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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. Report: Deadliest Mass Shootings Take Place At Suburban Schools

    Report: Deadliest Mass Shootings Take Place At Suburban Schools

    During the past 10 years, the deadliest mass shootings have been at suburban schools, according to several studies.That fact and other disturbing trends prompted Westchester County officials to study the best ways of preventing gun violence. As the 20th anniversary of the Columbine, Colo. shootings approached in April, The Washington Post calculated that in K-12 schools alone, ...

  2. State Elections Commission Investigates Mayoral Primary Race

    State Elections Commission Investigates Mayoral Primary Race

    The state Elections Enforcement Commission is investigating allegations of absentee ballot irregularities in Bridgeport’s Democratic primary for mayor.The probe comes after Hearst Connecticut Media reported widespread problems with the Sept. 10 primary, ranging from absentee ballots submitted by people not registered as Democrats to ineligible felons casting absentee ballots.On Monday, ...

  3. World-Class Athlete 'At Home' Training In Westchester

    World-Class Athlete 'At Home' Training In Westchester

    Hungary's top hurdler has been training at a Westchester track, with hopes of eventually qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Why Westchester? Because Valdó Szűcs' fiancée lives in Pleasantville; Szűcs takes advantage of PHS' rubberized, all-weather track whenever he's in the United States.His fiancée, Amber Lazzaro of Pleasantville steps in as one of Szűcs' managers ...

  4. U.S. Rep. Engel Seeks Proof Of Trump, Giuliani Efforts To Encourage Ukraine Probe Of Joe Biden

    U.S. Rep. Engel Seeks Proof Of Trump, Giuliani Efforts To Encourage Ukraine Probe Of Joe Biden

    U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel is leading a growing chorus of congressmen calling for an investigation of President Trump's alleged interference in a federal whistleblower case and a 2020 Democratic presidential challenger.Thursday night, President Trump's personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani admitted making direct contact with top Ukrainian officials. Giuliani ...

  5. U.S. Sen. Murphy Calls For Investigation Of Trump Interference In Ukraine, Biden Campaign

    U.S. Sen. Murphy Calls For Investigation Of Trump Interference In Ukraine, Biden Campaign

    U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has joined a growing chorus of congressmen in calling for an investigation of President Trump's alleged attempt to get Ukraine government officials involved in probing a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.Speaking to CNN, among other national media outlets on Friday, Sept. 20, Murphy expressed his concerns about the threatened loss of U.S. defense aid to ...

  6. New Video: Sandy Hook Promise Shocks Viewers With 'Practical' Back-to-School Intruder Tips

    New Video: Sandy Hook Promise Shocks Viewers With 'Practical' Back-to-School Intruder Tips

    Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization "protecting children from gun violence with programs that work" aired a video on Wednesday, Sept. 18 aimed at drawing attention to mass shootings -- including the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.It's titled "Back-to-School Essentials." The Public Service Announcement is graphic and may be disturbing for many viewers. It ...

  7. Around The Towns: Mamaroneck High School Abuzz, 20 MPH T-Shirts, Peekskill Hispanic Celebration

    Around The Towns: Mamaroneck High School Abuzz, 20 MPH T-Shirts, Peekskill Hispanic Celebration

    The halls of Mamaroneck High are buzzing with news about beehives.The Westchester high school's Future Business Leaders of America club launched a first-of-its-kind beekeeping initiative in New York state. They were joined by students from science, engineering and culinary classes this week in extracting about 100 pounds of honey from beehives.In the spring of 2018, financed by a grant ...

  8. Overdue? Public Library Collects Nearly $400,000 In State Grants

    Overdue? Public Library Collects Nearly $400,000 In State Grants

    Hundreds of thousands of dollars can buy much more than a collection of Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl children's books. Kidding aside, Mount Pleasant Public Library is the recipient of nearly $400,000 in state grants for renovations to its popular children's room and energy-efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning throughout the library in Pleasantville. At a press ...

  9. Residents Alarmed By Proposed 23 Percent Electric Rate Hike

    Residents Alarmed By Proposed 23 Percent Electric Rate Hike

    New York State Electric and Gas’ request to increase its electric delivery rate by nearly 23 percent next spring has angered northern Westchester residents and public officials who think the utility's service is unreliable, especially during storms.If the increase is approved, the average NYSEG monthly electrical bill is projected to rise by about $11.30 for the average residential ...

  10. Connecticut Raises Age To Buy Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, Vaping Products

    Connecticut Raises Age To Buy Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, Vaping Products

    Starting on Oct. 1, tobacco, electronic cigarettes and vaping products cannot be sold to anyone under 21 in Connecticut. The state also plans to begin taxing e-cigarettes and flavored vaping liquids at the same rate as tobacco -- 50 percent of the retail price. But many health officials say raising the age may not be enough. Some states, including New York and Michigan, are moving ...

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