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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. Westchester Congressman Has Lead Role In Opening Public Impeachment Testimony

    Westchester Congressman Has Lead Role In Opening Public Impeachment Testimony

    This story has been updated with links to the opening days' questioning by U.S. congressmen representing Westchester County, NY, and Fairfield County, CT.In his defense, President Donald Trump's supporters point to what the Republican from New York described as a "perfect" transcript of summer phone calls with Ukraine's president. Trump admitted requesting help investigating alleged ...

  2. Who Wants To Run For U.S. Congress?

    Who Wants To Run For U.S. Congress?

    Countdown, engines on, toward June 2020.The field of candidates interested in running for U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat in Westchester and Rockland counties continues to widen.Lowey, 82, of Harrison announced her retirement on Oct. 10. After serving 31 years, Lowey now chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee as a senior member of Congress.There are three ...

  3. 10-Plus Candidates Consider Primary Race For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    10-Plus Candidates Consider Primary Race For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    Politically speaking, 2020 is creeping into 2019. The field of candidates interested in running for U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat in Westchester and Rockland counties is growing weekly. Lowey, 82, of Harrison announced her retirement on Oct. 10 after serving 31 years. She now chairs the House Appropriations Committee.There are three announced Democratic candidates ...

  4. Letter To The Editor: 'Local Board Members Are The True Champions Of Our System Of Government'

    Letter To The Editor: 'Local Board Members Are The True Champions Of Our System Of Government'

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor.To the Editor:National and state politics get most of the media’s attention. Yet, 90 percent of our democracy functions on a local level. The citizen volunteers that serve on town boards, councils and commissions are the true champions of our system of government.Local office holders are the bedrock of a community and ...

  5. Most Incumbent Selectmen, Republicans Prevail In Fairfield County Elections

    Most Incumbent Selectmen, Republicans Prevail In Fairfield County Elections

    No "Donald Trump" factor in the mostly blue Connecticut during this local election cycle. Republicans won key races in Fairfield and Greenwich on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and retained the mayoral seat in Danbury.State Republican Chairman J.R. Romano cheered: "These results are nothing less than a stunning shot across the bow for out-of-touch liberal Democrats. . . ."Regardless of political ...

  6. Trumped Again: Republicans Trounced In Local Westchester Elections

    Trumped Again: Republicans Trounced In Local Westchester Elections

    The so-called Donald Trump factor toppled local Republican candidates for a third straight general election in Westchester.Especially at the top of the ticket, Democrats defeated Republicans although incumbents from both political parties defeated most challengers. Also notably, the Democratic Party appears to have added a 14th and 15th seat to its supermajority on the 17-member ...

  7. Incumbents, Especially Democrats, Defeat GOP On Interesting Local Election Night

    Incumbents, Especially Democrats, Defeat GOP On Interesting Local Election Night

    Early election returns on Tuesday indicated that voters favored incumbents over challengers -- and Democrats over Republicans --  in several city mayoral races and in most of the 17 races for Westchester County Board of Legislators.Shortly after midnight, longtime Harrison Mayor Ronald Belmont had gained a slight lead over Democratic insurgent Frank Gordon. Although Republican ...

  8. Most Incumbent Mayors Re-Elected Across Connecticut

    Most Incumbent Mayors Re-Elected Across Connecticut

    Regardless of political party, longevity proved to be the biggest local winner on Election Day statewide.In Danbury, Republican Mayor Mark Boughton, who ran an unsuccessful run for his party’s nomination for governor last year, declared victory for his record 10th two-year term as the city’s CEO. Boughton faced facing a tough challenge from former City Council President Chris Setaro, a ...

  9. Low Turnout Reported For Most Local Elections

    Low Turnout Reported For Most Local Elections

    Voter turnout for Tuesday’s local elections was reported as slow but steady across Fairfield County, with big city mayor to town selectmen, zoning board posts and local referendum questions on the ballot. Voter turnout was predictably stronger in Bridgeport and Greenwich, where there were higher-profile elections on Nov. 5.By Tuesday evening, voter turnout was averaging about 19 ...

  10. Who Did You Vote For On Election Day In Fairfield County?

    Who Did You Vote For On Election Day In Fairfield County?

    If you voted in Fairfield County on Tuesday, Nov. 5, you were asked to elect school board members and various town posts, including selectmen. City mayoral jobs also were on the ballot in Bridgeport, Danbury and Norwalk.Greenwich residents voted on top town government positions, including first selectman. Similar high-profile elections took place in Fairfield and New Canaan.For ...

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