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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. 15 Ticketed At Lakewood Funeral For Violating NJ Coronavirus Order

    15 Ticketed At Lakewood Funeral For Violating NJ Coronavirus Order

    UPDATE: Lakewood police ticketed 15 people at a large funeral in violation of state coronavirus restrictions, as the number of illegal gatherings -- and charges -- continue unabated.They also arrested one of the funeral guests for giving a false name and Social Security number, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lakewood Township Police Chief Gregory Meyer said in a ...

  2. South Jersey Home Aide Charged With Sexually Assaulting Severely Impaired Teenager

    South Jersey Home Aide Charged With Sexually Assaulting Severely Impaired Teenager

    A 33-year-old Burlington County home caregiver sexually abused a developmentally impaired teenager and broke her leg, authorities charged.Edmondo DiPaolo of Pemberton is charged with aggravated sexual assault, among other counts, involving the 16-year-old patient.The wheelchair-bound Southampton girl has a degenerative brain disorder that leaves her unable to move or speak and ...

  3. 'HEART OF GOLD': Lakewood Rabbi Zeev Rothschild, 62, Dies Of Coronavirus

    'HEART OF GOLD': Lakewood Rabbi Zeev Rothschild, 62, Dies Of Coronavirus

    Rabbi Zeev Rothschild, 62, of Lakewood died Wednesday due to COVID-19 complications.Rabbi Rothschild lived on Forest Avenue in the heart of Lakewood Township around the corner from Bais Medrash Govoah, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish Litvak yeshiva.Rothschild was the founder and owner of NPGS, a local food co-op with two locations, one in Lakewood and one in Jackson.Originally launched as ...

  4. Monmouth Man, 34, Charged With Attempted Murder In Stabbing

    Monmouth Man, 34, Charged With Attempted Murder In Stabbing

    A Monmouth County man was charged with attempted murder after stabbing his roommate during a fight, authorities said.Police arrested Jairo Lopes-Dossantos, 34, of Eatontown after responding to 911 call Sunday night on Malibu Drive, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.The 39-year-old victim was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center ...

  5. One Dead In Crash Near Great Adventure

    One Dead In Crash Near Great Adventure

    One person was dead after a car crashed into a tree Wednesday morning near Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ State Police confirmed.The car hit the tree around 7 a.m. on westbound Monmouth Road (Route 537) near the amusement park, NJSP Lt. Theodore Schafer said.State Police were investigating.CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS

  6. Newark Police Ticket 161 'Knuckleheads' For Violating Coronavirus Curfew

    Newark Police Ticket 161 'Knuckleheads' For Violating Coronavirus Curfew

    Newark police closed 15 non-essential businesses and issued 161 summonses to people accused of violating governmental orders designed to combat the coronavirus, authorities said Tuesday.The tickets are further proof that authorities won't tolerate "knucklehead gatherings," Gov. Phil Murphy said."I don't know why people are not thinking about themselves," NJ State Police Supt. Col. ...

  7. NJ Officials: Laid-Off South Jersey Nurses, Doctors Could Go North To Fight COVID-19

    NJ Officials: Laid-Off South Jersey Nurses, Doctors Could Go North To Fight COVID-19

    Recently laid-off doctors and nurses from South Jersey could be relocated to North Jersey as the number of cornonavirus patients continued its rapid rise there, the state's health commissioner said Tuesday."We need every health care worker that we have in the state and more,” Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Tuesday.Shore Medical Center in Atlantic County on Monday asked staff to ...

  8. Murphy Details Rise In Positive NJ Coronavirus Cases, Testing Sites, PPE

    Murphy Details Rise In Positive NJ Coronavirus Cases, Testing Sites, PPE

    An additional 69 coronavirus-related deaths brought New Jersey's overall total to 267 since the pandemic began, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday, while promoting the additions of testing sites and protective gear.Murphy reported 2,196 new COVID-19 cases, bringing New Jersey's total positive cases to 18,696. The governor specifically mentioned two fatalities, those of Passaic ...

  9. TRUE HERO: Gulf War Vet, Park Ridge Cop-Turned-Nurse Fights Coronavirus In Second Career Battle

    TRUE HERO: Gulf War Vet, Park Ridge Cop-Turned-Nurse Fights Coronavirus In Second Career Battle

    A former Park Ridge police officer is on the front lines of the coronavirus war just three months into his new career, armed with new expertise. After retiring from law enforcement after 25 years, Laughton recently started a new career in nursing with a 2019 degree from Bergen Community College. Lisa Catalano Cifalino, his manager at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, launched a ...

  10. NJ National Guard Captain Is 1st Coronavirus Death In U.S. Military

    NJ National Guard Captain Is 1st Coronavirus Death In U.S. Military

    A captain in the New Jersey Army National Guard has died of the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday night.U.S. Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok of Jackson died on Saturday, seven days after being hospitalized.Hickok is the first U.S. service member to die of the coronavirus, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said.Hickok was originally from Jackson and served as ...

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