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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. Reports: Double Fatal Crash In Gloucester County

    Reports: Double Fatal Crash In Gloucester County

    First responders were called to a report of a multiple fatal crash in Gloucester County.A vehicle overturned on Caulfield Avenue in Deptford about 2:30 p.m., reports said.There was an ejection, entrapment and at least two fatalities, according to an unconfirmed report. This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  2. Ocean County Man, 88, Gets 10 Years State Prison For Jersey Shore Manslaughter

    Ocean County Man, 88, Gets 10 Years State Prison For Jersey Shore Manslaughter

    An 88-year-old man with addresses in Ocean and Essex counties has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison in connection with the brutal death of a Florida man, authorities said.Thomas Hatchett of Manchester Township was sentenced on Tuesday as a result of his earlier guilty plea to aggravated manslaughter, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.On July 1, ...

  3. Police ID Atlantic County Driver, 44, Killed When Car Hits Tree

    Police ID Atlantic County Driver, 44, Killed When Car Hits Tree

    Authorities have identified an Atlantic County driver who was killed early Sunday when his car struck a tree.Glen Mclean, 44, of Pleasantville, was traveling north about 2:30 a.m. on South Shore Road in Absecon when his car careened off the road and went airborne before hitting the tree, Absecon police said. Mclean was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Speeding likely contributed ...

  4. Atlantic City Police Investigate Shooting

    Atlantic City Police Investigate Shooting

    Atlantic City police are investigating the weekend shooting of a 22-year-old.At 12:11 a.m. on Sunday, patrol officers were called to the 600 block of New York Avenue for a ShotSpotter alert, according to Lt. Kevin Fair, an Atlantic City Police Department spokesman.Responding officers located evidence of gunfire, Fair said.Shortly after, a shooting victim, 22, of Atlantic City, arrived ...

  5. Police ID Ultralight Pilot Killed In South Jersey Crash

    Police ID Ultralight Pilot Killed In South Jersey Crash

    Authorities have identified the pilot killed when his ultralight crashed into woods in Gloucester County.Gerard Asselta, 64, of Vineland was pronounced dead at the crash scene  north of Tuckahoe Road and Harding Highway in Franklin Township, police said in a statement.The single-engine craft took off from a residence on Union Road in Vineland and crashed about1 p.m., police said. ...

  6. UPDATE: Older Couple's Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide At Camden County Home

    UPDATE: Older Couple's Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide At Camden County Home

    UPDATED: The deaths of a Camden County couple have been determined to be the result of a murder-suicide, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Audubon Police Chief Thomas Tassi.Authorities found the couple dead in their Audubon home on Monday afternoon.Following an autopsy on Tuesday, a medical examiner determined Jane Venable, 64, died from multiple gunshot ...

  7. US Marshals Arrest South Jersey Fugitive, 31, In Maryland For Camden Murder

    US Marshals Arrest South Jersey Fugitive, 31, In Maryland For Camden Murder

    A Gloucester County man has been arrested by U.S. Marshals at a Baltimore, Maryland, hotel in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old man in Camden earlier this month, authorities said.Angel Torres, 31, of Glassboro was charged on Monday with first-degree murder after he was taken into custody in Baltimore by the U.S. Marshals Service Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, ...

  8. Prosecutor: Staten Island Hospital Janitor Sought Sex With Teenage Girl In South Jersey Motel

    Prosecutor: Staten Island Hospital Janitor Sought Sex With Teenage Girl In South Jersey Motel

    A 43-year-old hospital janitor has been arrested for arranging to have sex with a 14-year-old girl in a Burlington County motel, authorities said.John Emilio of Staten Island pleaded guilty on Dec. 23 to attempted endangering the welfare of children in exchange for a three-year sentence in state prison, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina. Emilio is scheduled to ...

  9. Jersey Shore Man Faces 15 Years State Prison For Dealing Cocaine

    Jersey Shore Man Faces 15 Years State Prison For Dealing Cocaine

    A 35-year-old man from Ocean County has admitted to dealing large quantifies of cocaine,, authorities said.Michael Trotman of Beachwood pleaded guilty on Monday to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute it, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.Trotman appeared before Superior Court Judge Michael T. CollinsTrotman was stopped by Brick Township ...

  10. COVID-19: NJ Congresswoman Ushered To Safe Room During Capitol Riots Tests Positive

    COVID-19: NJ Congresswoman Ushered To Safe Room During Capitol Riots Tests Positive

    A New Jersey congresswoman said she tested positive for COVID-19 after being ushered to a "safe room" where several people refused to wear masks during last week's protests at the U.S. Capitol, helmed by supporters of President Donald Trump.Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) said on Monday she was at home resting with mild, cold-like symptoms after receiving a positive Coronavirus ...

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