Greg Eskridge is an award winning journalist with the San Quentin Prison Report and is a member of the Northern CA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism – San Quentin satellite chapter. He writes and produces all of his stories, using a journalistic style that captivates radio audiences based on his personal experiences. His upbringing allows him to relate and understand a prisoner’s situation and allows him to be the voice of the otherwise voiceless, while at the same time being objective in his reporting.
Since coming to San Quentin in 2012, Greg has become a reporter featured on KALW public radio. Greg co-produced the Live Law, a storytelling event, on December 5, 2015, which was published by KQED. Greg recently co-produced and directed Artistic Rebirth, another live storytelling event co-hosted by CNN’s W. Kamau Bell. In 2015 Greg headed the hospitality committee for the TEDx San Quentin event.
After years of anti-social behavior, Greg was convicted of murder and received 65 years plus 2 life sentences. Since his incarceration Greg has applied himself in various self help programs which has helped him to comprehend the harm his crime has caused. One group in particular was “No More Tears,” which brought him face to face with mothers of young men who have been murdered. This group opened his eyes to see the ripple-down effect that crime can cause. Greg says that when he looked into the eyes of a mother who lost her child it moved him to the point to where he knew he never wanted to cause harm to anyone.
Pursuing a college degree has also been a cornerstone of his rehabilitation. Education has given Greg a sense of purpose and self worth. Greg continues to transform his life away from the destructive behavior he once participated in. He has developed an interest in mentoring youth in hopes of detouring them from the path to prison.
When Greg sets out to do radio stories or produce live storytelling events, his goal is to give the incarcerated men a platform to express themselves, as well as give the public an accurate account of prison life, while dispelling many of the perpetuated myths seen on television. Prison life isn’t glamorous, in fact it’s the total opposite. Life in prison is actually the end result of negative behavior. Greg’s message is clear that anyone can change before you get to prison. And if you do end up here, trust that change is inevitable.
Greg has served over 21 years behind bars.
You can contact Greg by writing him: Greg Eskridge # K07041; S.Q.S.P 3-N-42 L; San Quentin,Ca 94974