For more than 20 years, Elizabeth Zach has chronicled life abroad and on the road. She is an editor at Deutsche Welle, Germany's publicly-owned international news agency, specifically at the DW Akademie which focuses on media literacy, press freedom, crisis resilience and journalism training and protections.
A first-generation American, a native Californian, a former Peace Corps volunteer, an émigré to Europe, Elizabeth has pursued stories at home and abroad, writing on everything from women ranchers to Russian art collectors to Bauhaus in Israel, political crackdowns in Poland and Belarus, and China's attempt to build a canal across Nicaragua. Her work appears in Ms. Magazine, the travel sections of The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications, as well as in the 2018 anthology NYT Explorer: Road, Rail & Trail.
Elizabeth has held journalism fellowships at Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism and at the Marguerite Casey Foundation. From 2014 until 2019, she was the staff writer at the nonprofit Rural Community Assistance Corporation in California, reporting on rural poverty and economies, the environment, and Tribal issues across the American West, Alaska and Hawaii. She divides her time between Europe and California.
Her stories span the globe and touch on nearly everything from the arts, the art of solo travel, eldercare, rural poverty…
Women farming and ranching across the American West, the challenges of rural healthcare, generational poverty in California and New Mexico…