Blue Ridge PBS wins Emmy Award for "JobQuest"

Station shares award with volunteers, community partners, members

Blue Ridge PBS has won a regional Emmy Award for "JobQuest," a 15-month long employment advice and information series that helped put people back to work. James Baum, station president and CEO, said he and Blue Ridge PBS staff accept the prestigious award on behalf of all the volunteers, community partners and viewers that made the broadcast a success. The Emmy is the broadcast industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence.

Blue Ridge PBS wins Emmy Award for "JobQuest" was chosen as the winner in the community service category, and recognized during a June 5 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Representatives from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) presented the Emmy statuette to Julie Newman, Blue Ridge PBS executive producer and host of "JobQuest."

Sue Ann Staake-Wayne, President of NATAS-NCCB, said there were a record number of nominations this year, and the community service category award is one of the most admired.

"It's a special award, because it is judged by a blue ribbon panel, and given to a station as opposed to an individual," she explained.

Baum said "JobQuest" would not have been possible without the early and substantial involvement of so many dedicated volunteers and community partners, along with the steadfast support of viewers.

"'JobQuest' really was a collaborative, community project." he continued. "Our partners were particularly important. They did not simply lend their names and logos for publicity. All were enthusiastically and integrally involved in each live broadcast. We especially want to recognize The Roanoke Times and WDBJ7 for their special assistance."