Minneapolis -- Dave Isay, president of Sound Portraits Productions, was today awarded the 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
In presenting the award to Isay, CPB board member and former United States Senator David Pryor said: "CPB has been a fan of Dave's for almost as long as he has been in public broadcasting. It is a great honor presenting this award to him."
For over twenty years, Dave Isay's radio documentary work has received numerous awards including five Peabody Awards, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards and two Livingston Awards. In 2003, Isay launched StoryCorps, a national project to celebrate and honor each other's lives through listening. The success of StoryCorps lead to StoryCorps Griot, which collects stories from African Americans for the Smithsonian's future National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Isay's StoryCorps airs on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and News and Notes and housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Isay is the author of 4 books and his upcoming book "Listening Is an Act of Love, A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project" will be published in November. Since 1977, CPB has presented the Murrow Award to individuals who foster public radio's quality and service and shape its direction. The award is named for the legendary reporter, producer, executive and government official, who championed responsible, courageous and imaginative uses of the electronic media during his distinguished 30-year career. It's the industry's most prestigious honor.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.