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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. Westchester Congressman, NY Senator Seek Broader Probe Into Ousted Ukraine Ambassador

    Westchester Congressman, NY Senator Seek Broader Probe Into Ousted Ukraine Ambassador

    U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel said newly-released impeachment documents "include a profoundly alarming dialogue (suggesting) a possible risk to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s security in Kyiv before she was recalled from her post last year." In a statement released on Wednesday, Jan. 15, Engel, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, referred to text messages ...

  2. New Impeachment Evidence Drags Connecticut Congressional Candidate Into Trump Trial

    New Impeachment Evidence Drags Connecticut Congressional Candidate Into Trump Trial

    New evidence released by the House of Representatives has pulled a Connecticut congressional candidate into President Trump's impeachment trial.Republican Robert Finley Hyde, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat, in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, contacted an associate of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, about efforts to oust ...

  3. Taxpayers OK New $14.8 Million Fire Station

    Taxpayers OK New $14.8 Million Fire Station

    After design revisions, public hearings and compromises, Bedford Village voters easily approved construction of a new $14.8 million fire station during a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 14.A spirited social media campaign helped attract nearly 100 more people to vote this week than last spring, when a $17.5 million bond proposal was defeated by 32 votes.On Tuesday, 895 residents ...

  4. Fairfield Republican Wins Special Election For Open State House Of Representatives Seat

    Fairfield Republican Wins Special Election For Open State House Of Representatives Seat

    Republican Brian Farnen won a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 14 to fill Fairfield’s open 132nd District seat in the state House of Representatives.Farnen is a Representative Town Meeting member for District 9 and general counsel for the Connecticut Green Bank.In a close count, he won with about 2,460 votes, according to unofficial totals. Democrat Jennifer Leeper received 2,378 ...

  5. Westchester Congressman Endorses Joe Biden, Called 'Shameless' By GOP Challenger

    Westchester Congressman Endorses Joe Biden, Called 'Shameless' By GOP Challenger

    New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president in 2020 on Monday, Jan. 13, touting the former vice president's ability to defeat President Donald Trump in November and unify the country once in office.On Twitter, Maloney wrote: "As president, Joe Biden will deliver the local tax relief, infrastructure, clean drinking water & ...

  6. Taxpayers Asked To OK New $14.8 Million Fire Station

    Taxpayers Asked To OK New $14.8 Million Fire Station

    Bedford taxpayers are being asked to approve a scaled-down $14.8 million bond for a new firehouse on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The vote takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 44 Village Green.A costlier version of the project was defeated by 32 votes of Bedford residents on April 30, 2019.Bedford's current fire station is 91 years old. It is wedged between ...

  7. Special Election For Open State House Of Representatives Seat

    Special Election For Open State House Of Representatives Seat

    There is a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 14 for an open state legislative seat. Democrat Jennifer Leeper faces Republican Brian Farnen in the election for the Connecticut House of Representatives District 132 seat.Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.They are running for the seat most recently occupied by Republican First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, who resigned from her ...

  8. Letter To The Editor: Comparing Special Election Candidates In Fairfield

    Letter To The Editor: Comparing Special Election Candidates In Fairfield

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor:To the Editor: On January 14th, the 132nd district in Fairfield will be voting to fill the recently vacated seat in the CT Legislature. Both candidates claim to be “pro-education” and promise to support Fairfield public schools while in Hartford. But, forget the promises… take a look at the RECORD. Jennifer Leeper: ...

  9. Letter To The Editor: Jennifer Leeper Listens To Fairfield

    Letter To The Editor: Jennifer Leeper Listens To Fairfield

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor.To the Editor:The first time I ever met Jennifer Leeper was at a PTAC Board of Education candidate forum 2 years ago.  I was particularly nervous about the election and the candidates who were going to come onto the Board of Education, but all that anxiousness melted away when Jennifer rotated over to my group, and ...

  10. Letter To The Editor: Support This Candidate For State Representative

    Letter To The Editor: Support This Candidate For State Representative

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the EditorTo the Editor:Jenn Leeper is the Best Choice for FairfieldI first met Jenn Leeper when she was running for Board of Education. She immediately impressed me with her open and friendly manner, her clear command of policy and education issues, and her articulate reasons for running. What I didn’t know at the ...

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