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Bill Bishop

Temporary tattoo, spotted at the Moravia (Texas) church picnic, 2008

55 million people live in the rural U.S. ­ Maybe you’re one of them, or used to be, or want to be. As mainstream TV and newspapers retreat from small towns, the Daily Yonder is coming on strong.

We’re your daily multi-media source of news, commentary, research, and features.

Check us throughout the day for breaking news, commentary, reports from our rural correspondents, updates from the best rural bloggers, and eye-opening photography from across the rural U.S.

The Daily Yonder’s special reports also bring you overviews of the big issues now facing small communities — health, employment, broadband access, education, and economic development. We’re tracking how national policies are reaching (or ignoring) rural communities.

The Daily Yonder has been published on the web since 2007 by the Center for Rural Strategies, a non-profit media organization based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Knoxville, Tennessee. The site  was developed with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Media Democracy Fund.

The Yonder was founded in 2007 by Co-editors Julie Ardery and Bill Bishop. Among other qualifications for the job, they owned and edited a weekly newspaper in Smithville, Texas, in the 1980s. Bill”s The Big Sort, a study of political segregation, was named one of the top 100 books of 2008 by The New York Times.

The current editor is Tim Marema. Tim also has a background in small-town weekly journalism. His first newspaper job was at the Berea Citizen while he was a student at Berea College in Kentucky.


We welcome photos, tips, observations, and links to stories about rural America. Send us stories about what you’ve seen, heard or witnessed. Make it meaningful, make it cool, make it good, make it Yonder.


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