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Introducing the StoryCorps San Francisco Team

Posted on Saturday, October 11th, 2008.

SFB Facilitators Blog PIcFrom left to right: Alex Lyon, Kasha Ho, and Patricia Hemphill

These are the smiling faces of our San Francisco Facilitators! Our first day of interviews is tomorrow, and for the past few weeks they have been working tirelessly to prepare. Read a little about each of them after the jump:

Patricia Hemphill: Patricia left her original home of Dallas, Texas, to study History and Theatre at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Since then, she has sought to combine her interests in media, history, and social justice through her work with the Freedom Archives, an Oakland-based project chronicling the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international solidarity movements. New to StoryCorps, Patricia is thankful to be on-board and excited to begin listening! Patricia’s Favorite StoryCorps Clip (click to listen): Jerry Johnson interviews his mother, Carrie Conley, in Detroit, Michigan.

Alex Lyon: Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Alex spent most of his adolescent years in cities up and down the coast. With interests ranging from political theory to performing and recording music, he became involved in documentary work, eventually producing his own late night radio show. Upon graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz, he packed up his things and drove to New York City. After an internship in the MobileBooth Department of StoryCorps, he was lucky enough to land the role of Facilitator at the San Francisco StoryBooth. He is currently wondering if there is any place on earth more beautiful than the Bay Area. Alex’s Favorite StoryCorps Clip (click to listen): Robert Madden talks with his friend Tom Kurthy in Santa Monica, California.

Kasha Ho: Kasha caught the urge for recording people’s stories while working on her thesis for Smith College, interviewing activists about the Native Hawaiian and environmental resistance against geothermal energy development in her home of Hawai’i. Kasha is a public radio junkie who listens to StoryCorps at home while cooking, quilting, and crafting. She sees the value of recording everyday people’s stories as in line with her work as a community organizer for social justice, and looks forwards to StoryCorps’ work to give back to the community here in the Bay Area.

Make a reservation to record a conversation with a loved one and meet our team of incredible listeners at our San Francisco StoryBooth, located at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Phone: 800-850-4406

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  • Welcome (and Welcome Back, Alex) to the StoryCorps team!! We’re so glad to have you all on board and so excited to hear some great Bay Area stories.

    Comment from Megan on October 13, 2008 at 10:22 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Yay Alex! I’m so glad you are a facilitator! Welcome Patricia and Kasha!

    Comment from Jeremy on October 12, 2008 at 9:23 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Welcome aboard Patricia, Kasha (The McKenstry clip is my favorite, too!), and welcome back Alex!

    Can’t wait to hear and read the stories you gather in San Fran!

    Comment from Jeremy on October 11, 2008 at 7:39 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Welcome, Kasha and Patricia. Hello Alex. I think Sarah has chosen a great group of facilitators. You’re all so fortunate to be working with the wonder that is Sarah Geis. We miss her so much here in New York. From what I hear, the San Francisco venue is quite nice, so enjoy making oral history, and don’t forget to take some time “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”.


    Comment from Nzingha on October 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm - Reply to this Comment

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