Niema Jordan is a journalist, filmmaker, impact producer and podcaster from Oakland, Calif. Her passion for writing and hip-hop led her to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied magazine writing and editing. Jordan’s early career was spent in New York as a health and relationships editor at ESSENCE Magazine.
With a desire to grow as a journalist and delve deeper into the health disparities plaguing the Black community, and Black women in particular, returned to the Bay Area. She received her Master of Public Health and Master of Journalism (with an emphasis in documentary film) from University of California, Berkeley.
Her thesis film Oasis, which tells the story of a struggling medical clinic that treats underserved populations battling Hepatitis C, won the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award at the Denver Film Festival (2016). In recent years, Jordan has continued to write for national publications such as ESSENCE, EBONY, and Glamour while working in documentary film.
Her production credits include The Chosen Life (associate producer), Fatherless (associate producer), Bobby Kennedy for President (researcher) and The Force (impact producer). She is currently a story producer on an untitled mental health documentary series slated for a 2021 release and producing her first independent documentary feature, Oh Happy Day.