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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. Pair Nabbed In Stolen Car After Fleeing Atlantic City Police

    Pair Nabbed In Stolen Car After Fleeing Atlantic City Police

    A South Jersey pursuit of a stolen car led to the arrest of two fugitives with outstanding warrants, authorities said.On Sunday at 9:07 p.m., Atlantic City Police Officer Joseph Kelly tried to stop a car that had been reported stolen. After activating his emergency lights and siren, the driver, Jason Sandfort, sped away, police said.Sandfort, 49, of Elwood, crashed into a parked ...

  2. Jersey Shore Man Sexually Assaulted Visitor At  Long-Term Care Facility, Jackson Police Say

    Jersey Shore Man Sexually Assaulted Visitor At Long-Term Care Facility, Jackson Police Say

    A 40-year-old man sexually assaulted a woman in a Jersey Shore assisted living facility in which he resides, authorities said.The woman told police a friend dropped her off at the Pushkin Memorial Home on Puskin Road in Jackson last week, where she planned to meet a man. But the long-term care resident led her into his room, locked the door, displayed an edged weapon and demanded ...

  3. Police ID Teenager Killed In Fiery Mercer County Crash

    Police ID Teenager Killed In Fiery Mercer County Crash

    Police have identified a teenager killed on Sunday in a fiery crash in Mercer County.Rashawn Young, 19, of Hamilton was driving west on Route 133 when his BMW slid down an embankment, East Windsor police said.Young’s BMW struck a tree and burst into flames about 5:40 p.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Firefighters from East Windsor and Hightstown responded ...

  4. Coyote 'Chasing People' In Middletown

    Coyote 'Chasing People' In Middletown

    Police in Central Jersey were responding to reports of a coyote chasing people.Middletown police were called about 10:30 a.m. about a coyote "running in the streets," hat was suspected to be rabid because of its erratic behavior.After the coyote ran off into the woods, police were awaiting the arrival of animal control officers ;near Mills Avenue in the Port Monmouth section of town, ...

  5. Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Charged With Murder In Jersey Shore Stabbing

    Ex-Con Featured On 'America's Most Wanted' Charged With Murder In Jersey Shore Stabbing

    Charges have been upgraded to murder for an ex-convict from the Jersey Shore, after a stabbing victim died of brain injuries, authorities said.The suspect was once featured on "America's Most Wanted," wrote a book called "Inabsentia," and previously served at least nine years in New Jersey State Prison, according to earlier news accounts.Angelo Grenci, 44, of Berkeley Township initially ...

  6. Atlantic City Man, 54, Fatally Shot

    Atlantic City Man, 54, Fatally Shot

    Authorities are investigating a shooting that left one person dead in Atlantic County.Rennel Turner, 54, of Atlantic City was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds about 7 p.m. on Saturday in Egg Harbor Township, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.Egg Harbor Township police received multiple 9-1-1 calls about shots fired at 201 Cedar Ave.Officers from EHTPD and ...

  7. COVID-19: Virus Sends More Jersey Shore School Districts All-Remote

    COVID-19: Virus Sends More Jersey Shore School Districts All-Remote

    An uptick in positive coronavirus cases had prompted two Jersey Shore school districts to return to all-remote learning this week.School officials announced their districts would go all-remote in Ocean Township and Manchester after new COVID-19 cases emerged. Manchester schools opted to return to all-remote learning after four of its students tested positive. Ocean Township ...

  8. First Responders Called To Fatal Burlington Crash

    First Responders Called To Fatal Burlington Crash

    Police, firefighters and EMS crews were called to a report of a fatal crash, authorities said.The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. at Route 9 and East Greenbush Road in Bass River, according to initial reports.The crash left one person dead and at least three others injured, according to an unconfirmed report. This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  9. HERO: Police Officer Rescues Driver From Fiery Central Jersey Wreck

    HERO: Police Officer Rescues Driver From Fiery Central Jersey Wreck

    A Howell Township patrol officer saved a driver from a burning car on Saturday night, authorities said.Police Officer Nicholas Volpe spotted the car, which was fully engulfed in flames, on Manassa Road about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Howell police said.The officer pulled the disoriented driver from his car window and helped walk the injured driver away from the inferno, Howell Police Chief ...

  10. State Capital Reports 9 People Shot

    State Capital Reports 9 People Shot

    There were at least nine people shot over the weekend in Trenton, authorities said.None of the shootings was fatal, according to a spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. On Sunday night, four people were wounded by gunfire at the intersection of Stuyvesant and Hoffman avenues. Three people were injured in shootings at the same spot on Friday night, police ...

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