About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

Reader Interactions


  1. David Gibson says

    Very well written story of John Dillon’s remarkable contributions, and connectedness with people living in rural communities of the Adirondacks and beyond. Thank you for devoting time and space to him.

  2. Martha Swan says

    I never met John Dillon but heard about him in the mid-90s when he responded to the burnings of Black churches across the South by donating building supplies. I was working in NYC at the time and visited some of those very communities targeted by terror and hate as part of a “freedom ride” to learn about the Civil Rights Movement. I’ve held him in high esteem ever since. God rest his eyes.

  3. Gina Miller-Centofanti says

    What a wonderful article. I fell in love with John Dillon Park after finding it while living in Upstate NY outside of Adirondack Park.

    I started an Adirondack Ladies Outdoor Club on Facebook when I moved to the area in order to find friends who hike, camp, kayak, snowshoe, xc ski, and anything to do with the outdoors and in the Adirondacks.

    We have camped at JDP for three summers at the Handsome Pond lean-to site. It’s such a magical place for me. Listening to the loons and the sounds of nature make me calm and happy.

    I wish I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dillon and thank him personally for all the joy his efforts and donations have brought to visitors of our beautiful park.

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