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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. Truck Crash Causes Heavy Delays At Central Jersey Rush (DEVELOPING)

    Truck Crash Causes Heavy Delays At Central Jersey Rush (DEVELOPING)

    A crash involving a truck was causing heavy traffic delays in Central Jersey, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The crash occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 on the Basilone Bridge in New Brunswick, initial reports said.There were heavy truck lane delays, a report said.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  2. Jersey Shore Man Stabbed Victim Dead During Fight: Prosecutor

    Jersey Shore Man Stabbed Victim Dead During Fight: Prosecutor

    A 32-year-old man from Neptune Township man has been charged with murder after stabbing another man dead during an argument, authorities said.Derrick Simms stabbed the victim, who was found unresponsive outside of a Squirrel Road home in Neptune around 5:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said. The victim was pronounced dead at the ...

  3. Body Found Floating At Park Near Raritan River (DEVELOPING)

    Body Found Floating At Park Near Raritan River (DEVELOPING)

    A body was found floating at a park near the Raritan River in Central Jersey, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.The incident was reported before 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, initial reports said.No other details were immediately available.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  4. NJ Hit-Run Suspect Accused Of Killing Pedestrian On Walker: Prosecutor

    NJ Hit-Run Suspect Accused Of Killing Pedestrian On Walker: Prosecutor

    A 30-year-old man from Central Jersey has been arrested in connection with a hit-run crash that killed a pedestrian crossing with a walker, authorities said.On Sunday, Aug. 7, at approximately 8:29 p.m., Perth Amboy police responded to the intersection of Convery Boulevard and Pfeiffer Boulevard. There was a report of a white Dodge Charger that fled the scene after fatally ...

  5. Motorcyclist Killed In South Jersey Crash: Report

    Motorcyclist Killed In South Jersey Crash: Report

    A 30-year-old motorcyclist from Vineland was killed in a crash with another vehicle, NJ Advance Media reported.Kani Francis was riding his motorcycle south on Wheaton Avenue in Millville around 10:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, when he struck a car traveling east on Ladow Avenue, the outlet said, quoting Millville Police.Francis was taken to Inspira Medical Center Vineland and pronounced dead, ...

  6. Coast Guard, First Responders Rescue 5 After Boat Capsizes Near Barnegat Inlet

    Coast Guard, First Responders Rescue 5 After Boat Capsizes Near Barnegat Inlet

    The U.S. Coast Guard, along with state and local responders, rescued five people from the water after their personal boat capsized at the entrance to Barnegat Inlet, authorities said.At approximately 6:57 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 watchstanders at Sector Delaware Bay were informed that a vessel had capsized, stranding six people in the water. A 29-foot Response Boat and a 47-foot Motor Life ...

  7. Head-On Tractor-Trailer Crash Reported In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    Head-On Tractor-Trailer Crash Reported In South Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    A head-on crash involving a tractor-trailer occurred in South Jersey, according to developing and unconfirmed reports. the crash occurred before 10:50 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 on Burlington-Mount Holly Road at Irick Road in Westampton, initial reports said.Medical helicopters were requested.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

  8. Lakewood Man Gets 25 Years State Prison In Fatal Stabbing

    Lakewood Man Gets 25 Years State Prison In Fatal Stabbing

    A 33-year-old man from Lakewood has been sentenced to 25 years in New Jersey state prison in a fatal stabbing, authorities said.Jorge Santiago-Garcia was sentenced on his previously entered guilty plea to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of Rodrigo Jimenez-Paz in Lakewood Township on August 31, 2020.On August 31, 2020, Lakewood police ...

  9. 2 Shootings, 4 Wounded In Atlantic City: Police

    2 Shootings, 4 Wounded In Atlantic City: Police

    Four men were wounded in a pair of weekend shootings in Atlantic City, authorities said.On Friday, Aug. 5, at 11:24 p.m., Atlantic City police patrol responded to the Brigantine Homes section of Atlantic City for a report of shots fired and a ShotSpotter alert. Responding officers found evidence of gunfire in the area of 1062 Brigantine Boulevard, but no victim. Moments later, ...

  10. Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Central Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Central Jersey (DEVELOPING)

    A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Central Jersey, according to developing and unconfirmed reports.ALSO SEE: Hit-Run Driver Arrested In Fatal CrashThe fatal crash was reported at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7 on Route 35 in Perth Amboy, reports said.CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

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