Jon Craig

Reporter

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

4th Suspect Charged In Shooting Near Rutgers Campus: Prosecutor 4th Suspect Charged In Shooting Near Rutgers Campus: Prosecutor
4th Suspect Charged In Shooting Near Rutgers Campus: Prosecutor A fourth man has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting that occurred near the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick, authorities said. On April 5, at approximately 2 a.m., authorities responded to 66 Easton Avenue after a report of a shooting. Police found one female and one male victim, who sustained gunshot wounds and were subsequently taken to Robert Wood Hospital for treatment.  Both victims were affiliated with Rutgers, campus police said. On April 6, Walter Rodriguez-Cardenas, 20, was arrested without incident in Plainfield w…
3 'Young Adults' Killed In Fiery Route 1 Crash In South Brunswick 3 'Young Adults' Killed In Fiery Route 1 Crash In South Brunswick
3 'Young Adults' Killed In Fiery Route 1 Crash In South Brunswick Three people were killed in a fiery crash on Route 1 in South Brunswick on Friday, April 12, authorities said. The crash occurred at about 9:40 a.m. near Ridge Road, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka. "This is a tragic day, as three young adults have lost their lives in this horrific crash," Hayducka said. "To the parents, family, and friends our hearts go out to you. Please keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers tonight."  Police found a tractor-trailer had struck a van in the intersection.&nbs…
Delaware Man Arrested With Child Porn In Cumberland County Delaware Man Arrested With Child Porn In Cumberland County
Delaware Man Arrested With Child Porn In Cumberland County A 40-year-old man from Delaware has been arrested for possessing child pornography, authorities said. The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office – High Tech Crimes Unit with the assistance of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office – Major Crimes Unit concluded a two-month Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation with the arrest of Jeffy Mirto of Smyrna, DE. Investigators received a cyber tip referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the uploading of suspected child pornography. Through investigative measures, Mi…
South Jersey Man Convicted In Fatal Shootings: Prosecutor South Jersey Man Convicted In Fatal Shootings: Prosecutor
South Jersey Man Convicted In Fatal Shootings: Prosecutor A 44-year-old man from Vineland has been convicted in connection with a pair of fatal shootings in 2015, authorities said. On Friday, April 12, Sheldon M. Goldsborough, Sr. was convicted for two counts of aggravated manslaughter, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated assault, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae. On March 8, 2015, around 12:20 a.m., Vineland police were dispatched to the 100 block of West Grape Street for several gunshots fired.  As a result of the gunshots, the officers found Damien Mills dead at the scene. Kevin Peterson who s…
Cannabis Dispensary OK'd In Collingswood: Are You For It? (POLL) Cannabis Dispensary OK'd In Collingswood: Are You For It? (POLL)
Cannabis Dispensary OK'd In Collingswood: Are You For It? (Poll) A borough in Camden County is the latest municipality to approve cannabis sales at a state-approved dispensary. Collingswood Planning Board ok'd plans for the dispensary on Monday, April 8. It's expected to open by the fall. Acreage Holdings would open a retail outlet called "The Botanist" at 35 E. Crescent Boulevard (Route 130), in the former Egbert Express courier service property, according to Collingswood Administrator Cassandra Duffey. "It's exciting," Duffey said. Acreage operates The Botanist locations in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, and Williamstown. "They're established i…
WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $100K WINNER: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $100K
Winner: Jersey Cash 5 Lottery Player Takes Home $100K One lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $100,000 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Thursday, April 11, drawing. The winning numbers were: 08, 15, 31, 35 and 37 and the XTRA number was: 03.  The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold.  The winning ticket was sold at Riverside News, 119 Pavilion Ave., Riverside in Burlington County.
Fiery Truck Crash Closes Route 1 In South Brunswick (DEVELOPING) Fiery Truck Crash Closes Route 1 In South Brunswick (DEVELOPING)
Fiery Truck Crash Closes Route 1 In South Brunswick (Developing) A fiery crash involving a truck closed Route 1 in South Brunswick on Friday morning, April 12. The crash happened at about 9:40 a.m. north of Ridge Road. Check back for updates.
Former Hightstown Youth Football League President Stole $16K: Cops Former Hightstown Youth Football League President Stole $16K: Cops
Former Hightstown Youth Football League President Stole $16K: Cops A former president of a youth football and cheerleading organization in Mercer County has been arrested for stealing $16,000, authorities said. Luis O. Albino of Hamilton was charged with theft in the incidents reported by Hightstown Rams Youth Football and Cheerleading, according to West Windsor police. The thefts were reported by the current president of the organization, police said. She observed multiple unauthorized $2,000 withdrawals. The treasurer for the organization was unaware of the transactions. Two of the $2,000 withdrawals were at the Wells Fargo ATM located at 682 Alex…
Masked Carjackers Rip Trenton Driver, 64, From Acura Sedan At Falls Township Wawa: Cops Masked Carjackers Rip Trenton Driver, 64, From Acura Sedan At Falls Township Wawa: Cops
Masked Carjackers Rip Trenton Driver, 64, From Acura Sedan At Falls Township Wawa: Cops Police in Falls Township are looking for three carjacking suspects who stole a sedan from a Trenton woman at a Pennsylvania Wawa. On Thursday, April 11, at approximately 3:55 a.m., police were dispatched to the Wawa, West Trenton Avenue, Morrisville, to investigate a carjacking. The preliminary investigation determined that minutes earlier, a 64-year-old female resident of Trenton was accosted by three suspects after leaving the store and returning to her gray 2017 Honda Civic with New Jersey Registration ZBU 34C. During the incident, they forcibly removed her from the vehicle and struck…
Car Flips On I-676 (DEVELOPING) Car Flips On I-676 (DEVELOPING)
Car Flips On I-676 (Developing) A vehicle overturned on Interstate 676 in Camden, authorities said. The crash occurred at about 4:25 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 on the northbound ramp to Exit 1, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The ramp was closed, 511nj.org reported. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
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