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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. One Man Killed, 12 Others Displaced By Trenton Fire

    One Man Killed, 12 Others Displaced By Trenton Fire

    A 46-year-old man from Trenton was killed in a three-alarm fire that gutted four homes over the weekend, authorities said.At about 1 a.m. Saturday, the fire started in a house at 19 Elm St., before spreading to three adjoining homes, city officials said. It took firefighters nearly three hours to bring the blaze under control, reports said.The victim's name had not been ...

  2. Shooting Reported In Central Jersey

    Shooting Reported In Central Jersey

    First responders were called to a report of a shooting Sunday night in Middlesex County, authorities said.At about 9:35 p.m., gunshots were reported near Alexander and Somerset streets in New Brunswick, according to initial reports.New Brunswick police officers found a man suffering bullet wounds at that location. The victim was taken to an area hospital. The shooting suspect ...

  3. Authorities ID Man, 20, Killed In Lakewood Drive-By Shooting

    Authorities ID Man, 20, Killed In Lakewood Drive-By Shooting

    Authorities have identified the 20-year-old man killed during a drive-by shooting on Sunday night in Ocean County.At about 7:40 p.m, Lakewood police responded to reports of shots fired at 166 Tudor Court, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lakewood Township Police Chief Gregory Meyer.A 9-1-1 caller said that a man had collapsed in the middle of ...

  4. Central Jersey Police Pursuit Ends In Crash, Suspects In Custody

    Central Jersey Police Pursuit Ends In Crash, Suspects In Custody

    A police pursuit in Monmouth County ended with a crash and arrest of two suspects, authorities said.A chase began about 5:30 p.m. on Friday near 326 W. Main St. in Freehold after an "unspecified incident that occurred at WalMart," initial reports said.A vehicle being pursued by Freehold Township police reportedly crashed along Route 33. By 5:51 p.m., two people were in custody, ...

  5. Seven Arrested In Atlantic City Drug Sting

    Seven Arrested In Atlantic City Drug Sting

    Seven Atlantic City residents have been arrested in connection with drug dealing, authorities said. Acting on a Tuesday tip from city residents about drug dealing led to the arrests, according to Lt. Kevin Fair, a police department spokesman.Members of the Atlantic City Police Department’s Special Investigations Section and SWAT Team made a  warranted search in the 100 block ...

  6. Prosecutor: Central Jersey Dealer Gets 6 Years State Prison For Causing Heroin Overdose Death

    Prosecutor: Central Jersey Dealer Gets 6 Years State Prison For Causing Heroin Overdose Death

    A 31-year-old drug dealer from Monmouth County has been sentenced to six years in state prison in connection with the fatal heroin overdose of a woman from Morris County, authorities said.Lateef Reevey, 31, of Long Branch, was sentenced on Wednesday by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Lourdes Lucas as a result of a plea to first-degree strict liability for drug induced ...

  7. Three Dogs Killed As Major Fire Topples Gloucester County Home

    Three Dogs Killed As Major Fire Topples Gloucester County Home

    UPDATED: Firefighters battled a major house fire in Gloucester County that killed at least three dogs, authorities said.The blaze broke out about 1 p.m. and eventually led to a collapse in the structure, initial reports said.One of the homeowner's four dogs remained unaccounted for late Thursday afternoon. Three other dogs were found dead inside the home, according to an unconfirmed ...

  8. First Responders Rescue Trapped South Jersey Crash Victim

    First Responders Rescue Trapped South Jersey Crash Victim

    Police, firefighters and EMS crews were at the scene of a single-car crash in Burlington County where the driver was trapped, authorities said.About 3 p.m., the car landed in a ditch at Brandywine Road and North Pemberton Road in Pemberton Township, according to initial reports.An unconfirmed report said that the injured driver was suffering seizures at the scene of the crash.Police had ...

  9. NJ Marine Experts Rescue Stranded Seals

    NJ Marine Experts Rescue Stranded Seals

    Several injured seals have been rescued and are recovering at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in South Jersey, authorities said.A stranded harbor seal with a gaping bloody wound under his left front flipper and an open injury on the same flipper was found on the beach in Strathmere in Cape May County on Feb. 4.“Our veterinarian was able to surgically remove the affected digit, ...

  10. Trenton Man, 41, Charged In Fatal Shooting

    Trenton Man, 41, Charged In Fatal Shooting

    A 41-year-old man from Trenton has been charged in connection with a shooting death last spring, authorities said.Bobby Vazquez, 41, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree weapons offenses, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri.Vazquez, who was being held at the Mercer County Correction Center on unrelated charges. has been additionally charged ...

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