Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, communications professional, and author. His newest film, Powerlands, was released in 2022.
Jordan has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, RT America, the Alan Colmes Show on Fox, and News and Notes on NPR. He is the author of the books No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality and Floodlines: Community and Resistance From Katrina to the Jena Six and has produced television documentaries and news reports for Democracy Now, teleSUR, The Laura Flanders Show, and Al Jazeera, including as a producer on the Emmy, Peabody, and duPont-award-winning program Fault Lines on Al Jazeera. He produced the fiction film Chocolate Babies, which won awards at South by Southwest and New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and was recently added to the Criterion Collection.
Jordan’s print journalism has been featured in dozens of publications, from the New York Times and Washington Post to ColorLines and the Village Voice. His articles have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, and published in major publications around the world, including Die Zeit in Germany, Clarin in Argentina, Juventude Rebelde in Cuba, Red Pepper in England, and many more from Lebanon to Paris to New Zealand to South Africa. He has also reported as a correspondent for Agence France Presse, and written for dozens of news websites including Huffington Post, CommonDreams, AlterNet, Counterpunch, and ZNet. As a white southerner who speaks honestly about race, Jordan Flaherty has been regularly published in Black progressive forums such as Black Commentator and Black Agenda Report, and is a regular guest on Black radio stations and programs such as Keep Hope Alive With Reverend Jesse Jackson.
Jordan has produced award-winning fiction films, documentaries, music videos, and news reports, and his reporting and analysis has been published in several anthologies, including the South End Press books Live From Palestine and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation; the University of Georgia Press book What is a City; the AK Press book Red State Rebels; and Bury The Dead from Cascade Books. He has appeared as an actor in HBO’s television series Treme, playing himself.
Jordan was the first journalist to bring the case of the Jena Six to a national audience, and he has so far been the only journalist identified as a subject of the New York City Police Department’s spying programs. His journalism awards include awards from New America Media for Best Post-Katrina Reporting in the Ethnic Press, and from the National Headliner Awards for Best Broadcast Environmental Reporting.
Jordan has lectured at dozens of colleges, universities and conferences including Columbia University, Stanford Law School, Yale, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of California at Los Angeles, SUNY Stonybrook, American University in Washington DC, Loyola University Chicago, University of Florida, University of Chicago, University of Texas at Austin, Loyola Law School, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Xavier University, and many others. He was an editor of The Abolitionist, a bilingual newspaper distributed mostly in prisons in North and South America, and from 2004-2011 he was a part of the editorial collective that published Left Turn Magazine, a publication that reported from progressive and revolutionary movements around the world. He has done communications work for human rights organizations, including Partners for Dignity & Rights.