Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan

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Jennifer Jordan – Biography Jennifer Jordan is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and screenwriter, with many years experience as a journalist, broadcast producer, radio and television news anchor, voice-over/narration talent and motivational speaker. Most recently, she has ghost and/or co-written three books with wildly divergent themes: Perfect Strangers (with Roseann Sdoia) tells the horrific and poignant story of one woman losing her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, while gaining a family in the three first responders who saved her life; Southern Discomfort (with Tena Clark) is a wildly funny and yet painfully raw story of one woman’s coming of age in Jim Crow Mississippi; and The Babysitter (with Liza Rodman) is part memoir, part true crime thriller of a young girl who had a serial killer as one of her babysitters during her childhood summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 2016, Jordan directed, wrote, and produced 3000 Cups of Tea: Investigating the Rise and Ruin of Greg Mortenson, a documentary that follows philanthropist Greg Mortenson’s meteoric rise and devastating fall in the wake of a flawed “60 Minutes” expose on him and his work. While the film addresses the accusations leveled against him and his Central Asia Institute, it focuses on Mortenson’s mission to build schools and educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a mission which was mortally, but not fatally, wounded by the scandal. In 2010, Jordan wrote The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2 (W. W. Norton). It tells the story of Dudley Wolfe, the first man to die on K2 during the ill-fated 1939 expedition, whose remains Jordan found on the glacier below K2 base camp sixty-three years after his death. It won a 2010 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography and soon after publication was listed as a Best Seller in Sports books in the Wall Street Journal. She is currently negotiating an option on her screenplay of the remarkable story. In 2005 she wrote Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 (William Morrow), which won the 2005 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Mountain Literature and was selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times. She also created, wrote, and co-produced the 2003 documentary Women of K2 for National Geographic, which was an official entry in scores of major film festivals, winning five. After the release of her first book and documentary, Jordan became a celebrated public speaker, and routinely addresses audiences of all ages and backgrounds on the many issues raised in her books and films. In 2008, she produced and wrote Kick Like a Girl, which won several international film festivals and premiered on HBO in May of 2009. She also juried the 2008 Ogden Mountain Adventure Film Festival. In 2009 she narrated and helped write the documentary Green River for KUED (PBS) in Salt Lake City. That year she also wrote on the television series Hooked: The Great White for National Geographic. In 2010-2011 she wrote and co-produced Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt, which won several major film festivals and celebrates the man who pioneered Bonneville, Utah, as the "Fastest Place on Earth.” She also was Project Director on ImagineCleanAir.Org, a competition for Utah film students to produce short docs focused on creative and imaginative solutions to the air quality problems along Utah’s Wasatch Front. Jordan spent most of the 1990s at WGBH-FM in Boston where she anchored National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She also worked with the acclaimed WGBH Channel 2, public television’s most prolific production house, as an on-air talent, segment producer and host, researcher and writer. Before Jordan joined WGBH she created, produced, hosted and marketed her own talk show, which she syndicated nationally via NPR’s satellite network. She co-owns and operates Skyline Ventures Productions with her husband, cinematographer Jeff Rhoads, in Salt Lake City, where she spends as much of her free time as possible exploring the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains.
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