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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. Buchwald Bid For Lowey's Congressional Seat Sets Up State Assembly Race

    Buchwald Bid For Lowey's Congressional Seat Sets Up State Assembly Race

    State Assemblyman David Buchwald became the second Democrat to announce his candidacy for the 17th Congressional District this week, a seat that will open up after next year's retirement of U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey.Buchwald's run for Congress sets up an open race for his 93rd Assembly District seat next year.Buchwald, 40, is in his fourth two-year term representing the 93rd District, which ...

  2. Who's Up Next? Speculation Swirls About Possible Candidates For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    Who's Up Next? Speculation Swirls About Possible Candidates For Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat

    Can next year -- which coincides with President Trump's bid for re-election --get politically crazier? In Westchester, it's guaranteed.With the 2020 retirement of U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey after 31 years in Congress comes a blue and red wave of potential candidates. Many of them have either strong local, or national name recognition.At 82 years old, Lowey also is one of the ...

  3. Disapproval Rating For Governor Lamont Is Rising

    Disapproval Rating For Governor Lamont Is Rising

    Just when he thought it couldn't get much worse. Gov. Ned Lamont's disapproval rating is on the rise, according to the latest public opinion poll.The new poll also shows that Connecticut residents believe the quality of life in the state is declining.Sacred Heart University's Institute for Public Policy and The Hartford Courant released results of their statewide survey of 1,000 ...

  4. Schumer, Engel Seek Vital Impeachment Testimony

    Schumer, Engel Seek Vital Impeachment Testimony

    Two of New York's top congressmen turned up the heat in the ongoing impeachment investigation of President Trump on Tuesday, Oct. 8.Earlier on Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced that he would invite Rudolph Giuliani, New York City's former mayor, to testify about Ukraine.Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, reacted on Twitter: ...

  5. Sen. Gillibrand, Former Presidential Candidate, Speaks At County Center

    Sen. Gillibrand, Former Presidential Candidate, Speaks At County Center

    A former presidential candidate is coming to the Westchester County Center to speak about issues affecting senior citizens.U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will speak at the County Center in White Plains on Thursday, Oct. 10.Will impeachment come up? It's not planned but who knows what questions will be asked by the audience beyond health care, housing and the economy.County Executive ...

  6. Around The Towns: Candidate Endorsements, Voters' Forum, Help For Human Trafficking Victims

    Around The Towns: Candidate Endorsements, Voters' Forum, Help For Human Trafficking Victims

    Nearly $1 million in federal money has been awarded to a White Plains-based organization that helps survivors of human trafficking.U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison), as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced a U.S. Department of Justice grant from the Office for Victims of Crime totaling $925,000 for My Sisters’ Place, Inc. of White Plains. This grant will ...

  7. Around The Towns: Purdue Pharma Disputes, Candidate Blasts Developers, Vaccine Stats Lawsuit

    Around The Towns: Purdue Pharma Disputes, Candidate Blasts Developers, Vaccine Stats Lawsuit

    Local government lawsuits against the family that owns Purdue Pharma should be allowed to proceed even as the company attempts to reach a nationwide settlement in bankruptcy court over the toll of the opioids crisis, according to a court filing on Wednesday, Oct. 2The filing by 19 cities and towns in Connecticut and three other states comes amid settlement negotiations with the maker of ...

  8. Siena Poll: New Yorkers Think We're More Politically Divided Than Ever

    Siena Poll: New Yorkers Think We're More Politically Divided Than Ever

    A new public opinion poll finds that 65 percent of New Yorkers think "we are more partisan than ever."As Democrats ramp up an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, a Siena College Research Institute poll released on Thursday, Oct. 3 also found that more than one-fourth of the respondents said they think less of the people they know who hold different political viewpoints. Siena ...

  9. Attendance At Playland Amusement Park On The Rise Once Again

    Attendance At Playland Amusement Park On The Rise Once Again

    After a rollercoaster of a decade, attendance at the county-owned Playland Amusement Park was up this summer by more than 10 percent over the 2018 season, according to Westchester officials.The good news coincides with the county cancelling its contract with Standard Amusements, which hoped to take over management of the park in Rye.Playland's 2019 attendance was 508,413, compared with ...

  10. Follow The Laws: New Minimum Wage, Gun Rules, Smoking Limits, Sex Abuse Statutes

    Follow The Laws: New Minimum Wage, Gun Rules, Smoking Limits, Sex Abuse Statutes

    New sales taxes, minimum wage, safe gun storage rules and a 21-year-old minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products became law on Tuesday, Oct. 1.Prepared meals from restaurants, caterers and grocery stores are now taxed at 7.35 percent -- up from 6.35 percent. The 1 percent surcharge applies to supermarket catering services; sandwiches, grinders, coffee or tea sold for takeout; ...

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