Jay Allison is an American independent public radio producer and broadcast journalist. His work has been featured on radio programs such as This American Life, as well as National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and Morning Edition. Allison is the Executive Director of Atlantic Public Media, which produced and administers Transom.org and the Public Radio Exchange PRX, and is the "Curator" and co-producer, with Dan Gediman, of This I Believe. He is also the "Curator" of the radio program, Heart of the Land.
Before coming to broadcasting, Allison was a theatre director in Washington, D.C. and New York City in the early 1970s.
He was the 1996 recipient of the CPB's Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio, the only independent producer to have received it. He has also received five Peabody Awards.
Allison and Gediman collected some of the best essays from the This I Believe series and published them in the books This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women and This I Believe II.
The series is not reactive, not angry, not a debate; it's reflective and premeditated. We very deliberately haven't opened any online discussion boards. So many people today listen in attack mode. We want to enforce listening.