The DAILY YONDER
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The Daily Yonder brings issues and images of the rural U.S. to the fore. We welcome readers from all over to see what’s working, failing or never been tried in small communities. (You can friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.)
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Assistant Editor and Photo Director
Mississippi State University
Dee Davis is president and founder of the Center for Rural Strategies, which publishes the Daily Yonder. He is the former executive producer of Appalshop,
the Appalachian media arts and education center. While Dee was at
Appalshop, the organization produced more than 50 documentary films and
videos, including “Belinda,” which received an Alfred A.
Dupont/Columbia University Award for journalism excellence. Dee is
chairperson of the steering committee of the National Rural Assembly and a member of the national advisory board of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Dee holds an English degree from the University of Kentucky.
Bill Bishop is co-editor of the Daily Yonder. Bill is the author of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of America is Tearing Us Apart (Houghton
Mifflin Co., 2008), which examines political segregation and social
segmentation. He was a writer on the special projects team at the
Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and associate editor and columnist
for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. Bishop has worked as a reporter
at The Mountain Eagle, a weekly newspaper in the coalfields of Eastern
Kentucky, served in several political campaigns and spent five years as
a free-lance writer specializing in the coal industry. He was a
finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1989 and won
the Gerald Loeb Award for commentary on business and economics in 1996
and was a finalist in 1998. Bill is a graduate of Duke University.
Julie Ardery is
co-editor of the Daily Yonder. In the 1980s, she and her husband, Bill
Bishop, edited and published the Bastrop County Times, a weekly paper
in Smithville, Texas. She is the author of the book The Temptation: Edgar Tolson and the Genesis of Twentieth Century Folk Art
(University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and has written on art and
culture for newspapers, magazines and academic journals. She also
directs “The Human Flower Project,”
an international archive of floral news, science and customs. Julie
holds a Masters in English from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D.
in sociology from the University of Kentucky.
Tim Marema is
vice president of the Center for Rural Strategies and associate editor
of the Daily Yonder. He began his print journalism career at the weekly
Berea (Ky.) Citizen as part of Berea College’s student labor program.
He went on to help found the Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Herald, a
daily edition of the Herald-Sun of Durham. He served as editor of the
newspaper for five years before joining Appalshop as development
director in 1992. Tim holds a master’s in journalism from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Julianne Couch is
a freelance writer from Iowa. Her essays and articles have appeared
in Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster
Divers; High Country News, Owen Wister Review, Heritage of the Great
Plains, Hard Ground: Writing the Rockies, Ahead of Their Time: Wyoming
Voices for the Wilderness, Peaks & Plains and other publications.
She is the editor of the University of Wyoming’s alumni publication,
Alumnews, and co-hosts a literary talk show on a community radio
station in Laramie. She is the author of the travel memoir Jukeboxes & Jackalopes: A Wyoming Bar Journey (2007). The sequel, Jukeboxes & Jackalopes: The Photographic Companion,
is forthcoming from the Wyoming State Historical Society. She holds a
master’s degree in English from Emporia (Kan.) State University.
You can keep up with Julianne by following her on Twitter.
is a writer and farmer from northwest Missouri. Aside from his “Letters
from Langdon” column for the Daily Yonder, he also writes a weekly
column for DTN Grains Edition titled “View from the Cab,” opinion
pieces for Organization for Competitive Markets Newsletter, and local
Missouri news for Missouri Farmers Union’s quarterly. Richard and his
wife, Linda, have raised their family and made a living on their land,
some of which has been in the family for five generations. With his son
Brandon, he grows seed soybeans, food corn, and cattle.