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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. South Jersey Firefighters Knock Down Major Apartment Building Blaze

    South Jersey Firefighters Knock Down Major Apartment Building Blaze

    Firefighters quickly knocked down a major blaze reported in an apartment building in the city of Camden, authorities said.Fire broke out in an apartment at 2264 Baird Boulevard, Camden, according to a 6 am. report. No one was reported hurt. The fire, requiring "all hands," was brought under control in about 40 minutes, initial reports said. Details on whether any tenants were ...

  2. Jury Convicts Central Jersey Man, 40, Of Murder In Woman's Random Highway Slaying: Prosecutor

    Jury Convicts Central Jersey Man, 40, Of Murder In Woman's Random Highway Slaying: Prosecutor

     A 40-year-old man from Monmouth County was found guilty at a jury trial for fatally shooting a 24-year-old Freehold woman as she drove along on a state highway in 2018, authorities said.Kader Mustafa, 40, of Hightstown was convicted by the jury Tuesday  on all his charges: first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two ...

  3. Firetruck Blaze Doused At Central Jersey FD Headquarters

    Firetruck Blaze Doused At Central Jersey FD Headquarters

    A fire engine reportedly caught fire in the apparatus bay of a Central Jersey Fire Department, authorities said.The fire was reported about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday inside Dunellen Fire Headquarters at 231 S Madison Ave., Dunellen in Middlesex County, according to initial reports.Smoked remains of a fire engine that apparently caught fire Tuesday in Dunellen, Middlesex CountyFacebook/ ...

  4. 23-Year-Old Driver Killed In South Jersey Collision With Pickup Truck

    23-Year-Old Driver Killed In South Jersey Collision With Pickup Truck

    A 23-year-old driver was killed in a Gloucester County collision, authorities said.The fatal crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Barnsboro Road , Mantua Township police said.Witnesses reportedly saw a pickup truck passing in a no-passing zone before colliding with a car driven by Gino Giumarello of Mullica Hill, police said.Giumarello, 23, was a graduate of Clearview Regional ...

  5. Pedestrian Struck, Airlifted In Route 40 South Jersey Crash

    Pedestrian Struck, Airlifted In Route 40 South Jersey Crash

    A pedestrian was struck by a car in Atlantic County, authorities said. The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. at Route 40 and Cantillon Boulevard in Hamilton, initial report said.A medevac helicopter was called to airlift the victim, according to an unconfirmed report.The condition of the patient was not immediately reported CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  6. Cow Sharks, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Crocodiles Coming To $73M NJ Museum

    Cow Sharks, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Crocodiles Coming To $73M NJ Museum

    Primitive cow sharks, dinosaurs and other millions-year-old Late Cretaceous-Era, fossils are enjoying a homecoming of sorts -- thanks to a South Jersey university.Rowan University in Gloucester County held a groundbreaking ceremony over the weekend for its planned $73 million dinosaur fossil park museum on the site of a prehistoric trove a few stones throws from its Glassboro ...

  7. Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation Of Jersey Shore High School

    Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation Of Jersey Shore High School

    A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of a high school on the Jersey Shore, authorities said.Toms River High School South on Hvers Street reportedly was evacuated about 7:30 a.m. as other students were arriving due to the threat. No one was reported hurt and authorities were searching for any problems. This is a developing news story.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  8. Philadelphia Man Shot Stepfather Dead, Authorities In South Jersey Say

    Philadelphia Man Shot Stepfather Dead, Authorities In South Jersey Say

    A 23-year-old man from Philadelphia has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of his stepfather in South Jersey, authorities said. Woolwich Township police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a shooting on Cottonwood Road in Woolwich at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.Police found Dennis McKenzie, 43, dead at his home, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.Gloucester ...

  9. Victim, 35, Gunned Down In Atlantic City

    Victim, 35, Gunned Down In Atlantic City

    A 35-year-old man from Atlantic City was fatally shot, authorities said.The shooting occurred at 4:04 a.m. Sunday on South Georgia Avenue, according to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary ShillAtlantic City police responded to a 9-1-1 call about the shooting, Shill said. When police arrived, they found a man fatally shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Shill said.The ...

  10. First Responders Called To Rollover Crash, Wires Down, Tree On Fire On Jersey Shore

    First Responders Called To Rollover Crash, Wires Down, Tree On Fire On Jersey Shore

    Firefighters, police and EMS crews were called to a report of an overturned vehicle in Ocean County, authorities said.The vehicle struck a utility pole and downed live which reportedly set a nearby tree on fire, according to initial reports.The crash was reported about 2:30 p.m. Monday on Doiuble Trouble Road in Berkeley Township. It was not immediately known whether the vehicles' ...

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