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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. Burlington County Man, 62, Gets 20 Years In State Prison For 'Despicable' Sex Attacks On Girl

    Burlington County Man, 62, Gets 20 Years In State Prison For 'Despicable' Sex Attacks On Girl

    A 62-year-old man from Bass River Township was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in state prison, without parole, for sexually assaulting an underage girl, authorities said.Joseph Kaelin pleaded guilty in February to sexual attacks on the girl for multiple years, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said.The minor told her family about the recurring abuse and Kaelin was ...

  2. Brick Police Bust Atlantic City Man With 1,308 Heroin Folds

    Brick Police Bust Atlantic City Man With 1,308 Heroin Folds

    A 26-year-old man from Atlantic City was busted in Ocean County on Friday with an estimated 27 bricks of heroin in his car, authorities said. Bilal Freeman and a passenger were stopped about 12:30 a.m. in a 7-Eleven parking lot on Chambers Ridge Road, Brick police said. Brick Patrol Officer Scott Mesmer spoke with.both of the car's occupants and they gave ...

  3. Howell Man Who Threatened Attack On Lakewood Jewish Community Sentenced To Six Months Jail

    Howell Man Who Threatened Attack On Lakewood Jewish Community Sentenced To Six Months Jail

    A 43-year-old man from Monmouth County was sentenced on Friday to six months in Ocean County for threatening the Lakewood Jewish community and Gov. Phil Murphy via social media posts, authorities said.Anthony Lodespoto of Howell pleaded guilty on Aug.10 to bias intimidation before Superior Court Judge Guy P. Ryan, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. ...

  4. Ocean Prosecutor: Little League Treasurer Returns Stolen $63K

    Ocean Prosecutor: Little League Treasurer Returns Stolen $63K

    A 57-year-old man from Jackson Township has returned money stolen from an Ocean County Little League and been sentenced to community service, authorities said.In addition to returning about $63,085 to the Holbrook Little League, John Lehman was sentenced on Friday to one-year probation and 100 hours of community service,  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer ...

  5. 13 Asbury Park Dogs Found Famished, Infested, Dehydrated: Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty

    13 Asbury Park Dogs Found Famished, Infested, Dehydrated: Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty

    A 25-year-old man from Asbury Park has been charged with numerous counts of animal cruelty for neglecting 13 dogs including a puppy that died, authorities said.Derek Bussey was charged with one count of third-degree animal cruelty and 12 counts of fourth-degree animal cruelty after the death of one puppy and the neglect of three adult dogs and nine other puppies, Monmouth ...

  6. Prosecutor: Jersey Shore Trio's $30K Embezzlement From Lacey Veterans Group 'Truly Shameful'

    Prosecutor: Jersey Shore Trio's $30K Embezzlement From Lacey Veterans Group 'Truly Shameful'

    Three former employees of a veterans organization in Ocean County stole at least $30,415 from the non-profit, authorities said.Jesse Violante, 33, of Tuckerton, Mary Anne Dileo, 67, of Manahawkin, and Gary Mclain, 33, of Little Egg Harbor, were each charged with theft by unlawful taking on Thursday, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.The three suspects formerly ...

  7. 7-Eleven Store, Gas Station Planned For Long-Vacant Hazlet Property

    7-Eleven Store, Gas Station Planned For Long-Vacant Hazlet Property

    A long-abandoned property in Monmouth County is eyed for redevelopment along Route 36, officials said. A site plan to build a new 7-Eleven convenience store and six adjoining gasoline pumps is set to be considered by the Hazlet Land Use Board on Thursday evening.The new business would open on a 37,693-square-foot lot formerly occupied by a Sunoco gas station at the intersection of ...

  8. Arrest Made In South Brunswick High School Vandalism

    Arrest Made In South Brunswick High School Vandalism

    A 20-year-old man from Middlesex County has been charged in connection to damage to the South Brunswick High School athletic fields, authorities said.David E. French was charged with criminal mischief on Thursday night, South Brunswick police said. French is accused of "off-roading" his pickup truck on the sports fields at the high school causing "thousands of dollars worth of ...

  9. COVID-19: South Jersey American Legion Post Turns To 'Go Fund Me' To Stay Alive During Pandemic

    COVID-19: South Jersey American Legion Post Turns To 'Go Fund Me' To Stay Alive During Pandemic

    Having lost most of this year's fundraising money due to the coronavirus pandemic, the American Legion Post 414 in Mercer County started a GoFundMe campaign this week to stay open after 75 years of service to veterans and the community.Post 414 Commander Charles Brothers wrote, "Our money has always been generated thru our fund-raising events such as our annual Pig Roast. With large ...

  10. South Jersey Man, 36, Arrested With 500 Folds of Heroin, His 2-Year-Old Toddler In Car

    South Jersey Man, 36, Arrested With 500 Folds of Heroin, His 2-Year-Old Toddler In Car

    A 36-year-old man from Pleasantville was arrested in Atlantic City with 500 folds of heroin -- and his 2-year-old daughter in the car, authorities said.Robert Hart attracted police attention on Thursday when Atlantic City Sgt. Charles Stuart and Detective Chris Dodson noticed Hart was driving with a suspended license, a police department spokesman said.The Atlantic City patrol officers ...

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