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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. NJ Troopers Rescue Puppies From Irrigation Trench

    NJ Troopers Rescue Puppies From Irrigation Trench

    Troopers from Troop “C” Hamilton Station got down in the dirt to rescue three puppies who had wandered off into the woods and fallen into a 10-foot-deep irrigation trench.While they do not teach puppy-saving techniques in the academy, the troopers created a makeshift catch pole using a mop handle and rope. After hours of effort, the troopers were only able to save two of the three ...

  2. Juvenile Charged In 'Accidental' Fatal Shooting Of Another Teen In South Jersey: Prosecutor

    Juvenile Charged In 'Accidental' Fatal Shooting Of Another Teen In South Jersey: Prosecutor

    A juvenile has been arrested in the fatal discharge of a firearm that killed another teenager, authorities said.On Monday, Aug. 8, at approximately 11:53 a.m., officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Gable Court in Gloucester Township for the report of a person shot. Police found a 14-year-old boy suffering from an apparent gunshot ...

  3. Mysterious Odor That Stank Up NJ Towns Expected To Linger For Days

    Mysterious Odor That Stank Up NJ Towns Expected To Linger For Days

    A rotten egg odor caused by a chemical leak is expected to linger for days, Gloucester County officials said on Friday, Aug 12.Local officials initially assumed it might be a natural gas leak, saying they'd received numerous 9-1-1 calls on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The odor spread to several adjoining counties and across the Delaware River.The Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management ...

  4. 'Father Figure,' 28, Got Two Young Atlantic City Girls Pregnant: Prosecutor

    'Father Figure,' 28, Got Two Young Atlantic City Girls Pregnant: Prosecutor

    A 28-year-old Atlantic City man pleaded guilty to charges of raping three young girls, two of whom he got pregnant, authorities said.Isaiah W. Banks-Carey's plea deal calls for a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison and Carey must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole pursuant to the Jessica Lunsford Act, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s ...

  5. Victim, 22, Dies 2 Days After Being Shot In Camden

    Victim, 22, Dies 2 Days After Being Shot In Camden

    Authorities have identified a 22-year-old man who died two days after being shot in Camden.The victim was identified as Lemuel Rodgers, according to Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez.On Monday, Aug. 8, at 11:12 p.m. Camden County Metro Police officers responded to the 2700 block of Federal Street for a ShotSpotter ...

  6. Jersey Shore Man Sentenced For Selling Heroin, Resisting Arrest: Prosecutor

    Jersey Shore Man Sentenced For Selling Heroin, Resisting Arrest: Prosecutor

    A 31-year-old man from Ocean County has been sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison and drug and weapons offenses, authorities said.Cory Winston, of Jackson, previously pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.All charges are in ...

  7. Iconic Edison Appliance Store Closing After 67 Years In Biz: Report

    Iconic Edison Appliance Store Closing After 67 Years In Biz: Report

    A 67-year-old appliance store in Edison is set to close by the end of summer, MyCentralJersey reported.Derby Appliance, a family-owned business on Route 27 in Edison, recently announced it would close. Its New Brunswick location closed eight years ago, the report says."It is true," owner Mark Berkowitz told the outlet.Started in 1955 by Berkowitz’ grandfather, David, and father, Sam, ...

  8. Fatal Car Fire Reported In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    Fatal Car Fire Reported In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    A motorist was killed after becoming trapped in a South Jersey car fire, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The fire broke out before 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 on the 1200 block of Tabernacle Chatsworth Road in Woodland, initial reports said.No other details were immediately available.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  9. Firefighters Knock Down South Jersey Blaze (DEVELOPING)

    Firefighters Knock Down South Jersey Blaze (DEVELOPING)

    Firefighters in Burlington County knocked down a fire in a multi-family home, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The fire broke out before 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 on Fort Dix Road in Pemberton, initial reports said.There was an unconfirmed report of an entrapment in the 1.5-story structure.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  10. 14 Men Arrested On Child Porn, Endangerment Charges In Ongoing Jersey Shore Sting: Prosecutor

    14 Men Arrested On Child Porn, Endangerment Charges In Ongoing Jersey Shore Sting: Prosecutor

    A series of investigations led by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and the Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has resulted in the arrests of 14 men this year, authorities said on Thursday, Aug. 11.From the beginning of 2020 to present, approximately 550 CyberTips have resulted in a total of 77 arrests in Monmouth ...

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