The You Matter! podcast was developed in 2019 by the Department of Campus Safety to inform the NYU community about resources that are available to victims, both on and off campus, and to give first-hand experiences of both victims and those in the community who assist them. To contact the You Matter! team, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Campus Safety's Victims Services Unit at 212.998.2222.
Karen Chandler Pryor - Ted Bundy Survivor
Karen Chandler Pryor was a student at Florida State University and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority, living in the sorority house in 1978, when serial killer Ted Bundy broke into the house, murdered two of Karen’s sorority sisters, and attempted to kill Karen and her roommate Kathy. Karen and Kathy survived Bundy’s brutal attack.
Victoria Arlen is a television personality for ESPN, former American paralympian swimmer & more. Victoria’s life drastically changed in 2006 at the age of eleven when she developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis & Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. She lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. Doctors had written her off as a lost cause., but Victoria did not give up.
Carla Tardif, Patrick Kelly III and Kari Kelly
Pat Kelly, a Syracuse University football standout who later played for four years in the NFL, died at the age of 37 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. On Pat’s deathbed, he asked his college friend Carla to fulfill one wish: to find a way for families going through cancer to focus on their recovery instead of the financial burdens imposed by a cancer diagnosis, and she did. Learn more about how today.
Chris Herren, Substance Abuse
Chris is a high school basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts. What no one knew during Chris’s collegiate and professional basketball career was that Chris struggled with substance abuse disorder. Chris’s journey to recovery has been documented in the bestselling memoir, Basketball Junkie, the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded. Chris has made it his life’s mission to facilitate honest discussions about substance abuse disorder and wellness.
Episode 73: Seymour Josephson, Rideshare Safety
Karen speaks with Seymour Josephson, the father of Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina who, on March 29, 2019, was kidnapped and murdered when she was targeted by a person posing as a rideshare driver. Immediately following this unspeakable tragedy, Seymour and Samantha’s mom, Marci Josephson, set out to educate others on the importance of rideshare safety so that no other family would have to suffer this kind of loss.
Episode 72: Melissa DeAngelo DiStefano, ALS
Melissa’s father, Ed DeAngelo, was a lieutenant in the Ewing Township, NJ, Police Department when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS; Lieutenant DeAngelo died from ALS four years after his diagnosis. Melissa, now a nurse, shares her father’s story of life with this unforgiving disease.
She should have her own show; excellent interviewer!
This is such a powerful podcast that anyone can listen to and learn from! I cannot recommend this podcast enough to my family and friends!!! Yay!
I am so interested in the topics that You Matter produces particularly in a time of such chaos in this country. I feel hopeful that the discussions highlighting issues relating to psychosocial matters impacting our children, families and our communities are occurring. NYU has done a fabulous job enlightening me to the depth of education, resources and policies in place to protect and serve our communities- and how much need there is for continued protection of the abused and at risk populations. Kudos to Karen Ortman and her team for enlightening viewers!