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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-Therapist Who Spent $4K For Psychic App On Patients' Credit Cards Spared Prison Time: Report

    Ex-Therapist Who Spent $4K For Psychic App On Patients' Credit Cards Spared Prison Time: Report

    A former therapist who used her patients' credit cards for at least $4,000 worth of psychic readings will not spend time behind bars, NJ Advance Media reported.Former therapist and owner of Counseling by the Sea in Ocean City Ashley Crooks, 32, has been admitted to pre-trial intervention, a spokeswoman for the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office told the outlet.Crooks, of Ocean City, ...

  2. Brick Man Charged With Uploading Child Pornography With Kik App: Prosecutor

    Brick Man Charged With Uploading Child Pornography With Kik App: Prosecutor

    A 35-year-old man from Brick Township has been charged with possessing child pornography, authorities said.Christopher Budelman was charged on Sept. 27, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.This investigation was the result of a referral from the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The ICAC Task Force detected that an ...

  3. Trio Charged With Dealing Cocaine On Jersey Shore, $18K Seized: Prosecutor

    Trio Charged With Dealing Cocaine On Jersey Shore, $18K Seized: Prosecutor

    Three Ocean County residents have been arrested and charged with dealing drugs, authorities said.This cooperative, multi-agency investigation identified three residences – two in Lakewood and one in Toms River - as being utilized by Ivan Contreras-Cruz, 41, of Toms River, Alberto Vasquez-Ventura, 27, of Lakewood, and Natalia Mihok, 49, of Toms River, to store and ...

  4. Authorities ID Pleasantville Shooting Victim, 55

    Authorities ID Pleasantville Shooting Victim, 55

    Authorities have identified a man shot to death in Pleasantville.At 10:47 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, Pleasantville police responded to a ShotSpotter notification on the 200 block of 4th Avenue.Police found Pleasantville resident Craig Wyatt, 55, unconscious and unresponsive outside a residence on Hendricks Street, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Wyatt was pronounced ...

  5. Arrest Made In Hit-Run Crash Near South Jersey School

    Arrest Made In Hit-Run Crash Near South Jersey School

    Bellmawr police arrested an Egg Harbor City man on Tuesday, Oct. 4 after a 9-year-old child was struck while crossing a street in Bellmawr before the start of school.The driver allegedly left on Monday, Oct. 3 after the child was knocked to the ground and injured near E.M. Burke School, police said.Paul Criscione, 66, turned himself in after observing his vehicle on the news, ...

  6. NJ Woman Believed Killed By Son Remembered As Doting Mom

    NJ Woman Believed Killed By Son Remembered As Doting Mom

    Sandra Richman spent much of her life looking after her two sons, her obituary says. On May 23, it was one of them who police say killed her.Gary Richman, 36, is facing a manslaughter charge for the death of his mom 65-year-old mom, Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez said.The pair had left their Pedricktown home and went to ...

  7. WINNER: Mega Millions Lottery Player Takes Home $10K At Jersey Shore Wawa

    WINNER: Mega Millions Lottery Player Takes Home $10K At Jersey Shore Wawa

    One ticket matched four of the five white balls and the Mega Ball in the Tuesday, Oct. 4 Mega Millions lottery game.The winning ticket is worth $10,000.That ticket was sold at Wawa #744, Route 72 and Mermaid Dr., Manahawkin in Ocean County.The winning numbers for the Tuesday, Oct. 4, drawing were: 15, 18, 25, 33, and 38. The Gold Mega Ball was 25, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 02.

  8. SEEN HIM? State Police Seek Public's Help Finding Stolen Car Suspect

    SEEN HIM? State Police Seek Public's Help Finding Stolen Car Suspect

    The New Jersey State Police Troop “D” Criminal Investigation Office is seeking the public’s help identifying a man who allegedly stole a vehicle from the Molly Pitcher Service Area on the New Jersey Turnpike.On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at approximately 1:47 a.m., troopers from Troop "D" Cranbury Station responded to the service area for the report of a stolen car. The vehicle is a gold 2000 ...

  9. Wrongful Death Lawsuit Blames Vineland Police For Man's Fatal Restraint

    Wrongful Death Lawsuit Blames Vineland Police For Man's Fatal Restraint

    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Vineland Police Department in the 2015 death of Philip White. The trial begins on Thursday, Oct. 6 in U.S. District Court in Camden.Witnesses apparently differ on many facts including what precipitated Vineland Officer Louis Platania to direct force against White in the March 31, 2015 encounter, according to the lawsuit ...

  10. ‘It’s Too Late,’ NJ Rescue Dog Owner Gets Told By Vet After Overpaying By Thousands: Report

    ‘It’s Too Late,’ NJ Rescue Dog Owner Gets Told By Vet After Overpaying By Thousands: Report

    Buyer beware. That's the word from ABC 6 Action News Troubleshooters when it comes to veterinary care.Action News price-shopped an eye procedure for a Cherry Hill rescue dog owner.The range of estimates to carry out the procedure was wide, from $1,450 to $2,571, the outlet said.But it was nowhere near the “crazy” price of $4,298.64 that Jacqueline Canter was charged as she rushed to her ...

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