Elizabeth Zach was a 2015 media fellow with Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, for which she researched and wrote about the notable increase in women farming and ranching the region over the past 30 years. As the staff writer at the nonprofit Rural Community Assistance Corporation, she covers rural poverty and economies, the environment and affordable housing in the rural West. She is a 2016 fellow with the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, focusing on rural healthcare and the ongoing trend of rural hospital closures across the nation.
In the American West, Arbitrary Poverty Designations Are Shortchanging the Rural Poor
Two years ago, Consuelo Andrade was living in a village with her grandparents in Michoacán, Mexico, where she regularly saw neighbors and acquaintances returning from time spent working in the United... MORE
Rural America · April 10, 2018
More and More Women are Farm Operators: Who Are They?
In May 2014, I landed back in the American West after nearly two decades roaming and writing about the European continent. I’d taken a job as a new staff writer (the position... MORE
Rural America · April 17, 2016