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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2000-2001

Michael Isip

Executive Producer, KQED-TV
Former Executive Producer, KVIE-TV
San Francisco, California

Topic: Producing a one-hour documentary about people who are homeless and have mental illnesses, highlighting local outreach workers' efforts

Published Work:

Hope on the Street
They are people we often ignore and avoid. They wander the streets, take shelter under bridges and sleep in parks. What is it like to be mentally ill and homeless on the streets of San Francisco? What about family members who are desperately trying to reconnect with their loved ones? According to the California Department of Mental Health, an estimated 50,000 mentally ill people in California sleep on the street each night, and thousands more go to jail or are hospitalized. The city of San Francisco estimates that 70 percent of its homeless residents are mentally ill or substance abusers -- or both.

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