Jourdan Bennett-Begaye is a Diné journalist currently stationed in the Nacotchtank & Piscataway Lands (Washington, D.C.). Jourdan works as the Washington editor at Indian Country Today, “a daily digital platform that covers the Indigenous world.” She identifies as Kiyaa’áanii (The Towering House Clan), Mą’ii deeshgiizhinii (The Coyote Pass Clan of Jemez), Naakai dine’é (The Mexican Clan), and Ozei Táchii’nii (The Hopi with Red Running Into the Water Clan). She completed the Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York. Obtaining her master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism takes her one step closer to creating her own magazine for Indigenous communities (and exploring Mother Earth).
Before the career change, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at Fort Lewis College and played collegiate volleyball. Her love for dance and working with Indigenous youth led to co-founding the Survival of the First Voices Festival.
After graduate school, she taught journalism, video production, and theatre at her alma mater, Kirtland Central High School, in New Mexico. She’s written for Native Peoples Magazine, Fan First, MediaShift, The Daily Times, NAJA’s Native Voices News, NPR’s NextGen Radio Project, and Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard.
When she’s not reporting, she tries to read the works of Native authors and history, learn Diné Bizaad, FaceTime with her nephews and niece, is watching nutritional videos with her partner, workout and figure out more ways to change the world.