Liz Farmer is a fiscal policy expert and journalist, writing for a national audience about the many ways state and local governments spend our taxpayer money. Her areas of expertise include budgets, fiscal distress, tax policy and pensions. She also writes about other topics like family-friendly government policy and the role of women in politics. Liz has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and televisions programs such as NPR's 1A and CSPAN's Washington Journal and is a regular speaker and moderator at policy conferences.


Liz is best known for her work at GOVERNING magazine, where her writing was the driving force behind the magazine's educational series, Finance 101, which broke down complicated public money issues in ways that everyone can understand and relate to. She also created the punchy and popular weekly newsletter, The Week in Public Finance.

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

Liz has previously written for the Daily Record in Baltimore, covering the business of sports and other local industry. She was also a staff writer at the Washington Examiner covering District of Columbia local politics, the region’s economic development and its rapidly changing socio-economic structure.

She received her B.A. from the George Washington University in American history, film and television production. In 2007, she completed her Master of Journalism at the University of Maryland. A proud native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Liz stubbornly remains a Bay Area sports fan. She and her husband now live in Smithsburg, Md. with their son, where they enjoy farming, growing their own produce and hiking the Appalachian Trail.