Everybody Still Has a Story

CBS EVENING NEWS Correspondent Steve Hartman, who continues to report the popular “Assignment America” series, will revisit his popular series, “Everybody Has a Story” for a limited run starting tonight on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC.

The original “Everybody Has a Story” series proved the adage by sending Hartman to a location chosen by throwing a dart at a map of the United States. Once there, Hartman would randomly select his subjects from a phonebook and then interview them to learn their unique story. This limited run takes the series global with stops in Muscat, Oman; Riga, Latvia; and Rewari, India.

“For the last 10 years I’ve been wondering what it would be like to do this internationally,” Hartman said. “I think Americans feel increasingly alone in the world. And though the world may seem like a very different place than it was when I launched ‘Everybody Has a Story’ in 1998, I believe this project can truly make the point that when you set aside politics and preconceived ideas, it doesn’t really matter where you are. People are people.”

For this international version of ‘Everybody Has a Story’ Hartman enlisted the help of astronauts aboard the International Space Station, who chose his locations using an inflatable globe.

Hartman’s interview subjects were chosen by randomly choosing a name from a phonebook, in the same manner as the original series. The interviews that followed are meant tell extraordinary stories from seemingly ordinary people.

“Steve has a truly unique ability to see originality and wit in all walks of life and share those stories with our viewers. He does it each week with ‘Assignment America’,” Rick Kaplan, Executive Producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS, said. “Bringing back ‘Everybody has a Story’ gives him the opportunity to travel beyond our shores and find those great stories across the globe.”

The original run of ‘Everybody Has a Story’ won virtually every major broadcast journalism award, including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, an Emmy Award for writing and an RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Award.

Be sure to catch the first of four weekly installments, tonight at 6:30pm, right after LIVE 5 NEWS AT 6.


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