Jordy Yager

Freelance Reporter

Jordy Yager is a freelance reporter for WMRA based out of the Charlottesville area. He’s been a journalist since 2007, writing for The Hill, the L.A. Times, C-Ville Weekly, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Deutsche Welle, the Brockton Enterprise, the Union Leader, and others. Jordy graduated from Charlottesville High School and received a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University. His writing has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Since returning to his hometown of Charlottesville in 2013, Jordy has focused primarily on news that pertains to poverty and the disenfranchised.

Jordy also works as a carpenter and a culinary instructor for children. He lives in a cabin in the woods.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy delivered his report on the August 12th events in Charlottesville to City Council last night.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Bell and Squire campaigns

While Virginia overall favored Hillary Clinton by five points in last year’s election, voters in the 58th Virginia House District favored Donald Trump by almost 20 points.  Republican Rob Bell is running for his ninth consecutive term in the district, which includes parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Rockingham, and Greene Counties. In most of his races, Bell’s won with comfortable majorities. In fact, most years, he’s run unopposed. But not this year. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the next installment in our series of candidate profiles.

Six Charlottesville city council candidates gave their final pitches to voters on Wednesday night at the African American Heritage Center in preparation for Election Day on November 7th. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

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The Slave Dwelling Project recently held its largest ever event at the University of Virginia to commemorate the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who built and ran the school in the 19th century. Nearly three dozen panels saw more than 100 speakers over the three days. But at the center was an outdoor sleepover in near freezing temperatures, where the enslaved would have slept.

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Later this year Charlottesville may add a new docket to its court system, specially geared towards people who may have mental health issues that factored into their running afoul of the law. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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Less than 7 weeks since white supremacists marched with torches on the University of Virginia campus across the street, St. Paul’s Memorial church hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday evening aimed at addressing white supremacy and Christianity. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

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For the latest installment of our Women of Interest series, WMRA’s Jordy Yager met a woman who is dedicated to breaking down not just barriers to mental wellness, but also barriers for African Americans in Charlottesville.

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It’s been one month since a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville left three people dead and dozens more injured. The city has since attempted to piece itself back together, realizing that deeper issues are also at play. For a look towards the future, WMRA’s Jordy Yager spoke with educators and teens about their reality.

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Charlottesville City Council last night moved forward with plans to remove the city’s Stonewall Jackson statue, but not before catching an earful from a crowd, angry, not just about the white supremacist rally on August 12, but about something deeper. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

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Local Charlottesville activists came out in large numbers last night, momentarily shutting down the first City Council meeting since the August 12th white supremacist rally that made international headlines. As calls for resignations and greater accountability gave way on Monday, Councilors moved forward on several key issues. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

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Heather Heyer, 32, of Ruckersville was killed Saturday in Charlottesville by a car attack.  The alleged driver of that car is in custody, charged with murder.  Ms. Heyer was peacefully protesting against right-wing hate groups that descended on the city for a rally.  A vigil was held Sunday night to remember her.  WMRA's Jordy Yager reports.

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On Saturday, Charlottesville made international news with the deaths of three people and the largest white nationalist gathering the city has seen in modern history. WMRA’s Jordy Yager was on the ground and has this report.

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On Saturday (Aug. 12), hundreds of alt-right activists are expected to gather in Charlottesville for a rally to save the city’s Robert E. Lee statue. The city is still reeling from a KKK rally one month ago, and struggling to find a balance between public safety and safeguarding civil liberties. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

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The Ku Klux Klan paid a visit to Charlottesville over the weekend in what was perhaps the most anticipated event of the year for the city. Thousands of people came out—some to protest indirectly through celebration, and others who wanted to look the KKK in the face. WMRA’s Jordy Yager and Emily Richardson-Lorente were there.

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Eight years ago, educators in the Charlottesville area noticed that when it came to math, there was an achievement gap between African American students and their white peers. And so an academy was born to try to improve those skills. And as WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports, what’s resulted is much more.

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Charlottesville City officials on Tuesday sought to reassure community members that they will be kept safe during the Ku Klux Klan’s planned rally in a little more than two weeks. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

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After years of careful planning, James Madison’s Montpelier has finally opened its extensive new permanent exhibit on enslaved families and slavery, which, in many ways, completely breaks the mold. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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Charlottesville City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to change the names of two parks named for confederate generals. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more. 

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About 150 protesters gathered in downtown Charlottesville on Wednesday to counter what they expected to be a pro confederate rally to keep the city’s statue of Robert E. Lee in place. What they found, however, was slightly different. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Courtesy of Angela Ciolfi

We often see the struggles for civil rights and racial justice as among the most noble of the legal profession. But the University of Virginia’s Law School recently realized it didn’t have any hands-on practical ways for students to get involved. Until now. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

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Who visits almost every home, no matter how rich or poor, and is tapped into communities on a ground level? WMRA’s Jordy Yager takes a look at how postal workers are helping to fight hunger.

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Charlottesville City Council on Monday moved a step closer to renaming two downtown parks currently named for Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson.  WMRA's Jordy Yager reports.

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Three people were arrested Sunday night after a mostly peaceful protest in downtown Charlottesville turned momentarily violent, spilling out into the streets.  WMRA's Jordy Yager reports.

UVA Memorial

Feb 27, 2017
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A team of designers are set to unveil their latest proposals for a memorial to the enslaved men and women who built and operated the University of Virginia for much of the 19th century. WMRA's Jordy Yager has more. 

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In 2004, religious congregations in Charlottesville formed a coalition to prevent homeless people from freezing overnight in the winter. Today, that group shelters more than 200 people, 150 nights out of the year. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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Nearly 200 people showed up Tuesday evening to learn about zoning and housing regulations in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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Protests against President Trump’s agenda continued in Charlottesville this week. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

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Executive orders from President Trump affecting immigrants and refugees have spurred city officials in Charlottesville to take an official stand of opposition. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In cities and airports across the nation this weekend protesters responded to the recent executive order signed by President Trump that bans immigrants from seven countries with Muslim majorities. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz filed these excerpts from what people had to say at a rally in Harrisonburg yesterday.

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William Faulkner famously wrote that ‘The past is never dead. It's not even past.’  And nowhere is that more evident than in Lexington, Virginia.  A tale of two cities played out there this past weekend, as rival groups took to the streets to celebrate two very different holidays: Lee-Jackson Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

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