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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. Incumbents, Especially Democrats, Defeat GOP On Interesting Local Election Night

    Incumbents, Especially Democrats, Defeat GOP On Interesting Local Election Night

    Early election returns on Tuesday indicated that voters favored incumbents over challengers -- and Democrats over Republicans --  in several city mayoral races and in most of the 17 races for Westchester County Board of Legislators.Shortly after midnight, longtime Harrison Mayor Ronald Belmont had gained a slight lead over Democratic insurgent Frank Gordon. Although Republican ...

  2. Most Incumbent Mayors Re-Elected Across Connecticut

    Most Incumbent Mayors Re-Elected Across Connecticut

    Regardless of political party, longevity proved to be the biggest local winner on Election Day statewide.In Danbury, Republican Mayor Mark Boughton, who ran an unsuccessful run for his party’s nomination for governor last year, declared victory for his record 10th two-year term as the city’s CEO. Boughton faced facing a tough challenge from former City Council President Chris Setaro, a ...

  3. Low Turnout Reported For Most Local Elections

    Low Turnout Reported For Most Local Elections

    Voter turnout for Tuesday’s local elections was reported as slow but steady across Fairfield County, with big city mayor to town selectmen, zoning board posts and local referendum questions on the ballot. Voter turnout was predictably stronger in Bridgeport and Greenwich, where there were higher-profile elections on Nov. 5.By Tuesday evening, voter turnout was averaging about 19 ...

  4. Who Did You Vote For On Election Day In Fairfield County?

    Who Did You Vote For On Election Day In Fairfield County?

    If you voted in Fairfield County on Tuesday, Nov. 5, you were asked to elect school board members and various town posts, including selectmen. City mayoral jobs also were on the ballot in Bridgeport, Danbury and Norwalk.Greenwich residents voted on top town government positions, including first selectman. Similar high-profile elections took place in Fairfield and New Canaan.For ...

  5. Who Did You Vote For On Election Day In Westchester?

    Who Did You Vote For On Election Day In Westchester?

    Many local municipalities held elections for town supervisors, village and city mayors, council members and judges on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Westchester County legislators also were up for re-election. Several towns had local propositions on their ballots.For expanded coverage of politics, schools and lifestyle, visit Daily Voice PlusWith the onset of "early voting" in New York state, ...

  6. What's At Stake On Election Day In Fairfield County?

    What's At Stake On Election Day In Fairfield County?

    If you're voting in Fairfield County on Tuesday, Nov. 5, you can select school board members and various town elective posts, including selectmen. City mayoral jobs are on the ballot in Bridgeport, Danbury and Norwalk.Greenwich will vote on top town government positions, including first selectman. Similar high-profile elections are taking place in Fairfield and New Canaan.In ...

  7. This Politician's Unaccustomed To Challenges At The Polls

    This Politician's Unaccustomed To Challenges At The Polls

    Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner will not say it out loud to news reporters, but he is facing his toughest challenge in many years on Tuesday, Nov. 5Turnout for early voting in the town has been reported as strong and Feiner, a Democrat, has not had a challenge in the November general election since 2007. An estimated 1,300 residents already have voted. About 10,000 can be expected to ...

  8. What Is At Stake On Election Day In Westchester?

    What Is At Stake On Election Day In Westchester?

    On Tuesday, Nov. 5, many local municipalities will be electing supervisors, mayors, council members and judges. Westchester County legislators also are up for re-election. Several towns also have local propositions on their ballot.With the onset of "early voting" in New York state, registered voters have been able to cast votes since Oct. 26. Additional details about who is on the ...

  9. Letter To The Editor: In Westport, 'Secure Our Children's Future'

    Letter To The Editor: In Westport, 'Secure Our Children's Future'

    Daily Voice does not endorse the content of Letters to the Editor.To the Editor:Too often for important elected offices we turn to our friends and family and say, “Are these the best candidates we can find? There must be better.” Well, there is better for the Westport Board of Education and the answer is Liz Heyer and Vik Muktavaram.The future of Westport relies on the quality of our ...

  10. Around The Towns: $450K Raised For Biden, Himes Holds Town Hall Meetings, Educated Canines

    Around The Towns: $450K Raised For Biden, Himes Holds Town Hall Meetings, Educated Canines

    Gov. Ned Lamont announced that nearly $450,000 was raised at the recent presidential campaign fundraiser that he and his wife held at their home in Greenwich for former Vice President Joe Biden.More than 100 people attended the Oct. 20 fundraiser. The suggested donation was $2,800, the maximum contribution under federal law for the presidential primary.The cash infusion was timely for ...

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