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.

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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.

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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.

The Housing Divide

Jan 11, 2017
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The cost of living has steadily risen in Charlottesville, as has the average income.  But what happens when the city’s lowest wage earners can no longer afford to live there?  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report on the state of affordable housing in Charlottesville.

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The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors voted late Thursday night to approve a compressor station as part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

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On Monday night, more than 150 people packed into the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors’ monthly meeting. Most were there to voice their objection to the compressor station being sought as part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

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For months, a debate has raged in Charlottesville over two controversial, historical statues and what they represent.  WMRA's Jordy Yager has the latest.

As Virginians voted on Election Day, WMRA heard from some of them at polling places around our region.

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In the second part of our look at the Rocky Mount fire, WMRA’s Jordy Yager treks into the backcountry with park rangers to see the long-term effects of the second largest blaze to ever hit the Shenandoah National Park.

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Yesterday evening, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia hosted Gold-Star parent Khizr Khan for a conversation, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there.

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The Shenandoah National Park experienced its second largest forest fire in recorded history just six months ago. In the first of a two-part report, WMRA’s Jordy Yager looks at how fire teams fought the 10,000-acre blaze and what it means for the park’s future.

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At last month’s planning commission meeting in Buckingham County, so many people signed up to speak about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that a second meeting was created just to continue the public comments. WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there.

It’s only their third week of class, but University of Virginia students yesterday got an environmental wake up call. WMRA’s Jordy Yager was on hand.

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If you build it, they will come. That’s the bet Shenandoah National Park is making with a new, fuel-efficient, addition to its ranks.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager takes a look at the Park’s more climate friendly future.

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When most of us think of an artist in residence, we think of painters, potters, or maybe even poets. But what about an artist whose medium is sound? Well, that perked the ears of WMRA’s Jordy Yager, who has this report.

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Participants at the Black Male Town Hall Tuesday night, August 16, signed up to focus on key areas aimed at promoting change in Charlottesville’s African-American community. WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

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Tucked deep within Afton Mountain is a 19th century train tunnel engineered by Cladius Crozet that’s sat dormant for the last 70 years. WMRA’s Jordy Yager went inside both the tunnel and local efforts to bring it back to life.

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Last month, a Charlottesville organization to mentor young men of color beat out more than one hundred other groups across the country to get the 100 Black Men of America’s chapter of the year award for mentoring.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager talked with some of the young men who have excelled in the program, and their mentors.

A group of mental health service providers in the Staunton area have pooled their resources to push for the creation of a new facility aimed at treating people in crisis.  In our final report in a series on mental health care in Virginia, WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

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A new approach to handling mentally ill criminals employs a special court docket to keep them out of prison and get them into treatment.  As part of our investigation into the state of mental health care in Virginia, Jordy Yager has this report.

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Mental health services in Virginia progressed leaps and bounds over the last 40 years. But many experts argue that more needs to be done.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so WMRA’s Jordy Yager caught up with some veterans of the system to get a sense for how we’re doing, in this first of a series of reports on the state of mental health care in Virginia.

In our region, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has aroused controversy.  So has another proposed natural gas line through Southwestern Virginia.  A new study takes a look at local costs of the pipeline that would stretch from West Virginia to a compressor station in southern Virginia. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

About 30 people came to hear local NAACP leader Dr. Rick Turner speak in Charlottesville on Sunday evening about racial discrimination. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

Poor for a Day

Apr 27, 2016

This past Saturday, a few Charlottesville residents had an opportunity to experience the struggles their poorer neighbors go through on a daily basis. WMRA's Jordy Yager met them at the Charlottesville High School to capture the experience of going through Piedmont CASA's Poverty Simulation and has this report.

More than 1 out of every 4 residents in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville live in poverty. Saturday, May 23, a non-profit is offering those who don't live in poverty, a chance to experience the struggles their poorer neighbors go through on a daily basis.

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For the hundreds of refugees who resettle in Virginia, home is a place they’ve left behind. For an update on our series on refugees, WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this story about what it takes to build a new home, here in America.

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In the final installment of our series on Refugees in Virginia, WMRA’s Jordy Yager takes a look at the next wave of refugees set to arrive in Charlottesville this year, and some of the people getting ready to help them.

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Lots of immigrants to the U-S are not technically refugees under the law, but nevertheless seek refuge here. It’s a population that mostly flies under the radar, but whose work has been vital to U.S. interests abroad. WMRA's Jordy Yager has the next installment of our series on Refugees in Virginia.

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For many refugees, faith provides continuity in a world that is otherwise upended. In our latest installment of WMRA’s special series, Jordy Yager looks at how two religious institutions in Charlottesville have helped Muslim and Christian refugees assimilate to life in America.

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Many immigrant newcomers, including refugees, take hourly-paid jobs in the service industry here.  That includes people who in their home countries were restaurant managers, or doctors, or engineers.  In the next installment of our series on Refugees in Virginia, WMRA's Jordy Yager finds one new project in Charlottesville that helps train people for specific work, with the assurance of a job at the other end.