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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. 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. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. EMS, Police Rescue Intoxicated Man Grazed By Train, MTA Says

    EMS, Police Rescue Intoxicated Man Grazed By Train, MTA Says

    An intoxicated man was injured Monday evening by a train as it passed through Long Branch, authorities said.The man was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, MTA spokesman Jim Smith said.The inebriated man made contact with the side of the moving train as it passed the station at 224 3rd Ave. at about 6:15 p.m., Smith said.He was transported to the ...

  7. COVID-19: Amazon Worker At Central Jersey Warehouse Tests Positive

    COVID-19: Amazon Worker At Central Jersey Warehouse Tests Positive

    At least one Amazon employee at a Mercer County warehouse reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the reported total in New Jersey to three on Monday.Amazon confirmed a diagnosed case of coronavirus in the company's Robbinsville facility, NJ.com reported."We’ve taken extreme measures to keep people safe, tripling down on deep cleaning, procuring available safety ...

  8. Murphy Relents, Allows Gun Shops To Open Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    Murphy Relents, Allows Gun Shops To Open Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    Gun shops in New Jersey can now open as an essential business during the coronavirus outbreak -- but "by appointment only and under limited hours," Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.Murphy originally classified gun shops as "non-essential" businesses required to be closed as part of an executive order.He changed that on Monday, saying that he was following U.S. Department of Homeland ...

  9. UPDATED: More Jersey Shore Beaches, Boardwalks Close Amid Coronavirus Fears

    UPDATED: More Jersey Shore Beaches, Boardwalks Close Amid Coronavirus Fears

    UPDATE: Asbury Park, Bradley, Island Heights, Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean City, Sea Girt and Spring Lake are closing down their boardwalks to stop the spread of coronavirus. Brick, Island Heights, Lavellette and Ocean Heights closed their beaches, joining Seaside Heights. The boardwalk in Seaside Heights remains open -- for now.New Jersey issued an executive order Tuesday giving ...

  10. Central Jersey Mayor Tests Positive For Coronavirus

    Central Jersey Mayor Tests Positive For Coronavirus

    Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman said Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus and is recovering in self-quarantine at home.“I was tested last week and I received the results this morning, nearly seven days later, which is a long time to wait for results but it shows the importance of self-quarantining and following the advice of the CDC and Governor Murphy’s executive orders to help ...

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