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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. Monmouth Accountant Arrested For Swindling $385K

    Monmouth Accountant Arrested For Swindling $385K

    A Middlesex County man with an Englishtown-based accounting firm has been arrested for stealing tax payments from a wholesale distributor, authorities said.William A. Berry of South Plainfield was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.The victims, former New Jersey residents, own a ...

  2. Staten Island Driver, 43, Killed In Central Jersey Route 9 Collision

    Staten Island Driver, 43, Killed In Central Jersey Route 9 Collision

    A 43-year-old man from New York City was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Route 9 in Monmouth County, authorities said.James Marshall of Staten Island was southbound near the intersection with Schulmeister Road at about 1:45 a.m. on Thursday when his vehicle rear-ended a tractor-trailer, according to Old Bridge police.The truck driver from Perth Amboy, also 43, had no ...

  3. Fatal Trenton Police Shooting 'Justified' At 2018 Arts Festival, Mercer Prosecutor Says

    Fatal Trenton Police Shooting 'Justified' At 2018 Arts Festival, Mercer Prosecutor Says

    A deadly gang-related gun battle involving four Trenton police officers during an arts and music festival was justified, authorities said.The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office announced its findings on Thursday after investigating the fatal June 2018 shooting at the "Art All Night"  festival.The use of force by two detectives and two officers was legally justified, Mercer County ...

  4. Prosecutor: South Jersey Mother Created Fake GoFundMe Accounts For 'Dead' Son, 'Premature' Baby

    Prosecutor: South Jersey Mother Created Fake GoFundMe Accounts For 'Dead' Son, 'Premature' Baby

    A 33-year-old woman from South Jersey created a fictitious GoFundMe campaign to raise "funeral money" for her 4-year-old son, "who she claimed died of cancer," authorities said.She also created multiple online fundraising accounts for other fake causes, they said, seeking more than $11,000 total.In reality, the woman from Little Egg Harbor signed away her parental rights ...

  5. Burlington County Man, 28, Fatally Shot

    Burlington County Man, 28, Fatally Shot

    A 28-year-old man from Burlington County was fatally shot early Thursday outside of his home, authorities said.Barry Barino of the Millbrook Park section of Willingboro Township was killed about 1:30 a.m., Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon said.Willingboro Township police officers were called to the first ...

  6. South Jersey City Rocked By Fatal Gunfire

    South Jersey City Rocked By Fatal Gunfire

    Two men were killed and a woman injured in an early morning Salem City shooting, marking the city's ninth and tenth homicides this year.The shooting occurred just after midnight in a home on Thompson Street in Salem City, Salem Police Chief John Pelura III said in a Facebook post.Authorities have identified a suspect and are pursuing leads with the Salem County Prosecutor’s ...

  7. Rockland Fugitive Barricades Himself In Jersey Shore Club, Authorities Say

    Rockland Fugitive Barricades Himself In Jersey Shore Club, Authorities Say

    This story has been updated.A SWAT team was called to a vacant beachfront club in Central Jersey after a Rockland County fugitive refused to leave, authorities said.The man was wanted for making terroristic threats against law enforcement in Ramapo, New York, they said.Deal police responded to a call about a trespasser at 12:41 p.m. on Wednesday. The man became uncooperative, prompting ...

  8. Staten Island Driver, 43, Killed In Central Jersey Route 9 Collision

    Staten Island Driver, 43, Killed In Central Jersey Route 9 Collision

    UPDATED: A 43-year-old man from New York City was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Route 9 in Monmouth County, authorities said.James Marshall of Staten Island was southbound near the intersection with Schulmeister Road at about 1:45 a.m. on Thursday when his vehicle rear-ended a tractor-trailer, according to Old Bridge police.The truck driver from Perth Amboy, also 43, ...

  9. Rockland Fugitive Barricades Himself In Jersey Shore Club, Authorities Say

    Rockland Fugitive Barricades Himself In Jersey Shore Club, Authorities Say

    UPDATED: A SWAT team was called to a vacant beachfront club in Central Jersey after a Rockland County man refused to leave, authorities said.The man was wanted for making terroristic threats against law enforcement in Ramapo, New York, they said.Deal police responded to a call about a trespasser at 12:41 p.m. on Wednesday. The man became uncooperative, prompting an hours-long ...

  10. UPDATE: Lakewood DPW Will Sanitize Howell Parks After New COVID Wave

    UPDATE: Lakewood DPW Will Sanitize Howell Parks After New COVID Wave

    UPDATED: An uptick in coronavirus temporarily closed public parks and ballfields in one Monmouth County township.But the Lakewood Department of Public Works has offered to come to the rescue and sanitize parks in Howell, reversing its previous park closure announcement.Howell Township's Office of Emergency Management announced on Tuesday that all parks are ordered closed ...

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