The Story to end production in Nov. with departure of Dick Gordon

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Dick Gordon, host of The Story. Photo: Indaia Whitcombe

Dick Gordon, host of The Story. (Photo: Indaia Whitcombe)

Dick Gordon, host of public radio’s The Story, announced Monday that he will leave the long-form interview show Nov. 22.

With Gordon’s departure, the show will come to a close. The program is produced by WUNC/North Carolina Public Radio and distributed by American Public Media. It airs on 115 stations, according to APM.

“Because The Story was designed around Dick’s unique skills and personality, we have decided not to continue the show,” Connie Walker, WUNC’s g.m., said in a statement. “We wish Dick the very best and thank our listeners and stations that supported and carried the program over the years.”

The Story was WUNC’s first program to be syndicated nationally. The show debuted in 2005.

Gordon said he plans to return to Canada to spend more time with family.

“After 36 years as a journalist and program host, I have decided it’s time to make a change.  My mother is getting older, and I want to be closer to her at this stage of her life,” Gordon said in a statement. “My daughters are also some distance away in Canada, and I find the tug of family is strong. I’m grateful to WUNC, APM and the listeners and sponsors who made The Story possible.”

During its run, The Story received awards including the Harry Chapin Media Award and a Silver Medal from the United Nations for coverage of the war in Iraq.

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