The Rural Stories Project is a platform documenting rural life through long form journalism and the use of the Storycorps platform to house conversations and interviews about the culture, politics, and lives of rural communities throughout California.

Beginning with the community of Hayfork, CA, this project will provide context and history about featured communities and create community archives that are accessible to residents. This format will document rural life, provide an interface for communities to communicate and archive their lives, and shed light on the issues that are important to rural places.






This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.


Project Staff

 Piper McDaniel, Project Director

Piper McDaniel is an award winning journalist. Her work has been published in the Huffington Post, Salon, Capital & Main, Economic Hardship Reporting Project and other places.

Contact: mcdaniel.piper1@gmail.com


Talia Herman, Photographer

Talia Herman is a freelance photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Northern Californian native, she earned a BA from Eugene Lang College and is a graduate from the International Center of Photography’s Documentary and Photojournalism Program in New York City. Talia’s clients include The New York Times, NPR and The Wall Street Journal.

Contact: herman.talia@gmail.com

See her work: