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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. Obama Pentagon Expert On Russia From Chappaqua Joins Race For Westchester Congressional Seat

    Obama Pentagon Expert On Russia From Chappaqua Joins Race For Westchester Congressional Seat

    A former assistant defense secretary from the Obama Administration -- who has been openly critical of President Donald Trump’s Russian connections -- officially joined the race for the New York congressional seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison.Evelyn Farkas, a national security analyst and author, announced her campaign on Monday, Nov. 18 here on Twitter and on ...

  2. Westchester Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Takes Leading Role In House Impeachment Inquiry

    Westchester Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Takes Leading Role In House Impeachment Inquiry

    Maybe you were at work and unable to tune into, watch or listen to Wednesday's opening day of public testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee.  U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, whose 18th Congressional District includes northern Westchester County and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was there.As part of the House impeachment inquiry, ...

  3. Fairfield County Congressman Jim Himes Likens Trump To 'Mob Boss' In House Impeachment Hearings

    Fairfield County Congressman Jim Himes Likens Trump To 'Mob Boss' In House Impeachment Hearings

    Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes took a lead role during the six-hour House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing on Friday, Nov. 15 while questioning the third public witness, former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Himes, whose 4th Congressional District includes Fairfield County, said, "I'm angry, and I've been angry since I learned about your summary and ...

  4. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Yorktown HS Grad, Slams Trump For 'Witness Intimidation'

    Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Yorktown HS Grad, Slams Trump For 'Witness Intimidation'

    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Yorktown High School graduate who now represents parts of New York City, didn't hold back on Friday, swatting back at President Donald Trump on Twitter after the Republican tweeted about former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and her 33 years of public service as a federal diplomatic officer overseas.""Trump himself is clearly not ...

  5. U.S. House Hearings Present Open, Televised Testimony Against President Trump

    U.S. House Hearings Present Open, Televised Testimony Against President Trump

    In his defense, President Donald Trump's supporters point to what the Republican from New York described as a "perfect" transcript of summer phone calls with Ukraine's president. Trump admitted requesting help investigating alleged corruption in Ukraine. The matter allegedly involved former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.Outside the White House fence, protesters chanted during ...

  6. U.S. House Begins Taking Open, Televised Testimony Against President Trump

    U.S. House Begins Taking Open, Televised Testimony Against President Trump

    In his defense, President Donald Trump's supporters point to what the Republican from New York described as a "perfect" transcript of summer phone calls with Ukraine's president. Trump admitted requesting help investigating alleged corruption in Ukraine. The matter allegedly involved former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.Outside the White House fence, protesters chanted during ...

  7. Westchester Congressmen Guide Open, Televised Testimony Against President Trump

    Westchester Congressmen Guide Open, Televised Testimony Against President Trump

    In his defense, President Donald Trump's supporters point to what the Republican from New York described as a "perfect" transcript of summer phone calls with Ukraine's president. Trump admitted requesting help investigating alleged corruption in Ukraine. The matter allegedly involved former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.Outside the White House fence, protesters chanted during ...

  8. Who Wants To Run For U.S. Congress?

    Who Wants To Run For U.S. Congress?

    Countdown, engines on, toward June 2020.The field of candidates interested in running for U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat in Westchester and Rockland counties continues to widen.Lowey, 82, of Harrison announced her retirement on Oct. 10. After serving 31 years, Lowey now chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee as a senior member of Congress.There are three ...

  9. 10-Plus Candidates Consider Primary Race For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    10-Plus Candidates Consider Primary Race For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    Politically speaking, 2020 is creeping into 2019. The field of candidates interested in running for U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat in Westchester and Rockland counties is growing weekly. Lowey, 82, of Harrison announced her retirement on Oct. 10 after serving 31 years. She now chairs the House Appropriations Committee.There are three announced Democratic candidates ...

  10. Letter To The Editor: 'Local Board Members Are The True Champions Of Our System Of Government'

    Letter To The Editor: 'Local Board Members Are The True Champions Of Our System Of Government'

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor.To the Editor:National and state politics get most of the media’s attention. Yet, 90 percent of our democracy functions on a local level. The citizen volunteers that serve on town boards, councils and commissions are the true champions of our system of government.Local office holders are the bedrock of a community and ...

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