About the Project

The Berks Story Project is a growing collection of short multimedia stories about people in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Created in 2009 by David Walker, the project was inspired by intimate first-person narratives told on radio programs such as Story Corps and This American Life. Jane Palmer joined David in 2012 as co-producer.

Our mission is to share the extraordinary personal stories of ordinary people in our own community. These are stories about love and war, tragedy, hope and aspiration, dreams lost and found  —  the universal themes that bind us all. We find them in every corner of Berks, wherever people are willing to open up about a compelling, transformational experience. Joined together like the patches of a quilt, the stories form an evolving narrative of this extraordinary place.

David Walker is a writer and editor for a New York-based photo- graphy magazine. He moved to the area in 1995, and lives with his wife and two children in Wyomissing.

Jane Palmer is a writer, marketing consultant, and activist who has lived in Berks since 1991. She did not always love it here, but now delights in calling it home.

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Do you love the Berks Story Project? Awesome! Tells us  —  and all your friends. We do this as a labor of love; our hope is that the people of Berks County recognize how fascinating  they really are.


Do you have an idea for the Berks Story Project? Send us a brief synopsis of your idea —  who you think would be an interesting subject and why — along with your email and/or phone number so we can contact you.

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