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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. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Around The Towns: 10 States Support NRA, Ganim Wins Primary With Absentee Votes, Climate Change

    Around The Towns: 10 States Support NRA, Ganim Wins Primary With Absentee Votes, Climate Change

    Ten states and about two dozen members of Congress have joined the National Rifle Association in supporting gunmaker Remington Arms as it fights a Connecticut court ruling involving liability for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.Officials in 10 conservative states, 22 House Republicans and the NRA are among groups that filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court this ...

  6. Around The Towns: Active Shooter Defense, Indian Point Closure, Biaggi Speaks, Buchwald Lauded

    Around The Towns: Active Shooter Defense, Indian Point Closure, Biaggi Speaks, Buchwald Lauded

    Westchester County will offer additional training sessions for residents to learn the strategies and skills to survive if an active shooter attacked their workplace or another public venue.Known as Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), training classes will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White ...

  7. Civil Lawsuits Filed Locally Under New 'Child Victims Act'

    Civil Lawsuits Filed Locally Under New 'Child Victims Act'

    During the first month of the Child Victims Act, a total of 13 claims of alleged abuse have been filed in Westchester County Supreme Court.Statewide, the number of new civil cases is 639 through Monday, Sept. 9, according to Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the state Unified Court System.On Aug. 14, New York state opened up a one-year, one-time-only period where victims can file ...

  8. Greenburgh Supervisor Challenged In November For First Time Since 2007

    Greenburgh Supervisor Challenged In November For First Time Since 2007

    One of Westchester County's longest-serving town supervisors is facing a rare challenge at the polls this fall. For the first time in a dozen years, longtime Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner, a Democrat and former county legislator, will have an opponent on Nov. 5.Independent challenger Lucas Cioffi will be on the ballot this fall appearing on the Greenburgh Party line.Feiner has ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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