As veteran broadcasters and journalists, we have witnessed the power of women storytellers, driven by their passion to make a difference with their words and photography.
In this collection from our interviews at The Women’s Eye, we spotlight twenty of these remarkable change-making women storytellers including:
CNN’s International Correspondent CLARISSA WARD , New York Times Journalist DIONNE SEARCEY and Combat Photographer HEIDI LEVINE who tell the human stories from the world’s most dangerous regions.
RBG documentary filmmakers BETSY WEST and JULIE COHEN told the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and how she worked to create equality for the genders.
Director JESSICA YU discovered Ugandan journalist Gladys Kalibbaba rescuing lost and abandoned children in Uganda.
News reporter LINDSEY SEAVERT documented how a principal was transforming a failing school and students’ lives through “Love First.”
Writers LAURA MUNSON, LEE WOODRUFF, COKIE ROBERTS and photographers MIMO KHAIR and KAREN SHELL helped others heal, find solutions, and connect with our history through their art.
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“The women featured are all skilled storytellers who have made a difference in our world. The result is revealing and powerful. It’s a great read.”
Nancy Glass, Emmy-winning Executive Producer, Glass Entertainment Group
Video Interviews with Co-Editors Pamela Burke and Patricia Caso
Pamela Burke Interview on The List (@thelistshowtv): 3 Must-Watch Documentaries Directed By Women
Patricia Caso Presentation Fairfield Museum & History Center Fairfield, Connecticut
The Women Behind the Book
We are friends, fellow broadcasters and journalists who have worked together in some cases for many years. Our backgrounds are varied, but a common thread is that we all care deeply about telling the stories of people who are solving problems and improving the lives of others.
We want to spread their messages of hope and optimism.
Co-Editors Pamela and Patricia have had several decades of experience producing and creating a variety of network and cable programs, many of which have been aimed at a female audience.
Our radio hosts Catherine and Stacey are multi-talented television personalities who have won awards for their skills on camera and in the field.
“Every man deserves a woman storyteller in his life – mother, sister, wife, daughter – who puts words and pictures together that educate and enthrall him. If he’s lucky, that is. If he’s not, he is blessed with this volume, 20 Women Storytellers, edited by Pamela Burke and Patricia Caso.”
Eye: You featured Gladys Kalibbala in your film, Misconception. What triggered the idea to write a book about her?
Heidi: In Uganda there are many reasons for children being lost, like illness, poverty or simple separation from family. I was impressed by the fact that Gladys was rescuing so many children on her own. She doesn’t have money or the backing of an NGO. But over the years she has taken on hundreds of these cases.
Eye: I read that if not for 9/11, you might never have found your calling. Somebody asked you in your book, “What’s the juice for you?” Was that the initial juice?
Clarissa: I think for every American, 9/11 was like a thunderbolt from the sky. I felt like I needed to be more engaged with the world. I needed to go out and understand what the hell is going on, why these people wanted to kill us, why we have been misunderstood – or have we been misunderstood – have we done something to precipitate this, what is our role?
Photo: Scott McWhinnie
“Story is everything. Find a story that means something to you and that has resonance.”
Sarah Burns, Documentarian, TheCentral Park Five
“The pictures, the words and the images from 20 of the best. You can feel the inspiration here. This is great reading and worth every minute of your time.”
Steve Friedman Award-winning Producer of the TODAY Show
“What can top a great story? Hearing these women tell their stories behind the stories. They pursue them with clear-headed drive, honesty, and compassion.”
Sheila Sitomer Award-winning Producer Professor of the Practice, Boston University
“Stories that are the most memorable are those that get people to care and want to change things.”