By Kerry Colby, Marketing Coordinator

Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB), a community service of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, is welcoming national nonprofit storytelling organization StoryCorps to record, preserve and share the stories of the Lewis-Clark Valley this summer. 

NWPB will partner with Innovia Foundation to welcome StoryCorps and their Mobile Tour July 8 through August 7, 2020. In the past, NWPB has hosted StoryCorps tour stops in Pullman/Moscow, Wenatchee, Tri-Cities, Tacoma and Yakima.

“We’ve all had the experience of listening to a loved one and wishing that we could record the conversation for posterity,” Kerry Swanson, NWPB Station Manager, said. “StoryCorps lets us share important life experiences with each other and future generations. We look forward to being able to share those stories from the Pacific Northwest.”

The Mobile Tour began in 2005 when StoryCorps converted an Airstream trailer into a traveling recording studio—their MobileBooth—and launched its first cross-country tour. Each year, Storycorps visits cities and towns across the country to record the stories of the people who live there. They partner with local public radio stations, cultural institutions and community-based organizations to get the word out and invite participants to bring visitors to the StoryCorps MobileBooth.

“Innovia Foundation is committed to bringing communities together to promote equity and opportunity,” Shelly O’Quinn, CEO of Innovia Foundation, said. “StoryCorps reminds us that this goal often starts with bringing two people together to share with others and learn that our individual stories often share a common thread. We are excited to support this StoryCorps event and hear the stories of inspiration, courage and hope from residents throughout this region.”

Reservations to record during the visit will open in June. For more information about StoryCorps’ upcoming visit to the Lewis-Clark Valley, visit