America’s Routes photographer Douglas Graham and ABC7/WJLA reporter Jay Korff won an Emmy for their documentary, “The Long Road Home,” about the America’s Routes project.
The journalists teamed up on the 8-minute documentary, which captures the beauty and significance of Loudoun County’s unpaved roads and the fight to preserve them. It introduced viewers to a team of journalists, historians and preservationists who are leveraging images, storytelling, and historical research to encourage the preservations of the nearly 300-mile rural road network.
They make the case that the dusty byways tell the stories of pioneers, wars, slavery and the struggle for freedom, the coming of the automobile, and the modern era existing beside traditional farms. The initiative seeks to document, commemorate and educate about the significant resources and encourage the public to experience the roadways by car, on foot, bike or horse.
The 61st Emmys were presented by The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on June 22 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
The documentary also won Korff, Graham, and WJLA drone operators Richard Chamberlain and Alex Brauer the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Video.
Watch the video, and find America’s Routes’ photos, short stories, and a history tour that can be done on foot, horseback, bicycle or by car at AmericasRoutes.com.