Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including the New York Times best sellers: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007), Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010), All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (2012), and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013). In 2015, Dave was recognized with the TED Prize, awarded annually to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. In April 2016 his fifth StoryCorps book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work was released.
StoryCorps was founded in 2003 with a mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Over the past 13 years, StoryCorps has provided more than 120,000 people from across the country with vital opportunities to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for future generations in our archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Select interviews are edited for national broadcast each week on NPR’s Morning Edition and animated for national distribution on PBS, local public television, and digital media to reach a national audience of millions.
All StoryCorps activities, from the delivery of its interview service, to its archive, to the creation and distribution of produced content, are carried out with an unwavering commitment to inclusion of underrepresented populations. By collecting, preserving, and broadly disseminating authentic stories from diverse participants across the United States, StoryCorps promotes a deeper understanding—both historic and contemporary—of the many communities that constitute the nation. Since the launch of it first recording venue in New York City in 2003, StoryCorps has expanded nationally to meet the demand for its services.
StoryCorps Legacy was launched in 2010 to record, preserve, and share the stories of people facing serious illness, their families, and care givers. StoryCorps is proud to partner with Providence Health & Services, its Institute for Human Caring, and its system-wide Hear Me Now project as part of StoryCorps Legacy.