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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. Around The Towns: Candidate Endorsements, Voters' Forum, Help For Human Trafficking Victims

    Around The Towns: Candidate Endorsements, Voters' Forum, Help For Human Trafficking Victims

    Nearly $1 million in federal money has been awarded to a White Plains-based organization that helps survivors of human trafficking.U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison), as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced a U.S. Department of Justice grant from the Office for Victims of Crime totaling $925,000 for My Sisters’ Place, Inc. of White Plains. This grant will ...

  2. Around The Towns: Purdue Pharma Disputes, Candidate Blasts Developers, Vaccine Stats Lawsuit

    Around The Towns: Purdue Pharma Disputes, Candidate Blasts Developers, Vaccine Stats Lawsuit

    Local government lawsuits against the family that owns Purdue Pharma should be allowed to proceed even as the company attempts to reach a nationwide settlement in bankruptcy court over the toll of the opioids crisis, according to a court filing on Wednesday, Oct. 2The filing by 19 cities and towns in Connecticut and three other states comes amid settlement negotiations with the maker of ...

  3. Siena Poll: New Yorkers Think We're More Politically Divided Than Ever

    Siena Poll: New Yorkers Think We're More Politically Divided Than Ever

    A new public opinion poll finds that 65 percent of New Yorkers think "we are more partisan than ever."As Democrats ramp up an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, a Siena College Research Institute poll released on Thursday, Oct. 3 also found that more than one-fourth of the respondents said they think less of the people they know who hold different political viewpoints. Siena ...

  4. Attendance At Playland Amusement Park On The Rise Once Again

    Attendance At Playland Amusement Park On The Rise Once Again

    After a rollercoaster of a decade, attendance at the county-owned Playland Amusement Park was up this summer by more than 10 percent over the 2018 season, according to Westchester officials.The good news coincides with the county cancelling its contract with Standard Amusements, which hoped to take over management of the park in Rye.Playland's 2019 attendance was 508,413, compared with ...

  5. Follow The Laws: New Minimum Wage, Gun Rules, Smoking Limits, Sex Abuse Statutes

    Follow The Laws: New Minimum Wage, Gun Rules, Smoking Limits, Sex Abuse Statutes

    New sales taxes, minimum wage, safe gun storage rules and a 21-year-old minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products became law on Tuesday, Oct. 1.Prepared meals from restaurants, caterers and grocery stores are now taxed at 7.35 percent -- up from 6.35 percent. The 1 percent surcharge applies to supermarket catering services; sandwiches, grinders, coffee or tea sold for takeout; ...

  6. Engel's Committee Subpoenas Pompeo As Part Of Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry

    Engel's Committee Subpoenas Pompeo As Part Of Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry

    U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs; Rep. Adam Schiff, as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, as chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent this letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Friday, Sept. 27 for documents, including many he has refused to produce for weeks.The ...

  7. Impeachment Hearings Hoist Himes Into National Spotlight

    Impeachment Hearings Hoist Himes Into National Spotlight

    Nearly as quickly as the CIA whistleblower attracted national attention, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes was hoisted into the media spotlight.Himes was the second congressman to question Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, Sept. 26.Himes’ questions were part of a broader Democratic Party effort to ...

  8. Impeachment Hearings Hoist Maloney Into National Spotlight

    Impeachment Hearings Hoist Maloney Into National Spotlight

    Nearly as quickly as the CIA whistleblower attracted national attention, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney was hoisted into the media spotlight.Maloney was credited with asking some of the most compelling questions on Thursday, Sept. 26 of Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.Maguire was called to ...

  9. Lamont Announces Multi-State Effort To Curb Vaping, Cannabis, Smoking Hazards

    Lamont Announces Multi-State Effort To Curb Vaping, Cannabis, Smoking Hazards

    After a meeting with the governor of New York on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Gov. Ned Lamont said states are working together to regulate recreational marijuana and vaping products.After meeting privately at Lamont’s official residence, he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced there will be a meeting of regional partners on Oct. 17 to discuss ways states can come up with some common ...

  10. Cuomo Announces Multi-State Effort To Curb Vaping, Cannabis, Smoking Hazards

    Cuomo Announces Multi-State Effort To Curb Vaping, Cannabis, Smoking Hazards

    After a meeting with the governor of Connecticut on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said states are working together to regulate recreational marijuana and vaping products.Cuomo said states are getting a lot of confusion and a lot of debate -- but no leadership -- from Washington on those and other issues.“So, if we’re on our own, let’s hook our boats together and let’s see ...

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