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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. Authorities ID Central Jersey Resident, 75, Killed In House Fire

    Authorities ID Central Jersey Resident, 75, Killed In House Fire

    Authorities have released the name of the Middlesex County resident killed in a house fire on Tuesday.The fire broke out about 5 p.m. at 122 Lowell Street in Carteret.  First responders found Mark Levinzon, 75, of Carteret inside the residence. Levinzon was unresponsive and taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.The cause of death remains undetermined ...

  2. Central Jersey Firefighters Battle Blaze With Casualties

    Central Jersey Firefighters Battle Blaze With Casualties

    Firefighters in Middlesex County were battling a blaze that threatened the life of at least one of the home's occupants, authorities said. The fire was reported at 127 Lowell St. in Carteret.About 5 p.m. Tuesday, an unconfirmed report said that CPR was in progress on one fire victim and that a second victim had been located by first responders.By 7 p.m., unconfirmed reports said ...

  3. SEEN HIM? Florida Fugitive Scammed Elderly Jersey Shore 'Uncle'

    SEEN HIM? Florida Fugitive Scammed Elderly Jersey Shore 'Uncle'

    Authorities are trying to locate a 49-year-old Florida man suspected in a costly telephone scam.Juan C. Piedrahita, 49, of Hollywood, Florida, has been charged with theft by deception for trying to defraud an elderly Jersey Shore resident, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Barnegat Township Police Chief Keith A. Germain.Piedrahita ;remained at large ...

  4. Prosecutor IDs Shooting Victim, 25, Killed At Trenton Gas Station; 20-Year-Old Shot In Face

    Prosecutor IDs Shooting Victim, 25, Killed At Trenton Gas Station; 20-Year-Old Shot In Face

    UPDATED: A 25-year-old man from Mercer County died early Tuesday from gunshot wounds, authorities said.A second person was shot in the face at a Sunoco gas station and remains hospitalized in critical condition after the multiple shooting in Trenton, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri.The two men were blasted by gunfire about 6:30 p.m. at 110 Sanhican Drive, ...

  5. Mercer Prosecutor IDs Victim, 25, Killed In Trenton Shooting; 20-Year-Old Shot In Face

    Mercer Prosecutor IDs Victim, 25, Killed In Trenton Shooting; 20-Year-Old Shot In Face

    UPDATED: A 25-year-old man from Mercer County died early Tuesday from gunshot wounds, authorities said.A second person was shot in the face and remains hospitalized after the multiple shooting in Trenton, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri.Two people were blasted by gunfire about 6:30 p.m. at 110 Sanhican Drive, police said.Both victims were taken to Capital ...

  6. Another Shooting Rocks New Brunswick

    Another Shooting Rocks New Brunswick

    Police in Middlesex County are searching for a suspect wanted in a shooting, authorities said.New Brunswick police responded to a report of shots fired before 8 p.m. on Monday near 33 Paul Robeson Boulevard, according to initial reports.It marked the second shooting in two days in New Brunswick. Police found a man suffering a gunshot wound to his arm. The victim was taken to ...

  7. Atlantic City Police Interrupt Boardwalk Burglaries

    Atlantic City Police Interrupt Boardwalk Burglaries

    Atlantic City police quickly reacted to a store burglary-in-progress, chasing down a suspect, authorities said.On February 20, 2021, a burglary suspect was arrested after fleeing a store in front of a police officer.At 10:54 p.m. on Saturday, a suspect fled a store in front of a patrol officer. Ivaylo Penchev was patrolling in the 3100 block of the Boardwalk when a burglar alarm ...

  8. Lakewood Man Gets 6 Years State Prison For Fatal Hit-Run Crash

    Lakewood Man Gets 6 Years State Prison For Fatal Hit-Run Crash

    A 30-year-old man from Lakewood has been sentenced to six years in state prison for leaving the scene of a fatal crash, authorities said.Mashon Wilson was sentenced on Monday by Superior Court Judge Steven F. Nemeth based on a previously entered guilty plea to knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, according to Ocean County ...

  9. Sick Of Snow, COVID? Six Flags Set To Open Next Month

    Sick Of Snow, COVID? Six Flags Set To Open Next Month

    Have you had enough of this COVID-19 epidemic and seemingly endless winter?The good news is you'll have something else to do starting March 27.Six Flags Great Adventure’s opening day in Jackson is a step closer to the debut of its newest ride: The Jersey Devil Coaster, which will become the world’s tallest, fastest and longest single-rail roller coaster. The Jersey Devil will take ...

  10. NJ STATE PD: Camden County Driver Slammed Into Trees Off Atlantic City Expressway

    NJ STATE PD: Camden County Driver Slammed Into Trees Off Atlantic City Expressway

    UPDATED: State troopers, firefighters and EMS crews were called to a serious crash on Monday in Camden County, authorities said.A car was reported overturned on the Atlantic City Expressway eastbound in Gloucester Township, a New Jersey State Police spokesman said. State police Sgt. Philip Curry said that the single-car crash occurred at 11:19 a.m. near mile marker ...

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