Jourdan Bennett-Begaye is a Diné citizen and 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 Minorities Fellowship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York. The fellowship allowed her to obtain a master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism.
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 Syracuse, 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.
Follow her on Twitter: @jourdanbb