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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. Atlantic City PD: Teen Armed Robber Returned To Purse-Snatching Scene

    Atlantic City PD: Teen Armed Robber Returned To Purse-Snatching Scene

    Atlantic City police caught an armed robbery suspect after he returned to the scene of a purse snatching, authorities said.A juvenile male was arrested after returning to the area where an armed robbery was committed, according to Lt. Kevin Fair, a police department spokesman.At 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, patrol officers responded to Sovereign and Atlantic Avenues for a report of a ...

  2. ICE ALERT: Numerous Crashes On Garden State Parkway

    ICE ALERT: Numerous Crashes On Garden State Parkway

    New Jersey State Police were responding to numerous reports of crashes due to ice on the Garden State Parkway, authorities said.Crashes due to poor weather were being reported between mile-marker 112 and mile-marker 100 in Tinton Falls, according to initial reports on Tuesday afternoon.South and northbound inner and outer lanes are all affected due to icing in Monmouth County, reports ...

  3. SEEN HIM? Middlesex Man Suspected Of Torching Vehicle

    SEEN HIM? Middlesex Man Suspected Of Torching Vehicle

    Authorities in Central Jersey are looking for a man and sedan involved in torching another vehicle.Photos of the arson suspect were released on Tuesday by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Woodbridge Police Director Robert Hubner On Nov. 26 at 1:48 A.M., Woodbridge police were called to South Harrison Avenue about a vehicle on fire, they said.A masked ...

  4. Prosecutor: South Jersey Pair Caused Fatal Fentanyl-Heroin Overdose

    Prosecutor: South Jersey Pair Caused Fatal Fentanyl-Heroin Overdose

    Two men from South Jersey have been indicted in connection with a fatal overdose in 2018 of an Atlantic County man, authorities said.An Atlantic County Grand Jury returned an indictment last week charging Emery Chapman, 39, of Pleasantville and Brian Whitted, 56, of Galloway Township with first-degree strict liability for a drug related death, conspiracy, possession with intent to ...

  5. WINNER: One South Jersey Lottery Player Wins $1K Weekly For Life

    WINNER: One South Jersey Lottery Player Wins $1K Weekly For Life

    One New Jersey Lottery Cash4Life ticket worth $1,000-a-week for life was sold in South Jersey, officials said.The Cash4Life ticket matched the five white balls drawn for Monday's drawing winning the second prize, state Lottery officials said.The winning ticket was sold at One Stop Shoppe, 774 Eayrestown Road in Lumberton in Burlington County.The winning numbers were: 24, 32, 35, 43 and ...

  6. TOP THIS: Six Flags Erects World's Tallest Jersey Devil Coaster Ride

    TOP THIS: Six Flags Erects World's Tallest Jersey Devil Coaster Ride

    The final track piece of Jersey Devil Coaster, the world’s tallest, longest and fastest single-rail coaster, was placed on Monday afternoon, according to officials at Six Flags Great Adventure.This “topping off” 130 feet in the sky marks the completion of track construction on the amusement park's highly-anticipated scream machine, set to open later this year. The new ride still needs ...

  7. SEEN ANYTHING? Central Jersey Police Investigate Attempted Armed Abduction

    SEEN ANYTHING? Central Jersey Police Investigate Attempted Armed Abduction

    Police in Middlesex County are looking for the driver of a pickup truck who approached a woman with a handgun as she walked in New Brunswick overnight.The attempted abduction occurred about midnight on Easton Avenue near Wycoff Street, New Brunswick police said.The woman told police a red, four-door pickup pulled up next to her and the driver pointed a handgun while demanding that she ...

  8. Freehold Police Seek Public's Help In Fatal Head-On Crash

    Freehold Police Seek Public's Help In Fatal Head-On Crash

    Police in Monmouth County are seeking witnesses of a head-on crash that killed a Toms River woman on Sunday afternoon. The 85-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, died at the scene of the crash, Freehold Township police said,The driver of the other vehicle was a 42-year-old man from Freehold Township who was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, police ...

  9. Trio Arrested On Drug Charges After Brick Resident's Tip

    Trio Arrested On Drug Charges After Brick Resident's Tip

    Three Ocean County men have been arrested on a variety of drug charges, authorities said.The Brick Police Department's Street Crimes detectives made two motor vehicle stops on Jan. 20 related to an investigation of reported drug activity from a Cypress Avenue residence in the Cedarwood Park section of the township. The stops resulted in three arrests, according to Sgt. Jim ...

  10. Memorial Fund Established For Central Jersey Fire Victim, 21

    Memorial Fund Established For Central Jersey Fire Victim, 21

    Friends of a 21-year-old man killed in a house fire last week have raised more than $20,000 for a memorial and for his family members in Haiti.Bleriot Thompson, on a GoFundMe page, wrote this about Woodbridge fire victim Chadly Julien: "We want to give Chadly the memorial that he deserves. I am currently asking for donations to help aid his family through this difficult time. ...

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