Oral history backer Dave Isay wins TED Prize

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of the oral history project StoryCorps has received a $1 million award.

Dave Isay has won the 10th annual TED Prize, announced Monday by the organization known for sponsoring talks focused on technology, entertainment and design. The award is given to an "exceptional" person who will in turn create a "high-impact project." Previous winners include U2 singer Bono, author Dave Eggers and biologist E.O. Wilson.

StoryCorps was founded by Isay in 2003. It has compiled tens of thousands of interviews with people from a wide range of backgrounds. Some interviews have been aired on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." All are stored at the Library of Congress.