Long Haul Productions’ work is distinguished by the voices of Americans telling their own stories, in their own words. When we choose a story, we’re really in it for the long haul: we often spend months, sometimes years, getting to know our characters. It’s painstaking, and sometimes we think we’re a little crazy to spend as long as we do on things — but we hope the work you’ll hear here demonstrates the love and care we put into our narrative craft.
Long Haul is staffed by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister. We both started working in our twenties as unpaid public radio interns. Dan begin in community radio in California in the 80s, and Elizabeth started with This American Life in the 90s. When we met in Chicago’s Logan Square over coffee in 2000, we began a creative collaboration that took us from a Chicago neighborhood to a base in rural Michigan.
We frequently collaborate with StoryCorps, the national oral history project. And we’re lucky to be supported by a fabulous Board of Directors and project advisory panel. You can see details on our Board and other background on our not-for-profit via our Guidestar profile. We participate in the Cultural Data Project, and provide our CDP Funders Report on request. We also offer transcripts/physical CDs of our work to those with disabilities or limited Internet access. And while we don’t issue a formal Annual Report, we aim for complete transparency; just email with any questions or requests.
It’s been 25 years since Dan started producing; Elizabeth’s been in the game for 12 years now. We’re honored to have been named United States Artists Donnelley Fellows and to have won some of the field’s most prestigious awards. But more than anything, we’re grateful to have met and worked with so many remarkable people, whose voices have inspired us to keep going for the Long Haul.