Campaign to Save Loudoun’s Rural Roads Wins Emmy for Documentary

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.

Douglas Graham

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

Stories from the Back Roads: Journalists and Preservationists Tell the Tales of America’s Routes

One thought on “Campaign to Save Loudoun’s Rural Roads Wins Emmy for Documentary

  • 2019-07-03 at 9:15 pm

    To each his own. My road, 0.8 of a mile, was dirt and a slippery gravel for decades. I am delighted that it was eventually surface treated. (Thanks, VDOT). Dirt roads are an environmental nightmare. When dry, they create fugitive dust–bad for the lungs. When wet, they cause erosion and unsafe driving. They are not kind to many vehicles. Try riding in an ambulance on a typically bumpy dirt road, as one nearby resident complained. Loudoun’s preservation of 2/3 of the land area of the county has caused home prices to soar, great for current homeowners but sad for home seekers. The history of where I live has been preserved–in a detailed, award-winning book.

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