KQED’s Roadtrip Nation receives a Program Excellence Award at APT’s Fall Marketplace

Dan Ford, executive producer of Roadtrip Nation, with fellow winner Rick Steves showing off their awards for Program Excellence at APT’s Fall Marketplace.

American Public Televisions, 2017 Fall Marketplace took a moment this year to recognize 3 Public Television series and producers with Program Excellence Awards. Among them, was KQED’s own presentation, Roadtrip Nation.

These awards honor outstanding content production that embodies the spirit, voice and unique perspectives brought to our public television system by independent producers.

Along with RoadtripNation, awards were also bestowed onto veteran public media makers, Rick Steves, and A Place to Call Home.

KQED’s Roadtrip Nation, is currently on its 15th Season, as it rolls out it’s newest program, Setting Course, which follows road trippers along the islands of Hawaii- focusing on living in small towns while focusing on creating a big impact. Veterans of public media, Roadtrip Nation also made waves this past year highlighting the groundbreaking news of DACA reform with their release, Beyond the Dream and earlier this year winning program recognition with their military focused road trip, The Next Mission, which received accolades from 6 Certified for their honest, and thoughtful coverage of what life is really like outside of the service and out of a uniform.

“It’s really an honor to receive such recognition,” said Executive Producer, for Roadtrip Nation, Dan Ford as he accepted the award. “It feels like just yesterday we pulled up to Fall Marketplace in our big green RV as we attempted to coax you all to get on board and so many of you didn’t know what to think!.”

Dan Ford went on to give thanks to the incredible production staff at Roadtrip Nation Productions as well as recognition to his station relations experts, Kirstin Fellows & Selena Lauterer.

Roadtrip Nation was specifically recognized for their unique approach to multimedia content and educational outreach, as each documentary installment offers companion educational materials that cover every topic Roadtrip broaches.

Roadtrip Nation has also released the following statement in regards to the award:

“Roadtrip Nation is honored to receive this award that recognizes our mission to empower people to define their own roads in life. For 15 seasons, we’ve had the privilege to tell the stories of people as they seek out their life’s purpose—stories that would otherwise go untold. Thanks to the support of our public television family, everyone from veterans to aspiring mechanics, artists, and beyond have shared their journeys and shown audiences far and wide that they’re not alone on the road of life.”

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Media Contact for Roadtrip Nation:

Kelsey Cox kelsey@roadtripnation.com

949-764-9121 ext 220

Media Contact for KQED:

Christina Reagan, creagan@kqed.org


About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation started in 2001 when three friends fresh out of college weren’t sure what to do with their lives. Their solution? To road-trip around the country and ask people who do what they love how they got to where they are today. What started as a road trip sparked an annual documentary series, a number of books, online tools, and an educational organization—all dedicated to helping individuals define their own roads in life. In 2009, Roadtrip Nation expanded into education with the creation of The Roadtrip Nation Experience, a project-based self-discovery curriculum designed to help students explore their identities and find careers aligned with their interests. Today, Roadtrip Nation continues to empower individuals to create meaningful lives doing what they love. To learn more about Roadtrip Nation, visit www.roadtripnation.com. For more information about Roadtrip Nation in education, visit www.roadtripnation.org.

About KQED Public Television

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places, and ideas.

About American Public Television

APT (APTonline.org) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black PatriotsA Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves’ Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s ItalyP. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Midsomer Murders, Moyers & Company, Doc Martin, Rosemary & ThymeBBC World News, The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin’, Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched and nationally distributed Create® – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at WORLDcompass.org. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com.

KQED’s Roadtrip Nation receives a Program Excellence Award at APT’s Fall Marketplace 13 February,2018Aine Henderson

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