Jordan
National Immigration Correspondent, The New York Times
2019 Speaker

Miriam Jordan is a national immigration correspondent at the New York Times. She reports from a grassroots perspective about the impact of U.S. policy on immigrants, employers and the country at large. Through intimate stories of immigrants, she has explained to readers "chain migration," visas known by esoteric acronyms like H-1B, and programs such as DACA, which allowed young adults brought to the country illegally as children to stay and work.

Jordan chronicled the Trump administration's family-separation policy unveiled last year. Her accounts spotlighted the experience of separated children; the reunification of families once the policy was suspended; and the trauma of both children and parents as they tried to settle into life in the U.S.

In December 2018 Jordan revealed that Trump employed undocumented immigrants at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, despite his claims that he did not employ people in the country unlawfully. The piece, a portrait of two housekeepers titled "Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers", was one of the most-read articles produced by a national reporter at the New York Times all year.

Before joining the paper, Jordan worked in Brazil, India, Hong Kong and the U.S. for the Wall Street Journal. She previously worked for Reuters news agency in Mexico, Israel and Brazil, where she was raised.

Jordan earned an undergraduate degree in international relations from Stanford University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. She speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish and Hebrew. Jordan lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jonathan, and is the mother of adult girl-boy twins.