Jordan Green is the senior editor of Triad City Beat, an alt-weekly in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. As part of the editorial team at the paper, Green is responsible for news coverage in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point, along with his weekly Citizen Green column.
Among his many interests are urban design, race relations, policing, food security, housing, transportation, elections, voting rights and the culture wars. He has reported on legal challenges to North Carolina’s restrictive election law, racial profiling by the Winston-Salem police, discrimination against LGBT couples and efforts to confront religious bigotry, a push by the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem to move public-housing residents to self-sufficiency, conflict between conservationists and mountain bikers and myriad other stories.
Highlights of Green’s reporting in North Carolina over the past 10 years at Triad City Beat and Yes Weekly before that include covering the spirited Democratic presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008, the rise and fall of the North Carolina Latin Kings, a pitched battle over whether to reopen a landfill in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Greensboro, electoral manipulation among Democratic politicians in Winston-Salem, the passage and repeal of the marriage amendment in North Carolina, the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, and the city of High Point’s resistance to urban revitalization efforts.
Over the years, Green has interviewed political figures ranging from North Carolina NAACP President William Barber II to former Jesse Helms strategist Carter Wrenn, and performing artists from Alice Gerrard to Ninth Wonder, along with numerous local mayors and police chiefs. The most rewarding interviews have been with people who are not famous, but have gone through extraordinary experiences like overcoming heroin addiction or grieving the loss of a murdered brother.
Green is a respected investigative journalist who shared a second-place North Carolina Press Association Award with Chad Nance of Camel City Dispatch in 2014 for a story about how the most recent Forsyth County tax revaluation systematically undervalued black neighborhoods. He has also written about Nathan Wilson, a High Point man who was held without evidence for almost a year in jail before prosecutors dismissed his murder charge. Other groundbreaking stories include a look at the degraded value of High Point’s furniture showrooms since the onset of the recession, profiteering from the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, and a 2001 scoop on Halliburton’s no-bid contract with the Pentagon to provide base support for the military invasion of Iraq.
Green’s reporting on racial disparities in traffic stops by the Greensboro Police Department was cited by The New York Times in 2015. His writing about racial profiling and other topics in Citizen Green was recognized with the second-place award for political columns by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in 2016. Green’s work has also appeared in The Guardian, and he is an occasional guest on North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things.”
Green resides in Greensboro’s Lindley Park neighborhood with his wife and daughter. For relaxation, he enjoys running, listening to obscure ’60s garage-psych-rock, reading and sweeping his deck. He relishes the rare instance when free time and a couple loose dollars allow him to meet with friends for a craft beer.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Green pursued a peripatetic career as a literary publisher, folksinger and antiracist organizer. Before the age of 25, he had two books of his own published: Terra Firma, USA, a novella loosely based on his experience coming of age in Kentucky, and Murkland, a poetry collection. In and around those high-minded but impractical pursuits, he earned money in various jobs in agriculture, the building trades and retail before obtaining a master of sciences in journalism at Columbia University in New York City.
He is currently writing a book about Jorge Cornell, the charismatic and social justice-minded leader of the North Carolina Latin Kings who was convicted in 2012 of criminal racketeering.