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Jon Craig

Reporter 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. Ex-Home Health Aide Admits Forcing Stuffed Animal Into Disabled Patient's Mouth: Prosecutor

    Ex-Home Health Aide Admits Forcing Stuffed Animal Into Disabled Patient's Mouth: Prosecutor

    A 36-year-old man has admitted to physically abusing a severely developmentally-impaired girl while working as her caregiver in the family’s Southampton home, authorities said.The abuse included forcing water and a stuffed animal into the girl's mouth, they said. Edmondo DiPaolo, of Pemberton Township, admitted guilt in exchange for a 23-year sentence in New Jersey state prison, ...

  2. Serious Crash Reported On Jersey Shore

    Serious Crash Reported On Jersey Shore

    A serious crash with injuries occurred during on the Jersey Shore, authorities said.The crash was reported at about 3:50 p.m. on Route 34 southbound near Lakewood Road in Wall Township, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.The right shoulder of the roadway was closed, the DOT said.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  3. DWI PA Driver Indicted In NJ Corrections Officer's Death

    DWI PA Driver Indicted In NJ Corrections Officer's Death

    A Pennsylvania driver has been indicted on DWI charges in a crash that killed an off-duty New Jersey corrections officer, NJ Advance Media reported. Joshua R. Beardsworth, 25, of Pittsgrove Township, was stopped in his BMW on the right shoulder of Route 55 when a car — also on the northbound side — struck him in Vineland on Aug. 15, 2021, according to earlier reports. The ...

  4. Jersey Shore Man Admits Stealing $230K From Friend In Fake Investment Scheme: Prosecutor

    Jersey Shore Man Admits Stealing $230K From Friend In Fake Investment Scheme: Prosecutor

    A 70-year-old man from Ocean County has admitted to stealing $230,000 from another man through fake investments, authorities said.John Hammond, of Ortley Beach, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.An investigation by the Toms River Township Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that between May 2017 and February ...

  5. PA Woman Arrested In Central Jersey Woman's Murder: Prosecutor

    PA Woman Arrested In Central Jersey Woman's Murder: Prosecutor

    A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of Deborah Brown-Hepworth, 65, of Old Bridge, authorities said.Elizabeth Jackson, 61, of Yeadon, PA, has been charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Acting Chief Donald Fritz, Jr., of the Old Bridge Police Department.On Sept. ...

  6. Child On Respirator After Near Drowning At Jersey Shore Motel Pool: Report

    Child On Respirator After Near Drowning At Jersey Shore Motel Pool: Report

    A 5-year-old girl was on a respirator after a near-drowning in a motel pool in North Wildwood Thursday, Sept. 22, NJ Advance Media reported.The girl had been staying with her family at the Roman Holiday Resort motel on John F. Kennedy Beach Drive and was seen jumping in and out of the pool with other children on surveillance footage, when she hit her head on another child's elbow and ...

  7. Detectives Seek Public's Help Identifying Bank Robbery Suspect: Prosecutor

    Detectives Seek Public's Help Identifying Bank Robbery Suspect: Prosecutor

    Detectives in Camden County seek the public’s help identifying a man who allegedly robbed a bank in Atco.On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Waterford Township Police Department responded to the Truist Bank at 249 White Horse Pike in Atco for a bank robbery that occurred at 4:22 p.m. The suspect, shown in surveillance images, was described as a Hispanic ...

  8. WINNER: $7M NJ Lottery Ticket Sold In Pick-6 Game

    WINNER: $7M NJ Lottery Ticket Sold In Pick-6 Game

    There's a new multi-millionaire in Burlington County. One ticket matched all six numbers drawn for the Thursday, Sept. 22, Pick-6 drawing. The winning ticket will claim the $7.1 million annuity jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at Shoprite of Hainesport, 1520 Route 38 East in Hainesport. At the time of purchase, players can choose between annuity prizes and cash ...

  9. Poles Down In Route 9 Jersey Shore Crash

    Poles Down In Route 9 Jersey Shore Crash

    Route 9 was closed in both directions due to a crash that toppled utility poles on the Jersey Shore, authorities said.The crash occurred early Friday morning, Sept. 23, near Route 33 in Freehold Township, the New Jersey Department of Transporation said. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  10. Serious Crash Reported In South Jersey

    Serious Crash Reported In South Jersey

    A crash with injuries was reported in South Jersey, authorities said.The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 on Route 30 near Elmwood Road in Mullica Township, according to the New Jersey Department of Transporation.A traffic signal also was knocked down, the DOT said.The highway was partially shut down in both directions, the DOT said.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

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