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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. Letter To The Editor: Jennifer Leeper Is The Ideal Candidate

    Letter To The Editor: Jennifer Leeper Is The Ideal Candidate

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor.To the Editor:For many, finding the ideal candidate to run for office can seem a futile exercise. Given the qualifications, characteristics, experience, and values that we want a candidate to possess, it seems like an impossible task.Proving that it is indeed possible, however, is Jennifer Leeper, candidate for the State ...

  2. Around The Towns:  Indian Point Closure Meeting(s), New City Manager, MLK Day Commemoration

    Around The Towns: Indian Point Closure Meeting(s), New City Manager, MLK Day Commemoration

    This story has been updated.The second meeting of the Indian Point Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15.Meanwhile, two state lawmakers are calling for public decommissioning meetings sponsored by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.Among the public officials attending Wednesday's meeting will be village of Buchanan Mayor Theresa ...

  3. Cuomo Cites Concerns About Divisive Nation, Rise In Hate Crimes During State-Of-State Speech

    Cuomo Cites Concerns About Divisive Nation, Rise In Hate Crimes During State-Of-State Speech

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's annual State-of-the-State speech took on national and global themes on Wednesday, Jan. 8.In addition to unveiling nearly three dozen initiatives, which can be accessed by clicking here, Cuomo cited concerns about racism and discrimination, calling them "a growing fear and division that is an American cancer." Recognizing that racism and discrimination are ...

  4. Around The Towns: CT Senators Bash Iran Attack, State Transit Hearing, Plan To Merge Colleges

    Around The Towns: CT Senators Bash Iran Attack, State Transit Hearing, Plan To Merge Colleges

    On national television and at a Hartford news conference,  Connecticut’s two U.S. senators expressed concerns about the fallout from killing Iran’s top general, questioning whether President Donald Trump and his administration have a plan to protect Americans from reprisals.Sen. Chris Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said previous Democratic and ...

  5. Westchester Congressman's Committee Warns Trump Against Being A 'Dictator'

    Westchester Congressman's Committee Warns Trump Against Being A 'Dictator'

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Westchester Congressman Eliot Engel, told President Trump, "You're not a dictator" in a tweet on Sunday, Jan. 5.Earlier tweets by Trump indicated that his Twitter comments served as ample notification to Congress in the event of a potential military strike against Iran.Engel promised to oppose any military action by the Trump ...

  6. Letter To The Editor: Ode On Impeachment Vote

    Letter To The Editor: Ode On Impeachment Vote

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor.To the Editor:We’re heading down the road,Towards a presidential impeach.Some say it’s a no brainer,Others argue it’s a reach.What I really find disturbing,Is the vote goes down the party line.Voting against your party,Is like stepping on a land mine.We could change this situation,And start to make things right.By ...

  7. Letter To The Editor: School Closure Study 'A Waste of Taxpayer Dollars'

    Letter To The Editor: School Closure Study 'A Waste of Taxpayer Dollars'

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor.To the Editor:In April 2017, my husband and I moved our young family to Bedford Village. We relished the opportunity to raise our children in a neighborhood where we could walk to the park, elementary school, church, playhouse, and local shops. We felt confident we were making a wise purchase since it wasn’t just a house: ...

  8. Another Candidate Joins Crowded Democratic Primary Race For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    Another Candidate Joins Crowded Democratic Primary Race For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    The field of candidates interested in running for U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey's congressional seat in Westchester and Rockland counties continues to grow.On Thursday, Dec. 19, Westchester County Legislator and Democratic Majority Leader Catherine Parker of Rye announced her candidacy for Congress.Parker officially launched her campaign at an environmentally friendly house being renovated in ...

  9. Connecticut Tolls On Westchester Interstate?

    Connecticut Tolls On Westchester Interstate?

    The state of Connecticut plans to charge tolls on a 1.4 mile stretch of Interstate-684 where the highway leaves Westchester County and passes through Greenwich, CT. A group of New York elected officials upset by Connecticut's toll plan announced their own counterproposal on Monday, Dec. 16.State Sen. Peter Harckham, during a news conference at Lewisboro Town House in South Salem, ...

  10. Chappaqua TV Anchor, Bedford Supervisor Among Early Candidates Vying For State Assembly Seat

    Chappaqua TV Anchor, Bedford Supervisor Among Early Candidates Vying For State Assembly Seat

    Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick and Kristen Browde, a Chappaqua attorney and former network TV anchor, are the latest to join a crowded field of candidates running for the 93rd Assembly District. Other Westchester residents previously announcing their candidacy for Assemblyman David Buchwald's seat include White Plains atrorney Jeremiah Frei Pearson, activist Richard ...

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