David Avram Isay,
December 5, 1966, New Haven, Connecticut
David Isay (born 5 December 1966) is an American radio producer and founder of Sound Portraits Productions. He is also the founder of StoryCorps, an ongoing oral history project.
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David Isay grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and Manhattan, New York. He is the son of the psychiatrist, Richard Isay. He graduated from New York University in 1987.
Isay produced a wide variety of programs for NPR, including Yiddish Radio Project with Henry Sapoznik, salvaging recordings of Victor Packer. He also produced "The Execution Tapes", nineteen recordings of the 23 electrocutions carried out by the state of Georgia since 1984.
In 2003 Isay set up an oral history recording booth at Grand Central Station, in New York City.
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,
2000 MacArthur Fellows Program,
2001 The Hillman Prize with Stacy Abramson for "Witness to an Execution" segment on NPR's All Things Considered,
2006 Rockefeller Fellow,
four Peabody Awards,
two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards,
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, W. W. 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