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    Liz Farmer is GOVERNING Magazine's public finance reporter covering state and local budgets, pensions and all other sorts of money-related topics that keep our local governments ticking. Her writing is the driving force behind GOVERNING's landmark series, Finance 101, which seeks to break down complicated public money issues in ways that everyone can understand. That extensive coverage has included how some cities have become distressed or bankrupt (and how they plan to get better), the popular "7 Deadly Sins of Public Finance," and online features such as explainers on the politics behind pensions or the changing regulatory landscape for municipals. She also authors the column, The Week in Public Finance.

    Liz came to the magazine from the Washington Examiner where she covered D.C. city hall politics and local government. Her local coverage included the Osama bin Laden capture and killing, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the historic resignation and guilty pleas of two D.C. Council members. She also wrote extensively on the region’s economic development and rapidly changing socio-economic structure. 

    Not one to shy before a microphone, Liz has made many public appearances on radio and local television shows to talk about her work. She also is a regular moderator at GOVERNING events and, during her business writing career, was a weekly regular on Baltimore Fox Sports Radio’s Sports with Coleman giving her insight on the latest sports business news.

    Liz interviews Jesse Jackson during the Occupy D.C. Movement. Photo by Graeme Jennings.

    Liz received her B.A. from the George Washington University where she studied American history, film and television production. In 2007, she graduated with a Master of Journalism from the University of Maryland. A proud native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Liz remains a devoted Bay Area sports fan. She and her husband live in Rockville, Md. with their son.