"JobQuest" wins second consecutive Emmy

Julie Newman accepts the Emmy(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS was honored Saturday, June 25, 2011 with a regional Emmy Award.  The station won its second consecutive Emmy for “JobQuest,” recognized again for outstanding community service broadcasting. “JobQuest” also won its second VAB Award for public service. “Positive Parenting” and “HealthQuest” took top VAB honors for news and feature reporting, respectively, while BlueRidgePBS.org won in the web site category. 

The prestigious Emmy for community service is the only award category that recognizes the work of an entire station, rather than an individual. 

“Earning a second Emmy Award is a tremendous achievement for the station, ‘JobQuest’ community partners, Blue Ridge PBS corporate underwriters and our members,” said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS president and CEO. “The Emmy is the broadcast industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence. What makes this award even more gratifying is that we competed against commercial and public television stations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Some of these stations have much larger organizations, but Blue Ridge PBS has the community support and dedicated staff it takes to make great, relevant television programs.”

 “JobQuest” community partners were involved in many aspects of the program, which helped people get back to work in the worst economy since the Depression. From promotional activities to prominent on-camera roles during live broadcasts, the following organizations made important contributions to the series: 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.