Browse Topics



For immediate release
September 14, 2005
Chad Campbell, NPR: | 202.513.2304

NPR's This I Believe Features Essay by Cleveland's Ted Gup On September 12 Edition of Morning Edition

WASHINGTON- This I Believe, the NPR® (National Public Radio) weekly series of personal essays about core values and beliefs - a contemporary version of Edward R. Murrow's landmark 1950s project -- will feature the thoughts and words of professor and author Ted Gup of the Cleveland suburb of Pepper Pike on the September 12 edition of Morning Edition. Every Monday a new essay, from an NPR listener or well-known personality, airs on NPR, alternating between the signature news magazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Gup's essay explores how his beliefs usually lie in the middle between opposing arguments. Gup states, "I came to accept, even embrace, what I called "my confusion," and to recognize it as a friend and ally, no apologies needed. I preferred to listen rather than to speak; to inquire, not crusade. As a noncombatant, I was welcomed at the tables of even bitterly divided foes. I came to recognize that I had my own compass and my own convictions and if, at times, they took me in circles, they were honest circles that at the very least expanded outward."

Gup is a professor of journalism at Case Western Reserve University. Gup is also a journalist who has written for Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic and other publications, and he is the author of The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths At The CIA. He listens to NPR programming on WCPN-FM/90.3.

The reach of This I Believe is having the same national impact as it did in the 1950s, when the series was originally launched by Edward R. Murrow in an effort to initiate a national dialogue. Under Murrow's leadership -- and in his role as host -- This I Believe included such celebrities of its time as Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and Jackie Robinson. This time around, This I Believe has already featured such current well-known leaders as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris, author John Updike, activist Gloria Steinem, psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison and physicist Brian Greene.

NPR and its member stations have always had a strong connection to its listeners, and with This I Believe, listeners have the opportunity for their personal beliefs to be heard on more than 600 public radio stations across the country, reaching over two million people. Essays from listeners comprise at least half of the pieces broadcast.

After only five months, This I Believe has now generated more than 5500 listener submissions. The hopeful contributors range from professional writers and writing instructors to parole board officials, homemakers and attorneys. Their essays have been revelations about parents, personal struggles and the impact of race on their characters. And they have been serious and, at times, poignant, as well as unabashedly funny.

This I Believe has sparked communal essay-writing sessions in schools, universities, community groups and houses of worship and at life-changing events such as birthdays and funerals. Blogs have been created to share ideas, columnists have been motivated to write their own This I Believe pieces for their newspapers, and one school teacher even penned a This I Believe about using the series in her classroom.

To date, This I Believe essays have ranked among the top e-mailed stories on To listen or to read past essays please visit

NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 780 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, offers hourly newscasts, special features and eight years of archived audio and information.

This I Believe is a collaboration between NPR and This I Believe, Inc., Dan Gediman and Jay Allison, producers.

This I Believe is partially funded by Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, which is the nation's third largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group.