashes It Twice: Report

    Man Steals Central Jersey Police Car, Crashes It Twice: Report

    A Paterson man was arrested after stealing a South Amboy police car and getting into two different crashes, NJ Advance Media reported.Woodbridge police responded to the stolen car at 1:05 p.m. on Monday, July 4.After crashing the stolen car on Route 35, Jamil T. Robinson, 28, fled on foot and allegedly tried to carjack three other vehicles, the outlet said.Robinson was charged with ...

  6. Car Flips On Garden State Parkway (DEVELOPING)

    Car Flips On Garden State Parkway (DEVELOPING)

    A car rolled over on the Garden State Parkway, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The crash occurred before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6 near exit 117 north in Aberdeen Township, initial reports said.The right shoulder of the parkway was blocked.There was a second, unrelated crash on the parkway at about 11 a.m. near Lacey Road in Lacey Township. The driver was trapped in ...

  7. Pedestrian, 25, Killed In Cumberland County Crash: Police

    Pedestrian, 25, Killed In Cumberland County Crash: Police

    A 25-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in Cumberland County, authorities said.Vineland police responded to Fourth Street and Chestnut Avenue at about 10 p.m. on Monday, July 4. They found a man lying in the road, police said. The man, who had not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.A 56-year-old Vineland man was driving a Toyota Corolla east on ...

  8. 18-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck, Killed In South Jersey: Report

    18-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck, Killed In South Jersey: Report

    An 18-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed while walking along a Gloucester County roadway, NJ Advance Media reported.An 36-year-old man from Williamstown was heading north in an SUV north on Winslow Road when he struck the victim around 9 a.m. Friday, July 1, the outlet said, quoting Monroe Township police. The SUV driver remained at the scene and called 9-1-1, police ...

  9. IDENTIFIED: 'Confused' Man Found Wandering In Central Jersey Park

    IDENTIFIED: 'Confused' Man Found Wandering In Central Jersey Park

    UPDATE: The man has been identified and is safe, authorities said.ORIGINAL STORY: Police in Central Jersey are looking to identify this man who was found walking in a local park.The man was found on Tuesday, July 5 along Route 27 in South Brunswick."He is confused and unable to give his name," South Brunswick police said on Twitter.The man is described as being 5'10 inches tall in his ...

  10. Serious Crash Reported On Jersey Shore (DEVELOPING)

    Serious Crash Reported On Jersey Shore (DEVELOPING)

    A car flipped on the Jersey Shore, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The crash occurred at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5 on Freehold Road in Manalapan Township, initial reports said.No other details were immediately available. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

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