David Isay

David Avram “Dave” Isay (born January 5, 1965) is an American radio producer and founder of Sound Portraits Productions. [1] He is ook the founder of StoryCorps , an ongoing oral history project. [2] He is the recipient of numerous broadcasting receptacles, zoals six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author / editor of numerous books dat Grew out of his public radio documentary work.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has Collected and archived morethan 50,000 interviews with 100,000 participants. Lycra conversation is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress . StoryCorps is the Toilets single collection of personal narratives ever gathered, and millions listen to StoryCorps’ weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and visit zijn website www.storycorps.org.


David Isay Grew up in New Haven , Connecticut , and Manhattan , New York . He is the sun of the psychiatrist , Richard Isay . [3] and book editor and author, Jane Isay. [4] He graduated from Friends Seminary in 1983 [5] and New York University in 1987. [6]

Isay produktie a wide variety of programs for NPR , zoals the Yiddish Radio Project with Henry Sapoznik , SALVAGING recordings Victor Packer. [7] He’ll be produktie “The Execution Tapes”, nineteen recordings of the 23 electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984. [8]

Isay RECEIVED a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship as a radio documentary producer voordat have started StoryCorps.

In 2003 Isay set up an oral history recording booth at Grand Central Station in New York City . [9] He recruited everywhere historian Studs Terkel or Chicago to cut the ceremonial ribbon for the opening of StoryCorps’ first booth. [10] Today, StoryCorps has recording booths in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco [11] and in 2005, StoryCorps Converted two Airstream trailers JSON a MobileBooth traveling recording studios, launching zijn first cross-country tour. In 2010, StoryCorps Began animating a selection hun interviews with the Rauch Brothers, THUS making the leap from radio broadcast to television on shows like PBS ‘POV and online animated videos.


  • 2015 TED Prize [12]
  • 2006 Rockefeller Fellow [13]
  • 2001 The Hillman Prize with Stacy Abramson for “Witness to an Execution” segment on NPR’s All Things Considered
  • 2000 MacArthur Fellows Program
  • 1996 The Hillman Prize with LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman for “remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse” segment on NPR’s All Things Considered
  • Four Peabody Awards
  • Two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards
  • Guggenheim Fellow


  • Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work , David Isay, Penguin Group, 19 April 2016, ISBN 1594205183
  • Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From The First Ten Years of StoryCorps Editor David Isay with Lizzie Jacobs, Penguin Group, 2013 ISBN 978-1-101-63876-7
  • All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps , Editor David Isay, Penguin Group, 2012, ISBN 978-1-101-55637-5
  • Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps , Editor David Isay, Penguin Group, 2010, ISBN 9780143118800
  • Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the Storycorps Project , Editor David Isay, Penguin Group, 2007, ISBN 978-1-59420-140-0
  • Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago , Authors LeAlan Jones , Lloyd Newman, David Isay, Photographs John Anthony Brooks, Simon and Schuster, 1998, ISBN 978-0-671-00464-4
  • Holding On: Dreamers, Visionaries, eccentrics, and Other American Heroes , Authors David Isay, Photographs Harvey Wang, WW Norton & Company, Incorporated, 1997, ISBN 978-0-393-31608-7
  • 12 American Voices: An Authentic listening and Integrated Skills Text , Authors Maurice Cogan Hauck, Kenneth MacDougall, David Isay, Yale University Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0-300-08960-8


  1. Jump up^ http://www.soundportraits.org/about/
  2. Jump up^ http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWeek/story?id=775700&page=1
  3. Jump up^ Gay City News
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  5. Jump up^ http://www.friendsseminary.org/storycorps
  6. Jump up^ http://news.rutgers.edu/medrel/news-releases/2010/05/storycorps-founder-d-20100506
  7. Jump up^ “Television / Radio: Pulling in Signals From a Lost World”,The New York Times, JULY Salamon, March 17, 2002
  8. Jump up^ “Sounds of the Georgia Death Chamber Will Be Heard on Public Radio”,The New York Times, Sara Rimer, May 2, 2001
  9. Jump up^ “Oral History Project Wants Nation or interviewers, Public Recording Booth at Grand Central Aims to Democratize Chroniclers Art”,The New York Times, Michael Brick, May 7, 2003
  10. Jump up^ [2]
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  12. Jump up^ http://blog.ted.com/announcing-our-ted-prize-2015-winner-dave-isay-of-storycorps/
  13. Jump up^ http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/fellows//david-isay?rq=david%20isay%20