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Dee Davis is the founder and president of the Center for Rural Strategies, a nonprofit that conducts public information campaigns, produces communications products, and consults with rural service, cultural, and advocacy organizations on communications strategy. Mr. Davis helped design and lead the national campaign that blocked production of CBS’s proposed show ‘The Real Beverly Hillbillies,’ on the grounds that the program ridiculed poor rural families and perpetuated stereotypes of rural life and culture. He helped plan and direct the national campaign that preserved key rural service provisions of the Community Reinvestment Act. Mr. Davis is a veteran of the fields of community-based media production and cultural development. Before founding Rural Strategies in 2001, he worked for 25 years at Appalshop, a rural media arts and cultural center, where he produced more than 50 television documentaries on Appalachian culture and social issues. www.ruralstrategies.org and www.dailyyonder.com