Blue Ridge PBS nominated for second consecutive Emmy Award

"JobQuest" series recognized again for outstanding community service

(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS has been nominated for another regional Emmy Award for "JobQuest," the series that helped get people back to work in the worst economy since the Depression. This is the second consecutive nomination for "JobQuest" in the Emmy’s community service category.

Nominations were announced by representatives from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during a May 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Emmy is the broadcast industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence.

"What sets ‘JobQuest’ apart from other programs is the frequent involvement of so many community partners that invested so much time and energy into the production," said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS president and CEO. "I’m honored and very proud of our team, including our great community friends."

"JobQuest," which aired monthly from January 2009 through March 2010, was a live, hour-long series that created an interactive, multimedia platform to arm viewers with critical job-search skills and advice. Each episode of "JobQuest" featured 60 quality job openings throughout the region, complemented by up to six "how-to" segments, teaching people how to land a job. Segment examples included how to write a resume and cover letter, how to dress for an interview, how to respond to interview questions and how to fill out an online application. In addition, human resources professionals responded to viewer inquiries throughout the broadcast, by phone and Twitter. "JobQuest" also offered a free a resume review service at viewer request.

The program’s tremendous success was possible thanks to the participation of the following community partners: The Roanoke Times, WDBJ7, Virginia Western & New River Community Colleges, Roanoke’s Economic Development Office, Roanoke Regional Office of the Virginia Employment Commission, The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce; Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management; Virginia Economic Bridge and National College.

Full episodes of "JobQuest" and many of the program’s "how-to" segments are available online at