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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. UPDATE: Lakewood DPW Will Sanitize Howell Parks After New COVID Wave

    UPDATE: Lakewood DPW Will Sanitize Howell Parks After New COVID Wave

    UPDATED: An uptick in coronavirus temporarily closed public parks and ballfields in one Monmouth County township.But the Lakewood Department of Public Works has offered to come to the rescue and sanitize parks in Howell, reversing its previous park closure announcement.Howell Township's Office of Emergency Management announced on Tuesday that all parks are ordered closed ...

  2. Authorities: Central Jersey Man Made Social Media Threat Against South Brunswick High School

    Authorities: Central Jersey Man Made Social Media Threat Against South Brunswick High School

    A 24-year-old man from Central Jersey made a threatening Twitter "joke" against South Brunswick High School, authorities said.Rohan Sinha of the Monmouth Junction section of town was charged with creating false public alarm and making terroristic threats, South Brunswick police said.Sinha sent a direct message on Twitter to a friend at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday that was meant to be a ...

  3. Nearly 36 NJ Students Switched To Remote Learning After HS Party Cancels Football Opener

    Nearly 36 NJ Students Switched To Remote Learning After HS Party Cancels Football Opener

    The Bulldogs and the Bluejays' home opening football game was cancelled after a high school party where guests were not wearing masks or social distancing, officials said.As a precautionary measure, Metuchen High School administrators nixed this weekend's opener, even though no one at the party was suspected of having COVID-19, NJ.com reports.Approximately 36 individuals who attended ...

  4. Two More Central Jersey School Districts Report Positive Coronavirus Cases

    Two More Central Jersey School Districts Report Positive Coronavirus Cases

    School districts in Middlesex and Monmouth counties have reported new positive cases of COVID-19, authorities said. In-person learning was suspended at Raritan Valley Elementary School in Hazlet due to two unrelated cases, officials said. Neither case was contracted at the school.A pair of positive cases were reported in East Brunswick (one per school), and presumptive ...

  5. Reports: Trenton Man Blackmailed Girlfriend's Teen Sister Into Sex For 'Dark Web'

    Reports: Trenton Man Blackmailed Girlfriend's Teen Sister Into Sex For 'Dark Web'

    A judge ordered a 24-year-old Trenton man held without bail for blackmailing his girlfriend's then-13-year-old sister into having sex with him on camera, according to several reports and police records.Bryan Cruz convinced the girl to have sex with him several times between September 2018 and June 2019, by telling her if she didn't, then a picture of her holding a bag of marijuana would ...

  6. Trenton Shooting Victim, 26, Identified

    Trenton Shooting Victim, 26, Identified

    The 26-year-old man from Trenton shot to death on Monday has been identified, authorities said.Derek Colley was shot multiple times about 4:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Spring Street, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.No arrests have been made and the homicide remains under investigation, Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor, said.It marks the 30th ...

  7. Trenton Shooting Victim, 26, Identified

    Trenton Shooting Victim, 26, Identified

    A 26-year-old man from Trenton shot to death Monday has been identified, authorities said.Derek Colley was shot multiple times about 4:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Spring Street, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.No arrests have been made and the homicide remains under investigation, Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor, said.It marks the 30th homicide ...

  8. Two Stabbed In Middlesex County

    Two Stabbed In Middlesex County

    Two people were found stabbed in a vehicle in Middlesex County after a dispute on Sunday night, authorities said.South Brunswick police officers arrived at the corner of Bard Drive and White Oak Court at 7:41 p.m. after getting a 9-1-1 call about a stabbing, according to Lt. Gene Rickle, a police department spokesman.Police did not say what the dispute was about.Both victims were taken ...

  9. Pathfinder Flips, Manchester Driver, 66, Charged With DUI

    Pathfinder Flips, Manchester Driver, 66, Charged With DUI

    A 66-year-old man from Manchester Township has been charged with driving under the influence after a weekend crash, authorities said.At about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Rodriquez was driving a Toyota Sequoia on Route 571 east when his vehicle crossed in front of a Nissan Pathfinder driven by a teenager from Manchester, Toms River police sad.  As Rodriguez was turning left onto ...

  10. COVID-19: Middletown School District Reports Another Positive Case, At New Monmouth Elementary

    COVID-19: Middletown School District Reports Another Positive Case, At New Monmouth Elementary

    The second positive case of coronavirus at a Middletown Township elementary school was reported on Sunday, officials announced.New Monmouth Elementary School returned to all-virtual learning on Monday for at least three days, the school district announced.In a school district note to parents, and on Twitter, Middletown Superintendent Mary Ellen Walker the latest elementary school ...

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