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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. Services Set For Woodbridge High School Teacher, Matawan Football Coach, 45, Who Died Suddenly

    Services Set For Woodbridge High School Teacher, Matawan Football Coach, 45, Who Died Suddenly

    Visiting hours and a funeral service are set for Monday for a beloved teacher and assistant football coach who died suddenly Wednesday at Woodbridge High School.Longtime business teacher Jeffrey Grimm, 45, was found by other staff who called 9-1-1 from the high school. Grimm, of Union, also served as offensive line football coach for Matawan Regional High School. A visitation ...

  2. Woodbridge High School Teacher Who Died Suddenly ID'd

    Woodbridge High School Teacher Who Died Suddenly ID'd

    A beloved teacher and assistant football coach was found dead at Woodbridge High School on Wednesday after suffering a medical episode.Woodbridge Superintendent Joseph Massimino posted a letter to staff and parents about the death of longtime business teacher Jeffrey Grimm. He was 45 years old.Grimm, of Union, also served as offensive line football coach for Matawan Regional High ...

  3. Happy Holidays: Plenty In Store For Middlesex County Residents Throughout December

    Happy Holidays: Plenty In Store For Middlesex County Residents Throughout December

    Middlesex County celebrates the holidays and more this December with a variety of arts and cultural events -- and a food drive on Saturday.Residents can enjoy a range of free exhibitions, plays, readings and movies promoted by the Middlesex County Arts Institute. Virtual programming also is offered to reach a wider audience. (See online links below.)December’s event highlights ...

  4. Jersey Shore Man Gets 14 Years State Prison In Fatal Stabbing, Prosecutor Says

    Jersey Shore Man Gets 14 Years State Prison In Fatal Stabbing, Prosecutor Says

    A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years state prison in connection with a Jersey Shore stabbing death, authorities said.Kendrick Coley of Little Egg Harbor previously entered a guilty plea on an aggravated manslaughter charge, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.Coley pleaded guilty to the charge before Superior Court Judge Guy P. Ryan on Oct. 1.On ...

  5. NJ Woman Indicted On Animal Abuse Charges After Dogs Found Abandoned For Days: Authorities

    NJ Woman Indicted On Animal Abuse Charges After Dogs Found Abandoned For Days: Authorities

    An Atlantic County Grand Jury has indicted a South Jersey woman for multiple counts of animal cruelty after she allegedly left five dogs unattended in the woods for days, authorities said.Jodi Wozniak, 45, of Galloway has been indicted on five counts of cruelty to animals, bodily injury, failure to care, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill said Friday.On Sept 16, ACPO ...

  6. 2 Firefighters Reported Hurt In Lakewood Blaze: Developing

    2 Firefighters Reported Hurt In Lakewood Blaze: Developing

    A serious multiple-unit house fire left at least two firefighters injured on the Jersey Shore, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The two-alarm fire broke out about 8:30 a.m. Friday at 544 Davids Court in Lakewood, initial reports said.Fire was reported shooting through the roof. Video taken by The Lakewood Scoop showed heavy smoke.An unconfirmed report said one of two ...

  7. UPDATED: Online Gun Threats, 'Rumors' Close Jersey Shore School District

    UPDATED: Online Gun Threats, 'Rumors' Close Jersey Shore School District

    An online threat and comments on social media prompted a school district on the Jersey Shore to cancel in-person classes Friday, But the threat of a gun, and subsequent rumors on the internet turned out to be unfounded, Manchester Township police said in a statement Friday."In order to quell any further public alarm, the Manchester Police Department wanted to inform the community ...

  8. Yes, Again: Explosions Expected To Rattle South Jersey During Military Base's Weekend Training

    Yes, Again: Explosions Expected To Rattle South Jersey During Military Base's Weekend Training

    There's a downside to living near the state's largest military base.South Jersey residents should prepare for another rocket-filled weekend of military training, officials warn. That training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst begins with two days worth of “abundant noise” exercises from live weapons and cratering explosions starting Friday, NJ Advance Media reports.Complaints ...

  9. Possible Electrocution Involving Police Officer Reported In Edison: Developing

    Possible Electrocution Involving Police Officer Reported In Edison: Developing

    An electrocution was reported in Edison late Thursday afternoon, according to a developing and unconfirmed report.The report said a police officer was operating a traffic light control box when the accident occurred.A call to Edison police was not immediately returned. Area firefighters and EMS crews were responded, reports said.The incident occurred at Route 27 and Vineyard Road, ...

  10. Pedestrian Reported Struck In Route 9 Central Jersey Crash: Developing

    Pedestrian Reported Struck In Route 9 Central Jersey Crash: Developing

    A pedestrian was reportedly struck in Central Jersey, according to a developing and unconfirmed report.The crash occurred about 5 p.m. Thursday near 2239 U.S. 9 South in Old Bridge, initial reports said.Police at the scene had requested a medical helicopter.By 5:30 p.m., the crash victim was being transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, reports ...

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