Press Room & News

Press contact

Members of the press can contact StoryCorps at or by calling 646-723-7020 ext. 75

For general inquiries, please read our FAQ page, submit an online inquiry, or call 646-723-7027 for more information

Press Hits

The New Yorker
Intrepid Tales: Colbert Honors StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative

New York Times
The Story of Gay America, via Personal Interviews

CBS This Morning
StoryCorps Uses Vocal Archive to Document American Lives

Wall Street Journal
LGBT History on America’s Airwaves

Charlie Rose: The Week
StoryCorps OutLoud

New York Times
When the Listening Trumps the Tale: StoryCorps Marks Its 10th Anniversary

Mother Jones
How StoryCorps Captured the Soul of America

New York Observer
All Jokes Aside, Stephen Colbert Genuinely Loves StoryCorps

New York Times
The Families We Invent

Vanity Fair
Stephen Colbert Reveals the Three Things He Says After Sex in a Rare, Out-of-Character Speech

New York Magazine: Vulture
Colbert on Storytelling and What Makes Him Cry and Laugh

USA Today
Ordinary people tell StoryCorps their love stories

Digital Life on
How a typo led to a marriage

Reader’s Digest
Six Inspiring Tales of True Romance

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer
StoryCorps Celebrates Teachers With Oral History Initiative

NBC Nightly News
Preserving stories, voices of 9/11 forever

StoryCorps Interviews Animate the Memories of 9/11 Victims

The Los Angeles Times
StoryCorps’ audio history of 9/11

Time Magazine
StoryCorps on PBS: Must-See, Can’t-Miss, Your-Life-Depends-on-It TV

New York Magazine
Approval Matrix

The New York Times
The Stories Speak for Themselves, but Pictures Help

Good Morning America
Listen to Your Mother

Press resources

Fast facts

  • The project is called StoryCorps (pronounced “story core”).
  • Our mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. We accomplish this by recording high-quality interviews between friends or family, in which one person interviews the other. A trained Facilitator guides the interview, if necessary, and handles all the technical aspects of the recording.
  • StoryCorps travels across the country and has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 90,000 participants. It is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.
  • StoryCorps launched the first National Day of Listening in 2008 to encourage all people to record an interview with a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving using equipment that is readily available in most homes—from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.
  • StoryCorps has created a free Do-It-Yourself interview guide with equipment recommendations and interview instructions available online at
  • StoryCorps also provides a Door-to-Door service where trained Facilitators travel with recording equipment to collect stories on-site. More information can be found at Bring StoryCorps to Your Community.
  • With the permission of the participants, edited stories from each booth are broadcast on a partner public radio station. One story is broadcast nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition every Friday morning.
  • Interviews recorded are added to the StoryCorps Archive, housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
  • StoryCorps participants receive a broadcast-quality copy of their interview on CD at the end of their session.
  • The first StoryBooth opened on October 23, 2003, in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. In May 2008 the new flagship StoryBooth opened in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square. StoryCorps also operates StoryBooths in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco.
  • Our StoryCorps MobileBooth travels across the country, partnering with local public radio stations in various cities for one month at a time. StoryCorps Mobile Tour began May 19, 2005.
  • StoryCorps currently has six major initiatives: StoryCorps OutLoud is dedicated to recording and preserving the experiences of the LGBTQ community and creating a historical collection of their stories. The Military Voices Initiative (MVI) records, preserves, and shares the stories of veterans, servicemembers, and military families. StoryCorps Historias collects the stories of Latinos throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; StoryCorps Griot preserves the voices and experiences of African Americans; the Memory Loss Initiative reaches out to people affected by memory loss disorders and their families; the September 11th Initiative honors and remembers the stories of survivors, rescue workers, and others most personally affected by the events of September 11, 2001.
  • StoryCorps asks for a voluntary donation at the end of each session to support our work and ensure access to everyone. We fundraise throughout the year to help cover costs of recording, archiving, and preserving each interview and to continue our mission.

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