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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. News Helicopters Told To 'Back Off' As First Responders Rescue South Jersey Swamp Victim

    News Helicopters Told To 'Back Off' As First Responders Rescue South Jersey Swamp Victim

    Television news cameras circling above an emergency rescue reportedly were told Wednesday to "back off'' from the South Jersey scene, authorities said.EMS crews and firefighters in Gloucester County were called about 4 p.m. on Wednesday about someone stuck in a swamp, initial reports said. The "trauma rescue" took place near 1452 Delsea Drive in Franklin Township, reports ...

  2. Suspected Camden Drug Dealer Indicted In Fatal Fentanyl Overdose, Burlington Prosecutor Says

    Suspected Camden Drug Dealer Indicted In Fatal Fentanyl Overdose, Burlington Prosecutor Says

    A 31-year-old alleged drug dealer from South Jersey has been indicted for causing the fatal overdose of a Burlington County woman, authorities said.A Burlington County Grand Jury returned the indictment against Tareese Brown of Ablett Village in Camden, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.Brown was arrested for allegedly selling a lethal mix of fentanyl-laced heroin ...

  3. Central Jersey Parolee, 35, Found Guilty Of Strangling His Fiancee, Prosecutor Says

    Central Jersey Parolee, 35, Found Guilty Of Strangling His Fiancee, Prosecutor Says

    A 35-year-old parolee from Central Jersey has been found guilty of strangling his fiancee during a domestic violence dispute in 2019, authorities said.The Tuesday verdict also happened to be the first criminal jury trial in Monmouth County since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to Acting County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.Jaself Brown, 35, of Keansburg, was found guilty of ...

  4. Atlantic City Bicyclist Crashes, Arrested With Stolen Handgun, Police Say

    Atlantic City Bicyclist Crashes, Arrested With Stolen Handgun, Police Say

    A 22-year-old bicyclist from Atlantic City was arrested on a weapons charge after colliding with a car, authorities said.After the crash, a reportedly witness told police that a handgun dropped out of the bicycle rider's satchel, an Atlantic City police spokesman said.Detectives found that the handgun had been stolen in North Carolina, according to the police spokesman, Lt. Kevin ...

  5. 5 People Hurt, 2 Motorists Airlifted After Central Jersey Crash

    5 People Hurt, 2 Motorists Airlifted After Central Jersey Crash

    At least five people were seriously hurt, including two motorists who were pinned, authorities said.The crash occurred about 1 p.m. near 82 Arneytown-Hornerstown Road in Upper Freehold, according to initial reports.Medevac choppers were called to take at least two people to a local hospital, according to an unconfirmed report. At least three of the vehicles occupants were being ...

  6. 2-Vehicle Crash At Central Jersey Train Crossing Impacts NJ Transit Line, Authorities Say

    2-Vehicle Crash At Central Jersey Train Crossing Impacts NJ Transit Line, Authorities Say

    A NJ Transit train was delayed briefly before noon after a two-car collision on the tracks, authorities said.The crash was reported late Wednesday morning at Monroe Avenue near 600 Memorial Drive in Asbury Park, initial reports said.A NJ Transit spokesman said Train 4344 trains between Long Branch in Monmouth County and Bay Head in Ocean County was delayed about 15 minutes as first ...

  7. California-Based 'Grocery Outlet' Opens 1st NJ Store, Replacing Shuttered South Jersey Kmart

    California-Based 'Grocery Outlet' Opens 1st NJ Store, Replacing Shuttered South Jersey Kmart

    A discount grocery chain plans to open its first New Jersey store this fall, reports said.Grocery Outlet is moving into vacated Kmart space in Mercer County, according to JerseyDigs.com.Kmart closed its former Hamilton Township store in December 2019.Based in San Francisco, Grocery Outlet will replace the former Kmart in Hamilton Plaza at 1061 White Horse Ave. The former Kmart ...

  8. WINNERS: 2 MegaMillions Players Each Take Home $10K In South Jersey

    WINNERS: 2 MegaMillions Players Each Take Home $10K In South Jersey

    Two lucky MegaMillions players in South Jersey won $10,000 apiece in Tuesday's drawing, state Lottery officials saidThere were two third-tier prizewinning tickets sold that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball.The winning tickets were purchased at:Wegmans Food Markets on Route 70 West in Cherry Hill; Camden County; and,Xpress Mart at 1715 East Wheat Road in ...

  9. UPDATE: South Jersey Girl, 14, Seen On Wawa Store Camera, Is Found Safe, Winslow Police Say

    UPDATE: South Jersey Girl, 14, Seen On Wawa Store Camera, Is Found Safe, Winslow Police Say

    The 14-year-old South Jersey girl reported missing on June 12 has been located unharmed, authorities said."The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Winslow Township Police Department thank everyone for their concern," they said in a joint statement Wednesday.Gabriela “Gabby” Cruz of Camden County was seen at a Wawa store in Atlantic County last week, Acting Camden County Prosecutor ...

  10. Rutgers Students Face 2021-22 Hike In Tuition, Housing Costs, Dining Fees, University Announces

    Rutgers Students Face 2021-22 Hike In Tuition, Housing Costs, Dining Fees, University Announces

    Rutgers University students are being socked with a hike in tuition, on-campus housing costs and dining fees next fall, officials said.The increases essentially negate the tuition freeze that Rutgers undergraduates enjoyed during the coronavirus pandemic.For the upcoming 2021-22 school year, tuition at Rutgers will increase by 2.5% and student fees by nearly 3%, the university announced ...

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