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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. Mullica Township Burglar Shot, Killed, Prosecutor Says

    Mullica Township Burglar Shot, Killed, Prosecutor Says

    A man shot during an overnight Mullica Township home burglary died of his injuries, authorities said.Paul Destefano, 30, broke into a home in the 3000 block of Moores Avenue and was shot by an unidentified civilian around 3 a.m. Monday, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.Destefano was airlifted to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City after someone called 911 ...

  2. COVID-19: Big NJ Lottery Winners Won't Be Able To Cash Out With Front Office Closing

    COVID-19: Big NJ Lottery Winners Won't Be Able To Cash Out With Front Office Closing

    New Jersey Lottery ticket sales and drawings will continue despite the coronavirus outbreak.However, to guard against the spread of COVID-19, the New Jersey Lottery’s front office is temporarily closed for walk-in prize claims. The front office will be closed for two weeks until April 3, officials said, while they review and revise protocols for paying claims.Claims less than ...

  3. GUILTY: Egg Harbor Man Convicted Of Killing Atlantic City Man With Shot To Head

    GUILTY: Egg Harbor Man Convicted Of Killing Atlantic City Man With Shot To Head

    Jurors on Thursday convicted a 37-year-old man from Egg Harbor Township of killing an Atlantic City man with a gunshot to the head in what authorities said was a drug-related slaying.The jury in Mays Landing convicted Troy Demby of slaying 30-year-old Raphael G. Terrigino in a parked car in Pleasantville in February 2018 and of having and selling cocaine, Atlantic County Prosecutor ...

  4. GoFundMe Campaigns Launched For NJ Family Devastated by Coronavirus

    GoFundMe Campaigns Launched For NJ Family Devastated by Coronavirus

    A pair of GoFundMe campaigns have been launched to help a Monmouth County family gutted by the coronavirus pandemic.Four members of the Fusco family have died in the last week and several others remain hospitalized in critical condition.Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, was New Jersey's third fatality and the first in her family. She died last Friday at CentraState Medical Center. Grace ...

  5. Bordentown Township PD: Driver Crashes SUV Into Police Car In Second DWI In Less Than 24 Hours

    Bordentown Township PD: Driver Crashes SUV Into Police Car In Second DWI In Less Than 24 Hours

    A 48-year-old driver from Trenton was arrested twice for driving drunk in one weekend -- the second time after he crashed his SUV into a Bordentown city police car, their colleagues in Bordentown Township said.Andre Moses was driving a 2004 Cadillac Escalade when police found him stopped at green light on Route 206 at Stanton Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. March 6, township police ...

  6. Coronavirus Kills 3 Members Of Same NJ Family, Three More Critical

    Coronavirus Kills 3 Members Of Same NJ Family, Three More Critical

    A New Jersey mother of 11 and grandmother of 27 became the third member of her family to die after contracting the coronavirus. The infections were connected to New Jersey's first coronavirus fatality because of horse racing.Grave Fusco, the 73-year-old family matriarch from Freehold, didn't know that one of her sons died hours earlier, or that her daughter, Rita Fusco-Jackson, had ...

  7. COVID-19: State Coronavirus Cases Rise To 742 including 9 Deaths

    COVID-19: State Coronavirus Cases Rise To 742 including 9 Deaths

    New Jersey reported 318 new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 742."We have expected these numbers,'' Gov. Phil Murphy said at a noon news conference. "These numbers will go into the many thousands." Murphy attributed the increase to more testing around the state as well as community spread of the deadly virus."There are sadly ...

  8. Trenton Offers 'Grab And Go' Dinners For Children, Mercer Meals On Wheels Widens Delivery

    Trenton Offers 'Grab And Go' Dinners For Children, Mercer Meals On Wheels Widens Delivery

    The City of Trenton is distributing free dinners to children at these locations from 4 to 6 p.m.: Sam Naples Recreation Center, 611 Chestnut St.; West Ward Center, 351 Prospect St.; and the Ike Williams Recreation Center, 238 Clay St.The Trenton-Area Soup Kitchen, meanwhile, is encouraging volunteers to help Mercer County distribute meals during the coronavirus outbreak.Beginning this ...

  9. Former Priest-Turned-Bookstore Owner From Asbury Park Charged With Having Sex With Teen

    Former Priest-Turned-Bookstore Owner From Asbury Park Charged With Having Sex With Teen

    Authorities in Virginia charged a former priest and current independent bookstore co-owner from Asbury Park with having sex with a minor.Scott Asalone, 63, was arrested in Asbury Park this past weekend by Virginia State Police and New Jersey law enforcement officers, authorities said.Asalone -- an author, speaker and poet who's also worked as a consultant for private and ...

  10. Atlantic County Reports 1st Positive COVID-19 Cases

    Atlantic County Reports 1st Positive COVID-19 Cases

    An Atlantic County man in his 60s tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the county’s first positive test for COVID-19, officials said.The man, whose name was not released, has underlying health conditions and was asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said in a statement.State officials announced two other presumptive positive ...

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