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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. South Jersey Woman, 61, Stabbed To Death In Burlington Home

    South Jersey Woman, 61, Stabbed To Death In Burlington Home

    A 61-year-old woman was beaten and stabbed to death inside her South Jersey home, authorities said.The body of Carla Nesmith was found at about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday by another resident who had retuned to the home in Burlington City, they said.Nesmith was pronounced dead at the home on the 400 block of Earl Street, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and City of ...

  2. Man Shot In Head Leaving Toms River Apartments Dies, 19

    Man Shot In Head Leaving Toms River Apartments Dies, 19

    A 19-year-old Bayville man shot in the head leaving Toms River apartments over the weekend died of his injuries, authorities said.Javon Cutler of Bayville succumbed to his injuries at approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.Cutler was in the rear passenger's seat of a ...

  3. Small Bets Produce Big $1.3M Win For Plumber At Atlantic City Casino

    Small Bets Produce Big $1.3M Win For Plumber At Atlantic City Casino

    Playing cards is a little different than fixing pipes, a South Jersey plumber-turned-millionaire found in Atlantic City.Small bets made the difference this week when the Atlantic County resident and HVAC contractor hit a $1.3 million royal flush mega jackpot. James, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, left the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as an instant millionaire, ...

  4. South Jersey First Responders Called To Industrial Accident, Worker's Arm Caught In Machinery

    South Jersey First Responders Called To Industrial Accident, Worker's Arm Caught In Machinery

    Burlington area police, EMS and firefighters were called to an industrial accident, authorities said.A worker reportedly got his arm trapped in machine rollers at 200 Richards Road in Burlington, according to initial reportsA tech rescue team had disassembled the machine to free the man about 8 a.m. on Thursday, according to an unconfirmed report. The victim was being airlifted to ...

  5. COVID-19 Cases Reported At Schools In Berkeley, Jackson, Middletown

    COVID-19 Cases Reported At Schools In Berkeley, Jackson, Middletown

    New cases of coronavirus have been reported by three more school districts in Central Jersey.Berkeley Township Elementary School will close for two days after officials identified "additional" coronavirus cases, without disclosing a number or whether they involved students or staff.BTES students will learn remotely on Thursday and Friday, Berkeley Township Superintendent James Roselli ...

  6. Middletown Route 35 Closed, Pole Fire, Wires Down

    Middletown Route 35 Closed, Pole Fire, Wires Down

    Route 35 in Monmouth County was closed in both directions at rush-hour due to power lines down, authorities said.All lanes were closed between Harmony Road and New Monmouth Road in Middletown starting at about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday because of electric poles on fire, reports said.Northbound lanes were reopened about 4:15 p.m. but southbound lanes remained closed.It was not immediately ...

  7. Authorities: Shots Fired In Toms River

    Authorities: Shots Fired In Toms River

    Authorities are investigating a report of shots fired late Tuesday in Ocean County.There was a report of multiple gunshots fired about 11:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Washington Street in Toms River, authorities said.No one was reported hurt.“We are allocating all of our resources to root out the individuals responsible for this brazen lawlessness," Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. ...

  8. Woodbridge Man, 29, Killed In Wrong-Way Head-On Crash With Truck

    Woodbridge Man, 29, Killed In Wrong-Way Head-On Crash With Truck

    A 29-year-old man from Woodbridge was killed when his SUV collided head-on into a truck on an exit ramp in Central Jersey, authorities said. State Police identified the victim as Govinda Rishi of the Keasbey section of Woodbridge. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.The collision occurred on Route 440 northbound, near the Woodbridge Avenue exit ramp in Edison Township, ...

  9. State Police: Monmouth County Pair Arrested For Armed Robbery, 100 Vehicle Break-Ins

    State Police: Monmouth County Pair Arrested For Armed Robbery, 100 Vehicle Break-Ins

    A pair of men from Monmouth County have been arrested for armed robbery and breaking into about 100 vehicles, authorities said. Mario Mondragon, 21, of Long Branch and Genaro Guzman, also 21, of Shrewsbury Township are accused of committing the robberies and burglaries in five municipalities between April and June, New Jersey State Police said.State Police detectives with the Troop ...

  10. Woodbridge Man, 29, Killed In Wrong-Way Head-On Crash With Truck

    Woodbridge Man, 29, Killed In Wrong-Way Head-On Crash With Truck

    A 29-year-old man from Woodbridge was killed when his SUV collided head-on into a truck on an exit ramp in Central Jersey, authorities said. State Police identified the victim as Govinda Rishi of the Keasbey section. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.The collision occurred on Route 440 northbound, near the Woodbridge Avenue exit ramp in Edison Township, state police ...

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