This I Believe
This I Believe
Atlantic Public Media created the initial pilots for the NPR series, This I Believe, and served as the production team and review board.


Listen... a sound collage from This I Believe from NPR

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About This I Believe

This I Believe was an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief, written by people from all walks of life, are archived online in perpetuity. Selected essays aired on National Public Radio from 2005 to 2009, and were collected in a New York Times bestselling book; further collections of NPR-aired essays were also published.

Atlantic Public Media served as the independent production team for the long-running and acclaimed NPR series, This I Believe.

Jay Allison was the curator. Viki Merrick was editor. The series also produced best-selling books which are still used in schools and colleges today.


Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow was the host and creator of the original This I Believe series over 70 years ago.

Listen... Eboo Patel on This I Believe

In 2005 and 2006, USA Weekend invited its readers to participate in the project and published selected essays from their readers. Numerous local public radio stations, newspapers, and magazines have featured essays from citizens in their communities. In 2008 Atlantic Public Media helped Madhu Acharya create a Nepali version of This I Believe.

The series spawned an outreach structure to bring this program to the attention of schools and other community groups, and the books have become popular with “one book, one community” projects.

The project was based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

Two bestselling books based on This I Believe are available for purchase.

Listen... Dennis Downey on This I Believe

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Edward R. Murrow & President Truman
Edward R. Murrow (r) with President Truman, who wrote an essay for This I Believe in the 1950s. (PHOTO: Truman Presidential Library)

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