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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. First Responders Called To Fatal Shooting In Gloucester County

    First Responders Called To Fatal Shooting In Gloucester County

    Police and EMS crews in Gloucester County were called to a report of a fatal shooting on Friday morning, authorities said.First responders were on the scene of a shooting on Monroeville Road near Willow Grove Road in Franklin about 7 a.m., according to initial reports.An unconfirmed report said a man was dead with a gunshot wound to the head.No other details were immediately available. ...

  2. Prosecutor: South Jersey HR Boss Stole $614K From SEA BOX Employer, Spent Some On Enlarged Butt

    Prosecutor: South Jersey HR Boss Stole $614K From SEA BOX Employer, Spent Some On Enlarged Butt

    A 41-year-old human resources manager from Burlington County has been arrested for stealing more than $614,000 from her employer, authorities said. She spent the stolen money on a variety of personal items including overseas travel and buying a "buttock augmentation" for herself and a friend at a Las Vegas plastic surgery center, they said.Karen O’Brien of South Church Road in ...

  3. GOTCHA: Multi-State Jewel Thief Linked To $187K In NJ Heists Nabbed By US Marshals

    GOTCHA: Multi-State Jewel Thief Linked To $187K In NJ Heists Nabbed By US Marshals

    A fugitive sought for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry from stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has been arrested by U.S. Marshals in Delaware, authorities said.Michael Larbi, 22, of Dover, Delaware was charged on Wednesday with second-degree theft by Evesham police, the Burlington County police department announced.Larbi is accused of stealing jewelry from several ...

  4. 'Whitening' Of Camden City Teaching Staff Blamed On Growth Of Charter Schools

    'Whitening' Of Camden City Teaching Staff Blamed On Growth Of Charter Schools

    As Camden shifts classroom instruction from public to more privately-operated charter and renaissance schools the city has had trouble maintaining diversity among its teaching staff, a new report found. The study by the New Jersey Policy Perspective, titled, "The 'Whitening' of Camden's Teachers," concluded that as charter school enrollments grow, Camden is employing fewer black ...

  5. Atlantic City Police Chase Down Fugitive With Loaded Handgun

    Atlantic City Police Chase Down Fugitive With Loaded Handgun

    A foot chase resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old Atlantic City man wanted on other charges, authorities said.At 10:24 am, Tuesday Atlantic City Police Detectives Alberto Valles, Darrin Lorady, Ermindo Marsini and Nicholas Berardis of the Special Investigations Section observed Okese Smith in the 1200 block of Caspian Avenue. The detectives were aware that Smith had an active ...

  6. Prosecutor: South Jersey Man, 50, Caught With Sexually Exploitive Images Of Children

    Prosecutor: South Jersey Man, 50, Caught With Sexually Exploitive Images Of Children

    A Camden County man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after illegal images were found on his computer, authorities said.Marc Herck, 50, of Somerdale was charged after detectives found images of child sexual exploitation on his computer, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Somerdale Police Chief James Walsh.The search followed a cyber ...

  7. Frozen Yogurt Trip Turns Deadly: Support Surges For Jersey Shore Teen Car Crash Victims

    Frozen Yogurt Trip Turns Deadly: Support Surges For Jersey Shore Teen Car Crash Victims

    What was supposed to be a fun weekend out getting frozen yogurt turned out to be a horrific one for two teenage girls, one now dead and the other critical, following a head-on crash on their way home.Support is surging for Pinelands Regional High School students, friends and coworkers of Gianna Palmieri, 16, and Kaitlyn, following the Jan. 30 crash.The speeding driver who struck them ...

  8. Middlesex Man, 38, Arrested With Child Pornography

    Middlesex Man, 38, Arrested With Child Pornography

    A 38-year-old man from Perth Amboy has been arrested after authorities received a tip he was uploading child pornography.Joseph Boka, 38, of Perth Amboy was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Perth Amboy Police Chief Roman McKeon.His ...

  9. Prosecutor: Fatal Jersey Shore Crash Is 'Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare'

    Prosecutor: Fatal Jersey Shore Crash Is 'Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare'

    The speeding driver in a head-on crash is now charged with manslaughter after a high school passenger in the other car died on Tuesday, authorities said.Michael Pillarella, 26, of the Manahawkin section of Stafford, has been newly charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and speeding, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.Pillarella was driving north ...

  10. NJ Student Pilot, Instructor Make Emergency Landing On Pennsylvania Turnpike

    NJ Student Pilot, Instructor Make Emergency Landing On Pennsylvania Turnpike

    A flight student and instructor experiencing engine trouble made an emergency landing on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.The single-engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk took off from Trenton-Mercer Airport, and landed on the westbound side of the turnpike between the Lebanon-Lancaster and Harrisburg east exits around 6:30 p.m. Monday, CBS3 reports.No one was hurt, but the plane reportedly was ...

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