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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. Brick Teenager Charged With Punching Security Guard, Robbing Walmart

    Brick Teenager Charged With Punching Security Guard, Robbing Walmart

    A Walmart security guard was punched twice in the face after a young woman allegedly took merchandise from the store, police said.Shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday, Brick police responded to the Walmart for a report of a robbery. A store loss prevention officer attempted to stop two females from leaving the store with merchandise they did not pay for. But when he confronted them one of the ...

  2. Math Teacher From Bayville Accused Of Second Lewd Act In Girls' Locker Room

    Math Teacher From Bayville Accused Of Second Lewd Act In Girls' Locker Room

    A second incident of lewd behavior involving a math teacher is under investigation in Ocean County.Joshua Eckersley, 33, of Bayville, already faces one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said he surrendered to police Thursday afternoon.Both incidents occurred on Sunday, Jan. 12, according to the prosecutor's office.A girl who was at Central ...

  3. Point Pleasant Driver, 27, Spared Jail Time After Fleeing Crash With Teen Bicyclist

    Point Pleasant Driver, 27, Spared Jail Time After Fleeing Crash With Teen Bicyclist

    A 27-year-old Point Pleasant woman was sentenced Friday to probation and community service after admitting she fled a crash that seriously injured a 14-year-old bicyclist on Route 88.Brittany Keifer, 27, took a deal from prosecutors, pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily harm, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said.In ...

  4. Teenagers Charged With Armed Home Invasion Robbery In Ocean County

    Teenagers Charged With Armed Home Invasion Robbery In Ocean County

    A pair of teenagers has been arrested in connection with an armed home invasion robbery in Brick Township.Police responded to Wilson Court about 4 p.m. Thursday on a report of a male subject wearing a ski mask, armed with a handgun, attempting to enter the home. The homeowner reported that upon confronting the teenage suspect, he ran to a waiting vehicle and entered as a ...

  5. Officials Call For Shutdown Of Mental Health Facility After Resident Killed By Cars On Route 33

    Officials Call For Shutdown Of Mental Health Facility After Resident Killed By Cars On Route 33

    A 38-year-old man who died after being struck by two cars on Route 33 this week was the fourth group home resident killed there since 2014, authorities said.The fatality immediately prompted town leaders to call for the shutdown of the long-troubled healthcare facility.The resident from Newark was walking outside of the crosswalk when he was struck by two cars at 7:20 p.m. ...

  6. Barnegat Contractor Gets Plea-Bargained 3 Years For Ripping Off Hurricane Victims

    Barnegat Contractor Gets Plea-Bargained 3 Years For Ripping Off Hurricane Victims

    A 50-year-old contractor from Barnegat was sentenced to a plea-bargained three years in prison Friday for overcharging 19 homeowners in repairs following Hurricane Sandy.George LaRosa was also ordered to pay $456,650 in restitution to the victims in Stafford Township, Lacey Township, Toms River Township, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Little Egg Harbor, according ...

  7. Drugs, Lewdness: Police Make Series Of Busts Outside Brick Adult Entertainment Store

    Drugs, Lewdness: Police Make Series Of Busts Outside Brick Adult Entertainment Store

    Two men were literally caught with their pants down, while another was found carrying meth during a series of arrests the past two weeks outside a Brick Township adult entertainment store, authorities said FRiday.Another man was busted on drug charges after he offered an undercover detective a joint outside the Pleasure Zone, they said.Authorities recently have focused on the Chambers ...

  8. Winning Lottery Ticket Worth $64K Sold In Carteret

    Winning Lottery Ticket Worth $64K Sold In Carteret

    A winning new Jersey Lottery ticket was sold in Middlesex County.One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $64,179 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Thursday, Feb. 13, drawing. The winning numbers were: 01, 11, 21, 33 and 36 and the XTRA number was: 04. The winning ticket was sold at ShopRite, 801 Roosevelt Ave. in Carteret.The retailer will receive a bonus ...

  9. Teacher From Berkeley Arrested After Performing 'Indecent Act' On School Property

    Teacher From Berkeley Arrested After Performing 'Indecent Act' On School Property

    A Central Regional Middle School teacher was charged with lewdness after he performed an undisclosed indecent act in front of a minor student, authorities said.Joshua Eckersley, 33, of Berkeley Township, was arrested after the student reported the Jan. 12 incident to authorities, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said.Eckersley was surrendered by his attorney Thursday ...

  10. Lavallette Man Indicted In Death Of 80-Year-Old Warren Pedestrian

    Lavallette Man Indicted In Death Of 80-Year-Old Warren Pedestrian

    A local driver was under the influence of a combination of drugs -- including fentanyl and cocaine -- when his vehicle struck and killed an 80-year-old pedestrian in Lavallette last fall, authorities said. An indictment returned by a grand jury in Toms River charges Brian Kosanke, 39, with vehicular homicide, among other counts, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said ...

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