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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. Democrats Eye Majority Of Greenwich Board Of Selectmen For First Time In 16 years

    Democrats Eye Majority Of Greenwich Board Of Selectmen For First Time In 16 years

    Peter Tesei's departure as First Selectman in Greenwich after 31 years of government service leaves his top job open for the first time since 2007.Tesei, who is completing a record sixth two-year term as First Selectman, announced he would not seek re-election. "It's time to finish this journey and begin a new one,'' Tesei said in February.Greenwich, a longtime Republican stronghold, is ...

  2. Area Schools Expand Mental Health Training For Teachers

    Area Schools Expand Mental Health Training For Teachers

    With one of every five American children suffering from a diagnosable mental illness, more area school districts have expanded teacher training for early intervention.At least 31 school districts in Westchester utilize Global Compliance Network (GCN) training. GCN's training includes online and some face-to-face lessons that include emergency response, code of conduct, child abuse ...

  3. State Lawmakers Challenge Rise In Water Rates

    State Lawmakers Challenge Rise In Water Rates

    State lawmakers have called on the state Public Service Commission to reject a steep water rate increase for Suez Water customers in southern Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.Customers affected by the hikes in Westchester include residents and businesses in Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester.In March, SUEZ Water requested a 20 percent revenue increase in its water service rates ...

  4. More Connecticut Children Skip Vaccinations For Religious Reasons

    More Connecticut Children Skip Vaccinations For Religious Reasons

    The numbers are small, but the potential impacts are huge, according to Connecticut health officials.New data released Thursday, Aug. 29 found more schoolchildren are being exempted from vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella -- citing religious reasons.The total number of religious exemptions in the state climbed by 25 percent, from the 2017-18 school year to the 2018-19 school ...

  5. Westchester Schools Prepare To Protect Children When Classes Resume

    Westchester Schools Prepare To Protect Children When Classes Resume

    Reading, writing, criminal background checks. Opening school day priorities have shifted due to the nationwide increase in mass shootings.Many Westchester schools are now hiring county or local police to protect children and teachers. Other school districts turn to private security firms, in-house guards or a mix of public and private forces.In addition to surveillance cameras, some ...

  6. Back-To-School: Pens, Notebooks, 'Tactical' Backpacks?

    Back-To-School: Pens, Notebooks, 'Tactical' Backpacks?

    It's a sign of the times.Not only is there a need to heighten security at schools with guards, cameras and visitor background checks. Now, some parents are arming their children with bulletproof backpacks.News outlets are reporting an increase in the purchase of so-called "tactical backpacks" before the 2019-2020 school year."It's a sad sign of the fear that exists,'' said Dr. Joseph L. ...

  7. Around The Towns: Green Cards, Vaping Hazards, Rising Taxes, Gun Safety, Barred From The USSR

    Around The Towns: Green Cards, Vaping Hazards, Rising Taxes, Gun Safety, Barred From The USSR

    Connecticut officials estimate that as many as 200,000 residents, including tens of thousands of children on a public health care program, could be impacted by sweeping Trump Administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance.“We’re talking about the core of Connecticut’s economy and the core working people of ...

  8. Around The Towns: Waterfront Series, School Backpacks, Coding Camp, Floating Billboards

    Around The Towns: Waterfront Series, School Backpacks, Coding Camp, Floating Billboards

    Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Television is airing a four-part educational web series about the Long Island Sound. The series highlights the beauty of the Sound, educates the Sound Shore community on the environment’s biodiversity and inspires youth to learn more about the natural wonder right in their backyard. The program is hosted by award-winning Marine Biologist and Naturalist ...

  9. These Long Island Beaches Are Tops In Clean Water Quality

    These Long Island Beaches Are Tops In Clean Water Quality

    Seven beaches on Long Island rank among the cleanest beaches in New York, according to a study of water quality for the past three years. All of the best-ranked beaches, all in Suffolk County, received the highest average grades during wet and dry weather conditions from 2016 through 2018, according to this report by Save the Sound. The best beaches include:Hobart Beach (Sand City) ...

  10. U.S. Reps. Engel, Lowey Denounce 'Dangerous' Trump Rhetoric On Jewish Voters

    U.S. Reps. Engel, Lowey Denounce 'Dangerous' Trump Rhetoric On Jewish Voters

    Two of nation's top Democrats in Congress denounced President Trump's comments about Jewish voters.On Twitter, Trump accused Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats of "great disloyalty."In a statement released on Wednesday, Aug. 21, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey said, “The President’s charge that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are disloyal plays off a longtime anti-Semitic ...

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