Nadege Green carries her gear with her everywhere. As a reporter for WLRN, the local NPR affiliate, she never knows when news will happen. Sometimes, it’s not only gear she’s toting — it’s one of her sons.
After Hurricane Irma swept through Miami, Green left her house with a microphone in one hand and her younger son around her neck.
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“My kids are part of who I am,” she said. “I’ll take them with me [to assignments]. It reminds people that you’re human.”
Humanity is a focal point of most of her storytelling. Green — a Miami native — often reports on difficult topics that even journalists have a hard time covering: social justice, gun violence and inequality. The work she does is necessary, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
“Emotionally it can take a toll,” she said. “It’s a hard place to report from. Reporters who cover any kind of trauma, it’s more real because you’re there. You’re in these spaces.”
Important Work, Meaningful Results
Positive feedback isn’t common in journalism. Reporters hear from people when they are upset with a story, but not necessarily when they’re happy about one. But Green knows the work she does is important.
She once came across a group of kids in Liberty City protesting for the right to play outside safely. She was in the neighborhood for something else, but immediately gravitated to the 3rd and 4th graders. They said they were tired of the violence, chanting, “We don’t want to die. Stop the shootings.” Green’s piece aired, but it wasn’t the end of the story.
‘There is no cookie-cutter prescription for motherhood.’
A few months later, she visited the teacher of a few of the young protestors. The teacher said the story was shared with another teacher in New York, whose students could relate to neighborhood gun violence. So they started a pen-pal program between the two classrooms.
“Sometimes, we like to think the work we do will impact the community, but sometimes it doesn’t,” she said. “They knew they were not alone. I’m happy I got to find out that happened.”
Nadege Green: Supermom with Style
Her sons, ages 4 and 6, are aware of who she is and what she does. Her youngest calls her supermom. Her oldest asked for her business card because he was proud of her. Motherhood, she said, is all about doing our best to not mess up.
“We don’t tell moms enough that your version of motherhood is valid,” Green said. “We don’t talk about the different ways motherhood exists. There is no cookie-cutter prescription for motherhood.”
Her style is just as fluid as her parenting. When she’s at work, she’s in Converse sneakers and jeans — practical for hauling around her sound equipment. When she’s home, she goes more eclectic, with prints and colors. Credit for her fashion sense goes to her Haitian upbringing or her Miami roots — or maybe both.
“I love Miami — 305 ’til I die,” she said. “It’s my hometown. It’s a great place to be.”
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