A Leading Voice for Native Americans

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye G’16 is right where she wants to be. As managing editor of Indian Country Today, the Syracuse University alumna has an influential role in addressing topics important to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and creating a narrative that is their own. It’s also a leadership position that she believes she was meant for—a way to represent and honor her family and ancestors. “It’s amazing. I wake up and think, ‘How can I help my community?’ And being part of something bigger than yourself—it’s just beautiful, and it’s so powerful,” says Bennett-Begaye, a Diné (Navajo) citizen who holds a master’s degree from the Newhouse School.

Bennett-Begaye will speak at the Newhouse School Feb. 3. for more information and to register for the hybrid event, visit newhouse.syr.edu/event/2022-feb-03/rise-of-indigenous-journalism.