Kevin Farkas is director of multimedia with the Veterans Breakfast Club. He is also director and executive producer of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, an educational media organization in partnership with the VBC that captures, preserves, and shares the experiences of local veterans.
Kevin has produced hundreds of oral history interviews and multimedia projects, including audiobooks, dramas, podcasts, videos, and live storytelling events throughout Western Pennsylvania. He is co-editor and publisher of Veteran Voices: The Magazine of the Veterans Breakfast Club, and his creative audio short story series based on local veterans has been noted by Donald Ritchie, Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate, as part of an important new genre of public-minded oral history.
“Every veteran has an important story to tell,” Kevin insists, “but a story not told is a story not heard.” That’s why his work emphasizes the importance of sharing veterans’ stories in ways that inspire others to think and feel more deeply about military service—one of our most significant American institutions—and to recognize the humanity within veterans’ experiences.
At seventeen, Kevin enlisted in the US Navy and served aboard the USS Saratoga. After his enlistment, he hiked the Appalachian Trail and traveled throughout the country by bicycle. After attending New Mexico Highlands University and receiving degrees in English, he taught in several universities throughout the US, including the Navajo Nation. Prior to starting the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, Kevin was corporate director of training in the electronics manufacturing industry.
Kevin is a native of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where he now lives.