Sarah Lapidus covers rural communities in southern Arizona for The Arizona Republic, the largest news outlet in the Southwest. Previously, she was a general reporter in rural Alaska for the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Lapidus has traveled around the world, and speaks French and Spanish fluently, and basic Mandarin. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in French, and studied journalism at City College of San Francisco. Her reporting on local politics, policing and housing issues has appeared in a number of San Francisco publications. As an intern at The Bogotá Post in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, Lapidus reported on general news, indie music and the Colombian peace process.