Hometown: Bridgeton, Mo.
Birthday: Sept. 19
Jordan first realized her interest in journalism in second grade when she began writing stories, stapling together books and writing pretend newsletters for her family members. At the age of seven, when she announced she wanted to be a writer when she grew up, her mother told her she should pursue a career in journalism--so she did.
While attending Pattonville High School, Jordan worked for the student paper and yearbook. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Lindenwood University, where she was the managing editor of the student paper her senior year, Jordan worked as a reporter for the St. Louis Globe Democrat online and weekly papers in Lincoln County.
When Jordan is not running around O'Fallon or writing stories for Patch, she enjoys hanging out with her family, taking her little sister to movies, reading the latest vampire novels or torturing her friends with her sad attempts at karaoke.
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Politics: How would you describe your political beliefs? Moderate. Are you registered with a certain party? I'm an independent voter who likes to take all sides of an issue into account before making a decision.
Religion: How religious would you consider yourself? I was not raised going to a church on a regular basis, but as an adult I have tried out several different denominations with friends, as part of my research to find the the church that is right fit for me. It is one of my personal goals this year to find a church in the O'Fallon area that I would like to belong to. I will keep you posted!
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community? I think it's important to O'Fallon residents and leaders that the city maintain its status as one of the safest, most family friendly places to live in America, while also continuing to grow in business and maintain one of the largest school districts in the state during tough economic times. I'm still fairly new to the area and I'm sure there are more issues that I will discover as I continue to meet people and cover stories in O'Fallon.