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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. Crash With Injuries Reported In South Jersey

    Crash With Injuries Reported In South Jersey

    There was a serious crash in Camden County, authorities said.The crash occurred after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 on Route 38 westbound in Cherry Hill Township, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.There were injuries, 511nj.org reported.The crash occurred near Routes 616 and 627 (Coles Avenue). One of three lanes was closed.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  2. Vehicle Flips In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    Vehicle Flips In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    A vehicle overturned in South Jersey, authorities said.The crash occurred at about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 on Route 55 southbound in Franklin Township, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation.One lane of the highway south of Exit 43 was closed, 511nj.org reported. An unconfirmed report said that numerous ambulances were called.

  3. Baltimore Man Charged In South Jersey Burglary

    Baltimore Man Charged In South Jersey Burglary

    A 43-year-old man from Baltimore, Maryland, was arrested in connection with a car break-in outside an L.A. Fitness.On Sept. 6, Evesham police were dispatched to 1051 N. Route 73 for the report of a burglary to an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot.The suspect, later identified as Jason Burkett, gained entry into the vehicle and stole the victim’s wallet, police said.The ...

  4. Man Charged With Prostituting Teenage Girl: Prosecutor

    Man Charged With Prostituting Teenage Girl: Prosecutor

    A Monmouth County man has been arrested and charged with promoting the prostitution of a teenager at a Tinton Falls motel, along with numerous other crimes, authorities said.Jerome L. Harbour, 41, is charged with first-degree promoting prostitution of a child, criminal sexual contact, child endangerment, hindering apprehension, obstruction of justice, and drug offenses, ...

  5. Teenager Was Driving More Than 85 MPH In Crash Injuring 2 Other Teens: Police

    Teenager Was Driving More Than 85 MPH In Crash Injuring 2 Other Teens: Police

    A teenager was driving more than 85 mph in a 45 mph zone when he crashed in Egg Harbor Township — injuring two teen passengers, authorities said.The 17-year-old Egg Harbor Township resident, who was not named, was charged with two counts of assault, police said in a statement on Monday, Nov. 21. He was issued summonses for speeding, reckless driving and careless driving as well.The ...

  6. Community Supports South Jersey Baseball Coach In ICU With Brain Aneurysm

    Community Supports South Jersey Baseball Coach In ICU With Brain Aneurysm

    There is an outpouring of community support for a South Jersey baseball coach as he recovers in the intensive care unit after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. Jason Downey is a coach at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon. Downey is the school's former admissions director and is married to the girls' soccer coach, Alicia."Many of you know Jay as a loving father, husband, or ...

  7. Impaired Driver Arrested After Plowing Pickup Into A Home: Police

    Impaired Driver Arrested After Plowing Pickup Into A Home: Police

    A 24-year-old man from Toms River was arrested after driving his pickup truck into a home, authorities said.On Sunday, Nov. 20, at approximately 11:35 p.m., police and fire units were dispatched to Frann Road for a reported crash involving a vehicle into a house, Toms River police said.The initial investigation revealed that Kevin E. Cannon was traveling north on Frann Road ...

  8. Atlantic County Announces Major Sweep Of Child Sex Offenders

    Atlantic County Announces Major Sweep Of Child Sex Offenders

    Nearly 100 Atlantic County child sex offenders were arrested in a massive bust, authorities announced. Local agency law enforcement partners from throughout Atlantic County have charged 70 individuals with offenses including child luring, endangering a child by sexual conduct, and sexual assault. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Megan’s Law enforcement Unit, along with local law ...

  9. WINNERS: NJ Powerball Lottery Players Take Home $50K

    WINNERS: NJ Powerball Lottery Players Take Home $50K

    Two New Jersey Lottery tickets matched four of the five white balls and the Powerball drawn winning the $50,000 third-tier prize on Saturday, Nov. 19. Those tickets were sold at the following locations:Bergen County: Meadowlands Convenience Mart LLC, 758 Paterson Plank Road, East Rutherford; and,Monmouth County: ShopRite Liquor Warehouse #781, 2300 Route 66, Neptune.The winning ...

  10. Power Outage Hits 27K Customers In Monmouth County

    Power Outage Hits 27K Customers In Monmouth County

    About 27,000 electric customers were without power Monday morning in southern Monmouth County.The exact cause of the widespread outage was not immediately known.More than half of the homes and businesses had their power restored by noon, according to an outage tracker map provided by Jersey Central Power & Light.Almost all of Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Spring Lake ...

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