Saturday, August 29, 2015



2927 Essary Drive, Suite 201
Knoxville, TN 37918


Dee Davis
President, Center for Rural Strategies
Whitesburg, KY
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Tim Marema
Knoxville, TN
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Contributing Editors
Bill Bishop and Julie Ardery
La Grange, TX

Visual Editor
Shawn Poynter
Knoxville, TN
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Teresa Collins
Whitesburg, KY
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Contributing Writers
Richard Oswald (Missouri)
Mary Annette Pember (Ohio)
Timothy Collins (Illinois)
Roberto Gallardo (Mississippi)


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 Films/Headwaters Television. While Dee was at Appalshop, the organization produced more than 50 documentary films and videos, including "On Our Own Land," 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.


Tim Marema is editor of the Daily Yonder and vice president of the Center for Rural Strategies, the site's publisher. 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.


Bill Bishop, contributing editor, is founding 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, contributing editor, is founding 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.

Richard Oswald 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.

Mary Annette Pember is an independent journalist whose work focuses on American Indian issues and culture. An enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Wisconsin Ojibwe, she worked as a staff photojournalist and photo editor at newspapers in Green Bay, Wisc., Phoenix, Ariz., Portland, Ore., and Lexington, Ky. She began her freelance career 10 years ago, successfully combining writing with her photography. Past president of the Native American Journalists Association, her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Discovery Channel Online, The Progressive Magazine, Rise Up Magazine, The National Museum of the American Indian, and others. She is the winner of several state and national journalism awards and is a recent recipient of The Justice and Journalism grant from USC Annenburg. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children. Her website has other examples of her work.

Timothy Collins has been assistant director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs since 2005. His roles include research, policy, outreach, and sustainability. Collins has authored more than 125 publications, reports, and essays on rural issues, including environmental policy, development, sustainable land use, and education. In 2010, he was named by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Advisory Board. He also is a board member of the Community Development Society, editor of the monthly Vanguard e-newsletter, and book reviewer for Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society. He recently was named co-editor of Rural Realities, published by the Rural Sociological Society. Collins has a Ph.D. in sociology (rural) from the University of Kentucky, an M.S. in agricultural economics from West Virginia University, and a B.A. in journalism from Ohio State University.

Roberto Gallardo, a native of Mexico, is on the faculty of the Center for Technology Outreach at the Mississippi State University Extension Service. He holds an engineering degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico, a Master’s in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. Gallardo's focus has been local and regional community and economic development. His current research interests also include broadband availability and adoption, entrepreneurship, income inequality, and immigration policy. As well as writing on rural issues for the Daily Yonder, he has published his research in the Economy Watch Newsletter. Gallardo lives in Starkville with his wife and two daughters.