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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. Howell PD: Drug Dealer's False Report Led To Unwarranted Traffic Stop

    Howell PD: Drug Dealer's False Report Led To Unwarranted Traffic Stop

    A suspected drug dealer was out for revenge when he made an unfounded call that caused Howell police to stop an innocent family, authorities said. Frederick T. Esposito, 32, surrendered to face charges of causing a false alarm and making false reports to law enforcement, Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick posted on Facebook Wednesday.The charges stem from a Feb. 8 report that ...

  2. Spread, Testing Results Push NJ Coronavirus Cases To 6,876, With 19 New Deaths Reported

    Spread, Testing Results Push NJ Coronavirus Cases To 6,876, With 19 New Deaths Reported

    The total number of coronavirus cases reported in New Jersey surged by 2,492 on Thursday -- the highest total for a single day since the first case was reported earlier this month.Another 19 deaths were reported, bringing the state total to 81, Gov. Phil Murphy said.With the number of total positive COVID-19 cases reported in New Jersey shooting to 6,876, "the need for ...

  3. UPDATE: ID Released For Man Shot Dead In Trenton

    UPDATE: ID Released For Man Shot Dead In Trenton

    UPDATE: Authorities on Thursday identified a man shot and killed the day before in Trenton as a 29-year-old city resident. Meanwhile, the hunt for his killer continued.Yuell Moore was pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:30 p.m. shooting on Hudson Street, said Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman with the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.It was the city's second daylight shooting death ...

  4. Little Egg Harbor Passenger, 24, Killed In Stafford Crash

    Little Egg Harbor Passenger, 24, Killed In Stafford Crash

    A 24-year-old Little Egg Harbor man was killed Wednesday night when a car he was in crashed into a tree, authorities said.Robert Parlin was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:30 p.m. crash on Stafford Avenue near Hilliard Boulevard, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said in a statement.Driver Jeydon Lowe, 24, of Barnegat, was speeding when he lost control of his 2009 ...

  5. Police Report Second Fatal Shooting This Week In Trenton

    Police Report Second Fatal Shooting This Week In Trenton

    A man was gunned Wednesday afternoon in Trenton, the city's second daylight gunshot death this week. reports.The man was shot in the face on Hudson Street near Pearl Street in the capital city's South Ward, according to The Trentonian and Peterson's Breaking News. The name of the victim, believed to be in his 30s, still hadn't been released, and the circumstances behind the 2:30 ...

  6. Pizza For COVID-19 Shut-Ins, Thanks To Toms River Police

    Pizza For COVID-19 Shut-Ins, Thanks To Toms River Police

    There is a tasty reward for sheltering in place from the coronavirus in Toms River.In the spirit of Great American Takeout Day, the Toms River PBA, FOP and Police Foundation are donating pies to the first 300 customers at specified pizzerias on Thursday.Mention “TRPD Pizza Pies” when ordering one pizza per family while supplies last."We are here for our community to support our ...

  7. Study: New Jersey Needs 100,000 Hospital Beds Or More As Cases Rise Above 4,000

    Study: New Jersey Needs 100,000 Hospital Beds Or More As Cases Rise Above 4,000

    New Jersey had more than 4,000 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday with a total of 62 deaths, officials said.New Jersey has more than 18,000 acute care beds including 2,000 for critical care patients, Murphy said. Officials are working to increase the capacity by 2,360 beds over the next several weeks.But according to a study by researchers at Rutgers University-Camden, that's not nearly ...

  8. NJ Patient Seeking Experimental COVID-19 Drug Flown To UPenn, Mom Cites 'Incredible' Support

    NJ Patient Seeking Experimental COVID-19 Drug Flown To UPenn, Mom Cites 'Incredible' Support

    UPDATE: A 25-year-old New Jersey coronavirus victim whose mother's quest to get him an experimental drug went viral was airlifted to an intensive care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she told Daily Voice on Wednesday.Genny Allard of Ridgewood is hoping doctors will treat her son, Jack Allard of Metuchen, with remdesivir, a drug currently in worldwide clinical ...

  9. Atlantic Law Enforcement Recognizes County's 1st Woman Police Chief From Galloway

    Atlantic Law Enforcement Recognizes County's 1st Woman Police Chief From Galloway

    Galloway Township Police Chief Donna Higbee is being recognized, as part of Women's History Month, as the first woman police chief in Atlantic County.“Chief Higbee is as fine a chief that any law enforcement agency could want to lead them," Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement. Higbee, born and raised in Galloway Township, was sworn in as the chief of its ...

  10. SWAT Team Seizes Guns, Hollow Point Bullets, Drugs In Willingboro Bust

    SWAT Team Seizes Guns, Hollow Point Bullets, Drugs In Willingboro Bust

    Two semi-automatic handguns with hollow point bullets, a high capacity magazine along with heroin, crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia were seized from a 31-year-old Willingboro resident's home, authorities said.The Willingboro SWAT team and local police executed a search warrant at the Garrison Circle home of Antonio Allen, 31, last week, police said,Allen was arrested on ...

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