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

Teacher Accused Of Molesting Girl In South Jersey Dies Weeks Before Trial Teacher Accused Of Molesting Girl In South Jersey Dies Weeks Before Trial
Teacher Accused Of Molesting Girl In South Jersey Dies Weeks Before Trial A South Jersey teacher accused of molesting a 12-year-old student in 2020 has died just weeks before his trial, according to an obituary published by Farnelli Funeral Home. Paul A. VanHouten Jr., 57, of Williamstown, died on Thursday, Feb. 22. A cause of death was not mentioned in the obit. The story was first reported by NJ Advance Media. His attorney, Robert N. Agre, was in court and unavailable for comment when Daily Voice reached out Monday, Feb. 26. A trial for VanHouten was set to begin on March 4 on charges of second-degree sexual assault, child endangerment and official miscon…
Mediterranean-Fresh Restaurant Opens In South Jersey Mediterranean-Fresh Restaurant Opens In South Jersey
Mediterranean-Fresh Restaurant Opens In South Jersey Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, the nation’s leading fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, is set to open its newest location in Delran on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The new Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh features stuffed pitas, laffas, traditional gyros, bowls, plates and salads that are packed with unique earth-grown flavors, like olive oil, paprika and hummus, making each dish simple, clean and good for you. The new location at 1361 B Fairview Blvd is owned by Aditya Sirpal. After making a career switch away from the IT world in 2013, Sirpal became a serial entrepreneur in the Delran community, havi…
Middle Schooler Spurs Viral Video With Game-Winning Basket In South Jersey Middle Schooler Spurs Viral Video With Game-Winning Basket In South Jersey
Middle Schooler Spurs Viral Video With Game-Winning Basket In South Jersey A middle school student from Haddonfield hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to win a game against Washington Township. A video of the shot by seventh-grader Sara Guveiyian went viral on ESPN's top 10 for the day. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Daily Voice NJ (@dailyvoicenewjersey) NBC10 says the teams were tied at 37 in the final four of the ICBL Girls Basketball League on Sunday, Feb. 25 when Sara stole the ball. She then launches the shot from half-court, and sinks it. The Bulldawgs are headed to the championships, and…
Man, 44, Shot Dead On Camden City Street: Prosecutor Man, 44, Shot Dead On Camden City Street: Prosecutor
Man, 44, Shot Dead On Camden City Street: Prosecutor A 44-year-old man was shot dead on a Camden City street early Saturday, Feb. 24.  At 2:36 a.m., the Camden County Police Department received a ShotSpotter activation for gunfire in the 3000 block of South Congress Road in Camden City, according to the county Prosecutor's Office.  The Camden County Police Department also received 911 calls for a person shot in the area of the 3100 block of South Congress Road. Officers responded and located a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Cooper University Hospital, and he was&…
WINNER: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $50K In South Jersey WINNER: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $50K In South Jersey
Winner: Powerball Lottery Player Takes Home $50K In South Jersey There was a lucky $50,000 Powerball lottery player on Saturday, Feb. 24. The winning Powerball numbers were 3, 8, 40, 53, 58 and the Powerball was 3. The Powerplay was 3x. The winning ticket was sold at Sicklerville News, 521 Williamstown Road in Sicklerville.
Roadway Named After Slain Prosecutor's Investigator In Camden County Roadway Named After Slain Prosecutor's Investigator In Camden County
Roadway Named After Slain Prosecutor's Investigator In Camden County A slain Camden County prosecutor's investigator is being honored this spring. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Camden County Board of Commissioners will honor a fallen hero with the naming of a roadway in Camden. In April, the access road leading to the Governor James J. Florio Center for Public Service will be dedicated “Investigator Jack McLaughlin Way” in honor of the only member of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office ever killed in the line of duty. On April 20, 1995, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Jack McLaughlin and Haddon Heights Police…
Driver, 84, Killed In Collision With Pickup Truck In South Jersey Driver, 84, Killed In Collision With Pickup Truck In South Jersey
Driver, 84, Killed In Collision With Pickup Truck In South Jersey An 84-year-old man was killed when his car was hit by a pickup truck in Burlington County, authorities said. Rodger Carney of Medford was turning left from westbound Tuckerton Road onto Marquette Drive when a pickup truck traveling east struck his vehicle at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Medford police said. The pickup truck was driven by Gregory Girard, 40, of Shamong, who suffered a minor injury, police said. Carney was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden where he was pronounced dead. No charges had been filed in the crash which remained under investigation.
Accused Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's New Brunswick Murder Accused Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's New Brunswick Murder
Accused Killer Walks Free After Decade In Prison For College Student's New Brunswick Murder Timothy Puskas is a free man. The one-time convicted killer was released on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from MIddlesex County Jail, after winning a second trial on a murder charge, according to his attorney, Joseph Mazraani. Puskas was convicted seven years ago in the slaying of 22-year-old college student William “Billy” McCaw in New Brunswick. He'd been incarcerated for 10 years. A Middlesex County jury deliberated five hours before returning the not guilty verdict in the six-week trial, which began on Jan. 9, Mazraani said. Puskas’ 2017 murder conviction was reversed by an appellate court …
Vineland's Daniel Collazo Portalatin Dies After Years-Long Cancer Battle, 27 Vineland's Daniel Collazo Portalatin Dies After Years-Long Cancer Battle, 27
Vineland's Daniel Collazo Portalatin Dies After Years-Long Cancer Battle, 27 Daniel Collazo Portalatin of Vineland died on Feb. 16 after years of battling cancer, according to a GoFundMe campaign and his obituary. He was 27 years old. Daniel's cancer treatment included removing three tumors which then led to seizures, the campaign said. As a child, Daniel always had a passion for cars, his obituary said.   "The love for cars continued to grow as he got older. He would love to work on his evo and drive around with his cousins," his obit said. Daniel also loved taking vacations with his parents, sister and girlfriend. He is survived by his parents, Daniel…
Elusive Ram Captured In Mount Laurel After Days-Long Pursuit Elusive Ram Captured In Mount Laurel After Days-Long Pursuit
Elusive Ram Captured In Mount Laurel After Days-Long Pursuit An elusive ram was safely captured in Mount Laurel, authorities said. The township of Mount Laurel Division of Public Works and Mount Laurel police officers were able to capture the ram on Friday, Feb. 23 in a backyard on Horseshoe Drive.  "After a fairly extensive foot pursuit, the Ram was reunited with his owner in Mount Laurel," police said on Facebook. "We grabbed him by the horns, literally," Officer Kyle Gardner told 6abc news. The ram reportedly ran freely around the township for days.
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